Oh, The Story! - Good Morning Illumination
I first heard Oh, The Story! live whilst doing live sound for a community college in my area and was blown away. Most bands that play that venue fall directly under the category of a local band. However, Oh, The Story! had serious potential within a great vocalist, backup singers that can actually harmonize well, skilled guitarists (in the vocalist and two other guitarists), and well put-together songs that definitely keep an audience hooked. Immediately after they played, I asked for a copy of their album Good Morning Illumination and I am thoroughly pleased to say that I was impressed even more.
Good Morning Illumination definitely falls under the pop/rock category that usually doesn't merit any note-worthy songs theoretically. Oh, The Story! is actually able to incorporate some great riffs that show that they have some skill with their instruments and want to be more than just the typical pop/rock band. Within the album, you've got your typical poppy songs like "I Am!" "All Seven Seas." However, 90% of the album merits great response as even their poppy songs do. The album starts off with an ambient electronic sample that leaves their true genre shrouded in mystery. The song that impressed me the most though was "Sin, Repent, Repeat." Before this album, I thought the only bands that knew how to incorporate a brass line was Cursive and every ska band and their mother. This song literally sent chills up my back as I listened through.
Even though Oh, The Story! is a local band in Maryland, I wouldn't be surprised at all if they started popping up all over the United States in a short amount of time. In fact, I am expecting it after having listened to this album. I truly believe any rocker could enjoy this album and I maintain that this album is one of the best I've ever heard within their genre.
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on 2008-04-24 digitalbath Said:
really? they were all really cool guys. I'm putting up a gig with an 8-10 band set list during the summer and have invited them to play in it. I'll probably have them headline.
No date has been set yet but when one is set, I'll let you know.
on 2008-04-24 blackxdan Said:
my friend mitch was in this band
he is a great guy.. looks like bob dylan