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9.1

Ohana
Dead Beat

The first notable difference between Dead Beat and Ohana's last offering - the fantastic Weak Wrists - is the role that the vocals play. This time around Will Farrier's lyrics literally burst out of the speakers, delivered with a greater sense of urgency, emotion and conviction.

Endlessly quotable lines such as "what goes in my mouth, comes out yours" and "some things are irreplaceable, some things are better off not lost", while far from being the words of a poetic genius, are delivered with such force that they will undoubtedly bounce around in your head for days. This not only fuels it's immediate impact, but also makes it an incredible addictive record.

At times these hastily delivered vocals, which vary in style from spoken word to uncontrolled angst driven screams, are placed over nothing more than a single drum or bass line, in almost a cappella style. This, combined with the distant nature in which they have been recorded, helps give the songs a fantastic blend of fragility and determination.

Ohana's unique style of 'math rock' is also a lot more complex and varied this time around. The direction of each track changes sharply and repeatedly, with the band continually breaking out of the limitations often attributed with the genre and finding an almost endless number of ways to reformat and bend their rhythm-based patterns.

If there is a negative side to this record it's that - running at just a touch over 26 minutes - the whole experience is far too brief. Not only does it leave you wanting more, but as the final track Our Distant Foundations comes to an abrupt end you find yourself immediately doing the calculations on how long it would take to get down to Wollongong and forcefully demand the band to give you some more music.

Even for those who are already familiar with these songs (from their live set over the last six months or so) this record still hits with an unbelievably strong impact. There isn't a single wasted note across the eight tracks and, although their distinct core sound has remained intact, the overall execution this time around is almost faultless.

This is undoubtably one of the best local releases for 2008.

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Comments

troyox

mmmm, think I might have to give these guys some more listens

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

When Things Come Alive might be the best song of 2008

1 decade ago

Sean

I have yet to hear this record.

1 decade ago

monachilada

thanks for the insightful update sean, i was worried for a second there.

1 decade ago

Sean

no problem.

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

denmark made you bitchy mike

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

you used to be cool man..
people ask me 'where is mike?' and i say 'bitching in denmark'

1 decade ago

Sean

I here he spells his name Mykk now.

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

launch show this Saturday!!! should be the balls..

1 decade ago

monachilada

that sounds more finnish to me sean.
and please, no high school massacre jokes, its still too soon.

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

can you let us know when it's ok to go on the massacre jokes..?
i have loads saved up.. they can gonna kill
oops.. sorry

1 decade ago

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