new music: debut lp from dance punk kings the obgms (formerly the ooohh baby gimme mores) #soundcheck

September 16, 2014

If you caught the OBGM’s set at Afropunk Fest this year, then you already know that they’re the best purveyors of propulsive dance punk out there right now. For everyone else, well, just listen to their self-titled record. All will be made clear.

Words by Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Kicking off with “Beat Up Kidz,” the video for which earned The OBGMs some much deserved accolades, the record is a fiery blast of jagged post-punk guitars, dance beats, new wave synths, and garage hooks. Think the timelessly retro feel of bands like The Hives and The (International) Noise Conspiracy. The band keeps things moving at breakneck speed. At 9 tracks, the longest of which is only 3 and a half minutes, the album is a whirlwind of rough hewn hooks. “Ijuswannaluvuallthetime” finds frontman Densil McFarlane at his most lyrically ambitious, with rapid-fire 3 against 2 vocals.

Ragers abound. From “Torpedo” to “Chambre à coucher” to “King Stay the King,” The OBGMs show a surprising amount of depth and variety while working in the often narrow frame of “play as loud and fast as possible.” The record closes with “Paranoid, Paranoia,” the band’s entry in the long line of loud bands closing their record with an obligatory quiet song. I’d criticize the trope, except for the fact that it’s also one of the best songs on the record. The OBGMs have made a name for themselves by being a fiery explosion of dance punk, but drowning in a sea of reverb, the band shows that when the dried blood is washed clean from their knuckles, they have much more than just impeccable style. Don’t sit this one out.