Oh No Oh My and Pomegranates
OH NO OH MY
Once upon a time there were five young men, each aspiring to do something great. One wanted to be an astronaut, and spent hours every night gazing through the lens of a large telescope up into the stars in the sky, picturing himself one day setting out on a deep space mission, traversing and mapping distant galaxies.
The other four wanted to make music. So they started a band.
Oh No Oh My formed in Austin, TX, in the fall of 2004 by recording a series of demo songs. Led by the success of these demos, including a song called "Walk in the Park", the band quickly gained a small following in just a short matter of months in the summer of 2006, and came to the point where the demos hastily assembled into an album, called "Oh No! Oh My!" It led the band to tour all over the USA for the next 2 years, playing with bands such as The Flaming Lips, Gnarls Barkley, Mew, and also to play various festivals such as Lollapalooza, Detour, and SXSW.
This eventually led Oh No Oh My to invade Europe, galavanting around the continent wreaking havoc upon the entire population with their awesome and mighty "ROCK". In between rocking the face off of the people of Western Europe, the band took a small break in the summer of 2008 to record some songs that had been kicking around for a couple of years. These 5 songs formed the EP entitled "Dmtirij Dmitrij" named for their beloved driver and friend, Dima, who had become fast friends with the band whilst speeding like mad men across the Autobahn at night. For the show must go on!
After some more tours and self reflection, an epiphany was formed amongst the members of the road weary band. It had been almost 4 years since the band last attempted to write and record a large collection of songs. And even then, the previous "album" was never recorded with the intention of being released as such. So, to rectify this situation, it was decided that a big fat "HOLD" must be placed on all other band related activities at the time, and Oh No Oh My's first album (at least intentionally) was to be made!
So after much time passing while writing and recording, the band is now set to release a collection of 12 brand new songs upon the world, to collectively be called ****** ********. Because most problems in life stem from people, and what better thing to write about than people, and our problems with them? A fairly dramatic stylistic departure from the previous music Oh No Oh My was known for, the songs of "****** ********" are made up in a much more somber, yet grand scale, which include arrangements for a string quartet. Recorded sporadically over 8 months in Austin, Texas at Public Hi-Fi by Jeff Byrd and Brad Bell, as well as at the Sugarcube (Daniel's own studio). It's big. It's loud. It's quiet. It's short. It's long. It is all these things, and more.
So here we are now at a crossroads. Still the same four young men: Tim, Greg, Daniel, and Joel. All still with the same aspiration as at the genesis of their musical collaboration: we just want to play music.
So you might be wondering, "did the first boy become an astronaut?" No. Hardly anyone gets to be an astronaut. Be real.
Everybody, Come Outside! is the shimmering and dreamy new album from Cincinnati art-pop denizens, Pomegranates. This Cincinnati quartet broke on the scene last year with their debut full length, Everything Is Alive--an album that garnered immediate attention and support from music lovers and taste-makers alike. KEXP and WOXY, among others, fell for the band's quirky and charming blend of pop rock, and listeners followed suit, blogging the band up to 11 on Elbo.ws blog aggregate. The band also caught the attention of their peers. Artists such as French Kicks and Islands responded to Pomegranates' dynamic live set by inviting them out on the road. Everybody, Come Outside! shows a marked improvement both creatively and sonically from its predecessor, channeling influences that range from Talking Heads and Brian Eno, to French Kicks and Fela Kuti.
Pomegranates is Jacob Merritt (drums, percussion), Joey Cook (vocals, guitar, keys, bass), Dan Lyon (electric guitar, bass, vocals) and Isaac Karns (guitar, bass, sampling, vocals, keys). Everybody, Come Outside! was recorded by Pomegranates and mixed and mastered by TJ Lipple of Aloha (MGMT, Headlights, Minus Story). Everybody, Come Outside! was released worldwide April 14, 2009 on Lujo Records.
"Shimmering self-professed "art-pop"...A youthful, open-eared quartet enlivened with a kick-ass record collection, ceiling-less imagination, ragged guitars, and songwriting chops for days."
"We heart superfruits. Keep up the good work...Sweet, sweet sounds are pop honey to my ears."
- My Old Kentucky Blog
"They aren't hedging their bets on the size of their riffs... Instead, the band takes its sweet, energetic sound, and bolsters it with a heavy dose of compelling atmosphere."
- Pop Matters
"I find the music here to be original, particularly because it abounds with a quality not usually found in indie rock: Fun. Lots of fun. Fun without being silly. Fun without being odd for fun's sake. The kind of fun that comes from hope."
- Berkeley Place
"...delightfully energetic pop-harmony music... Like that weird-looking fruit, these Pomegranates burst open with some serious richness, all purpley red and sweet shimmery."
- I am Fuel, You are Friends
"The group's grasp on the finer points of cooking up melodies and honeycombs far surpasses their years... They are songs that will challenge you, make you swoon and also make peer out longingly to the twinkling stars up above on a clear-lit night."
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