Oholics – Orbits (Lose It Productions)


I gave this Swedish band a pass on their first album, Disgraceland, even though it’s a carbon copy of The Soundtrack Of Our Lives. The band even hired head Soundtrack-man Ebbot Lundberg to produce them, making the sonic connections all the more painfully obvious. As much as I wondered whether or not we needed them since we already have The Soundtrack Of Our Lives regularly releasing albums, I let it all go because Disgraceland was a solid psych-rock listen. I’m not feeling as charitable with Orbits though. Once again, the band have put out a really well-recorded album (with Rickard Hallin and the band producing), but their inability to develop their own personality is getting grating. Sure, I like bands that can do a stadium-sized take on ’60s psychedelia (Oasis, The Soundtrack Of Our Lives and The Charlatans UK) but I need something that lets you know that you’re listening to a specific band. Oholics don’t have this, never throw you any unexpected curveballs, and as a result they come off as faceless, albeit with a good collection of guitar pedals and solid production values. Weedy sounds, giant choruses, and totally anticipated forays into Eastern instrumentation are all here, but with the exception of “Suzy Banyon Blues” (which at least has an inventive rhythm) there’s nothing meaningful to remember them by.

Tracklist:

1. Transfer Orbit

2. Suzy Banyon Blues

3. Last Stoned Monday

4. Astana City

5. Out Of Track

6. Moonraker

7. Hambone W.N.

8. Snowflakes

9. The Truth

10. Out Of Nothing

Oholics – Disgraceland (Lose It Productions)


This Swedish sextet’s debut has me conflicted. On the one hand, I like their Britpop-meets-psychedelia sound. The songs are punchy and the performances are strong. One the other, they sound almost exactly like their Swedish brothers-in-noise The Soundtrack Of Our Lives. In fact, if you weren’t paying close attention to Disgraceland, you’d mistake it for another Soundtrack of Our Lives album. They even have TSOOL singer/leader Ebbot Lundberg handling production duties (which he does well, giving the band a rich palette of sounds). OK, so they don’t get any points for being original or unpredictable (the use of sitars and a Barrett-era Pink Floyd cover will surprise nobody) but they’re still capable of getting their tunes etched in your brains after a few listens. Their methods may be questionable, but it’s hard to argue with the end result. Keep an eye on these guys.

Tracklisting:

1 Step Inside
2 Columbine
3 Lose It
4 Dream On
5 Disgraceland
6 Lucy Leave
7 I Am The Sun
8 Endless Sea
9 We Hold The Key To Your Head
10 Wasted Youth
11 Wake Up