Guest Contributor: Jenn Broadwell
As I described last week, I only recently downloaded three songs and streamed an additional two from Oberhofer prior to attending the band’s show at Fitzgerald’s last week, so I admit to pretty unfamiliar with the young indie-pop outfit. The set began with the title track of from the group’s recent debut release, o0O0o0O0o. On the EP, this song is pretty soft. Its gentle guitars climb gradually without ever really projecting a full jam. Furthermore, it’s difficult to recognize how skillful the drummer is. Playing live is a different story for Oberhofer. The softness is pliable and, rather than yielding, they let go with full force. Furthermore, they did so without the reverb that’s present on the album, but unfortunately disappeared at the live venue. The drummer’s right arm commanded the snare and cymbal with eighth notes and his left struck the hi-hat with quarter notes—sustaining the beat with both arms.
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