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Oh My God
Interrogations and Confessions
NoVo Arts

Rating: 9/10 ?

October 1, 2004
So, the Dismemberment Plan has broken up, a situation that leaves me to wonder, What am I going to eagerly anticipate now? Who am I going to wonder to myself, When are they coming around again?, about? There are precious few bands that I believe that everyone should have a chance to listen or to see live in concert, and the Dismemberment Plan was one of those bands. Fortunately I, or more correctly, we, still have Oh My God, a three piece pop outfit from Chicago.

Oh My God is in the business of writing infectiously catchy and bouncy tunes that bend all genre lines with an organ, drums and the occasional bass. Oh, and Oh My God really doesn't sound anything like the Dismemberment Plan - I should probably get that out of the way now.

Interrogations and Confessions is Oh My God's third full length album and their second for the NoVo Arts label. This effort finds Oh My God maturing as the instrumentation becomes denser and more intricate than on their previous outings, and Billy O'Neill's subject matter becomes a little more remorseful with lines like "One more day of dying, and it's…/ Torture/ Not to touch her." Which really works for Oh My God - the songs are still catchy as hell, the vocals soar and then dive, and the entire album remains interesting after multiple listens.

Oh My God's first album, Well, was a lush soundscape showcasing Iguana's organ throughout both the interludes and the proper songs. The Action Album!, the band's second album, came across as a little more brash, straight out art-rock. Interrogations and Confessions seems to be the sum of the parts of Oh My God's previous two albums, hitting the listener square in the face with its bouncy pop, as O'Neill belts out "Every band needs a theme song" in "Pearls of Wisdom". Then the music withdraws as "Volatile" opens, O'Neill sings in a hushed voice "I'm volatile with the ones that I love/ If you're close enough, you'll probably get shoved/ You'll deserve it, we all do," before the chorus opens up for a full-on assault of crunchy organ as O'Neill belts out, driving home the point "I'm volatile with the ones that I love" .

Interrogations and Confessions does an excellent job of showcasing Oh My God's dynamic ability and love for the music they are creating. From front to back, this album had my head nodding and feet tapping, singing along to lyrics I hadn't even learned yet. Iguana's organ is as dynamic as any instrument I've ever heard, slipping from silky melodies into crunchy punk riffs seamlessly, Biff's constant beat sitting in the background holding everything together. Through everything, O'Neill belts and croons, showing off his amazing voice. Possibly the best song from Interrogations and Confessions comes after nine tracks of amazement when Oh My God takes on the Meat Puppets' "Shine" and do an incredible job of making the song their own.

One of the hardest parts about moving from Milwaukee to Orlando was knowing that I wouldn't have the easy access to the Chicago music collective that I once enjoyed. Listening to Oh My God is a constant reminder of the distance between Orlando and the western shores of Lake Michigan. It isn't every day that a band comes along that I can truly recommend everyone listen to at least once, but with their ability to write catchy, accessible songs that stands up over time, Oh My God is one of those bands. Interrogations and Confessions is their gift to us all.

Reviewed by Craig Mertes
Craig lives, works and listens to music in the general vicinity of Orlando, Florida, where he absorbs everything from hip-hop to indie, pop, rock, punk and metal. His all time favs include Hum, Clutch, Dismemberment Plan, and the Reverend Horton Heat. The last we heard, Craig was spinning Vast Aire, Soul Position, Blues Explosion, Motörhead, the Blood Brothers and Dead Meadow. Craig is also a life-long, die-hard Cubs fan, so lay off.

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