Your New Favorite Band: Fair Ohs
Imagine, if you will, that there exists somewhere out there a less shitty, English version of Vampire Weekend -- a band that employs Afropop stylings yet with more of an edge to their sound. East London trio Fairs Ohs are just that. The band does not don loafers and sweaters, nor do they sing about Mexican rice beverages or Cape Cod -- yet, like Ezra Koenig and co., they do have a distinctly tropical punk, Afropop sound.
Fair Ohs - Everything Is Dancing
The tropical feel of Fair Ohs is hard to ignore across their debut album -- an album that is gloriously kicked off with the twangy, rollicking "Baldessari." There are the clearly evident hints of Vampire Weekend in the song, but lead singer Eddy Frankel has a decidedly different singing style than that of Ezra Koenig -- and thank god for that, honestly. It's as if Fair Ohs have taken what was at all edgy about Afropop when indie rock fans started lapping it up in late 2007 and tweaked that sound with more garage/punk ideals.
Everything Is Dancing is a clear summer album, full of light offerings about rocks and lakes that are sure to keep the kids dancing, but there's an underlying dingy feel to Fair Ohs' sound -- one that lends an intangible listenability to the album.
2. Eden Rock
5. Almost Island
6. Everything Is Dancing
10. Summer Lake