Your New Favorite Band: Fair Ohs

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Fair Ohs - Everything Is Dancing
​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 manages to take things a step further in the funkier direction on their debut record Everything Is Dancing. Influences abound from West Africa funk to '60s psychedelic rock, coalescing into 35 minutes of funky, post-punk indie rock.

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.

Everything Is Dancing is kept afloat by standout tracks "Eden Rock," "Colours" and "Yah" -- that latter of which follows a meandering slow build into an impressive crescendo of cascading, reverb-heavy guitars. Some tracks on Everything Is Dancing are pretty straightforward summer jams, the others require a few listens to really figure out. Such is the inherent charm of Fair Ohs and Everything Is Dancing

Oh, and Fair Ohs is a brilliant name for a band. Who doesn't love a little wordplay every now and then?

Everything Is Dancing is out July 26 via Lefse. Tracklist is as follows:
1. Baldessari
2. Eden Rock
3. Colours
4. Yah
5. Almost Island
6. Everything Is Dancing
7. Helio
8. Katasraj
9. Marie
10. Summer Lake

Please enjoy the video for "Everything Is Dancing:"

Everything Is Dancing from Fair Ohs on Vimeo.

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4 comments
Mceachran
Mceachran

I’mimpressed, I must say. I often encounter a blog that’s both educative andentertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. Your ideais outstanding! Here's my Safety Sign website by the way.

 

BiggestVampireWeekendFanAround
BiggestVampireWeekendFanAround

You're ridiculous.Vampire Weekend isn't a shitty band at all. In fact, Vampire Weekend is the best band out there right now,And your opinion disgusts me.

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