Oh No Not Stereo

Oh No Not Stereo

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Los Angeles' Oh No Not Stereo are nothing more than just another semi-aggressive, semi-unruly bunch of rockers who have a keen ear for melody. Yet their tunefulness never overpowers the fact that the band just wants to rock out -- hard. The guys sound like what would certainly result if an unabashed emo band from the 2000s (with an occasional tendency to scream their point across) were really a moody alternative rock act of the mid-'90s, allowing their earnestness to overpower the latter's lingering self-importance. Dense guitars crackle and crunch all over, and Oh No Not Stereo actually manage to make a healthy racket considering that the band consists of only two guys. But this doesn't mean that the music is anything really enjoyable (at times it's downright irritating), a fact that isn't helped by nearly all of their uninspired lyrics centering vaguely on how they won't conform in a scene where music is controlled by money and fashion instead of heart. That's all well and nice, but if this is the sound of free will, Oh No Not Stereo are really not much of a prize. Though there might be an audience for this brash pop-grunge on the Sunset Strip, nothing on this album is memorable enough to demand an encore after the last notes have faded out. Oh No Not Stereo have the passion and rock spirit already in check, but they still need to figure out how to make their music convincingly reflect it.

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