Music Band: Generator Ohm
Music Album: Upon the Me Om I
Record Label: Self-released
|Lemming Shuffle||Generator Ohm|
|They Can See Us||Generator Ohm|
|Smoke Eater||Generator Ohm|
|Marginal Hop||Generator Ohm|
|Lynarco’s Men||Generator Ohm|
|Youth in Arms||Generator Ohm|
|Devotion in Flux||Generator Ohm|
|First Encounters of the Worst Kind||Generator Ohm|
|Devout, Devour||Generator Ohm|
|Yukon Tempest||Generator Ohm|
1. Lemming Shuffle
Like Sonic Youth, Jeff Buckley and Porcupine Tree combined, Generator Ohm fascinate with their progressive rhythms, beautiful vocals and intelligent lyrics. Strange and captivating.
2. They Can See Us
Starting with a creepy guitar line, a jungle beat and a thick, distorted bass line, this is rock experimentation at its best.
Once again, the choices of guitar/bass melody and vocal lines are of the stranger variety. There’s a sense of underlying tension, and it works in Generator Ohm’s favor.
4. Smoke Eater
Fugazi would be proud of this piece. Possibly one of the most punk/post-punk tracks, the band show their DIY cred with this frantic force to be reckoned with.
5. Marginal Hop
Possibly the best track on the release. Everything comes together; you can even hear some Rush influence here.
Atmospheric and disturbing.
7. Youth in Arms
The emotion of the vocals is perhaps the most potent here, and the Jeff Buckley/Eliott Smith sound is clear.
8. Devotion in Flux
Sullen and aggressive at the same time. Uncomfortable notes abound, and it’s all carefully calculated.
9. First Encounters of the Worst Kind
Get ready for some feedback! This heads squarely into epic territory with impressive guitar work and band dynamics.
10. Devout, Devour
More of what I’ve come to expect from this band; interesting rhythms, strange melodies and dark lyrics.
11. Yukon Tempest
The bass line makes the song – the guys slow things down here for an epic closer.
Generator Ohm’s “Upon the Me Om I” channels Fugazi and Jeff Buckley with dazzling effect. The musicianship is intensely good, and the mixture of punk, progressive rock and alternative makes for an interesting listen. It’s also one of the more genuinely dark and intelligent underground releases you’re likely to hear in 2012. Without a doubt one of Brooklyn’s premiere bands, Generator Ohm should be hitting the festivals shortly if there’s any justice.
Check out Generator Ohm’s websites at: generatorohm.bandcamp.com and www.facebook.com/generatorohm.