New England three piece band Oberon Rose are no stranger to a musical movement. The band is composed of three blooming yet veteran artists: Tommy Oberon: Lead Vocals, Guitar, Chris Listorti: Bass, Keyboards and Backing Vocals, Mike Keyes: Drums. The core writing team is Tommy Oberon and Rebeca Rose. Having cut their teeth with multiple albums to their credit and a healthy dose of local touring they are here with this fresh 9 Track collection entitled “Tell me all About It”
I honestly can’t think of a better time than now to unleash this kind of classic retro style of rock music to the world. I mean – we really need it right now. Having listened to the radio or watched the news lately – most would agree it’s time for something different and new. This latest 9 song LP by Oberon Rose is a ray of light outfitted with a distinctly familiar 60’s style rock feel with a slight punkish edge that takes no prisoners. The OR signature sound and musical personality gives the music credible bulk, feel and authenticity. Make no mistake – Oberon Rose is very interesting but a little dangerous and dark. The airy vocal style and dreamy guitar landscape backed by a non-urgent crack of the bass and drums gives perfect dimension to the opener, “Tell Me all About It”. Just when you think you got this band pegged this track shifts into darker territory on the back half of the piece. It’s a curveball statement that kind of sends a signal to the listener – to be on their toes, not get to complacent. It’s a tune that takes its time to build well enough in the end but when it peaks it’s an immediate transport to days past of classic Psychedelic rock, and a welcome one at that. Radically following is “No Stranger” and “Lonely Ghost” which opens with Jet like guitar riff and then transforms into something very melodic and delicious. Coming back down a bit with “Life in a Box” with acoustic guitar intro and melodic Keyboard/Piano accents just in the right places. Many of these tracks could easily stand shoulder to shoulder with Radioheard and Sparklehorse. To me “Battle Hymn (of the Magi)” and “A Place in the Sun” shine the brightest. Coming full circle with influences perhaps from England, these songs inspire perhaps brought about by the likes of Oasis, Blur and The Artic Monkeys. LP closes out with striking “Drawn and Quartered” and my top pick “Twice Bermuda.”
It clear to me the Oberon Rose dream team has not taken their experience in the music business lightly, nor is this latest effort a heavy-handed grasp at recapturing glory days of the past. For those in the immediate area who are able to catch these three live this is a great way to hear some amazing music by some very electric people. Please take my advice – if you want to start a band sound like Oberon Rose. In a world where corporate is king and cheesy music gets product via top dollar production efforts it’s nice to see a real good band with substance play over my speakers. Oberon Rose has given us 9 hot tracks to chew on thus offering the world a cutting edge glimpse of this amazing style of music that unfortunately has been tucked away for a while but fortunately not forgotten. There is something to be said for good psychedelics – the good, bad, and ugly. In the end we can only hope it a world of soulless musical clutter that there is more where this came from.