When it comes to making a professional record, a substandard production quality can make the difference in a young artist’s career. If we, the listeners, aren’t able to hear you and the faceted nuances of your music than we can’t relate to the message intending to be expressed and all hope is lost. You can’t stamp a price tag on having a good master mix because it’s invaluable, and bands looking to get their career started on the right foot would do well to look at the work of New England’s Oberon Rose, whose latest single “No Stranger” is a shining example of inexplicable artistry on a dime sized budget.
“No Stranger” proves that you don’t have to be on a major record label to record a song or music video that shakes the ground beneath our feet, but it also speaks volumes about the level of commitment it takes to make thoroughly affective art. Oberon Rose employ an interesting approach to songwriting that revolves around frontman Tommy Oberon and his writing partner Rebecca Rose, who sometimes seem to share a brain when it comes to inventing provocative lyrics. Having a good foundation is quintessential to making a hit single, but staying on top of its development is just as important.
There’s so much duality in Oberon Rose’s music that if it weren’t as nimbly controlled as it is in “No Stranger” it might go off the rails into more self-indulgent territory. Thanks to the tightness of Oberon’s compatriots Mike Keyes and Chris Listori makes certain that there aren’t any major accidents and rein in any obtuse moments before they get out of control. Not many bands are able to function with only three players, but when you’ve got the chemistry this trio does the music comes as second nature.
I really believe that “No Stranger” is going to be the song to put Oberon Rose over the top and into the pop music lexicon where they belong once and for all. If you watched this year’s MTV Video Music Awards then you already are up to date on the sorry state of affairs rock music is in right now, and these guys might be the perfect band to save the genre from becoming obscured by the commercial integers that control the establishment. It’s certainly a rebelliously stylized number, and what it lacks in aggression it makes up for in sheer vitality.
The future holds everything and anything for Oberon Rose as they embark on a tour in support of “No Strangers” and its parent album Tell Me All About It. I’d really like to hear some more stripped down stuff from this band in their next release; they obviously have a great songwriting backbone capable of delving into almost any aspect of their wide spectrum of tonality, and I want to see just how far they can go with it before running out of space. The true measurement of any recording artist is their ability to make music that transcends the boundaries set forth by the critics, and for this American threesome nothing could be more paramount in their mission.