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Oberhofer release 7", play Deli CMJ show w/ Keepaway and Bear Hands





Oberhofer release 7", play Deli CMJ show w/ Keepaway and Bear Hands

Brad Oberhofer’s taught, melodic post-punk has won his musical project, Oberhofer, quite a lot of praise lately, and that praise is warranted, as the music is a frantic, energetic, and ultimately satisfying treat. Each song is laced with manic drums, quirky melody and sharp, angular guitar riffs that give way to pensive moments of xylophone, keys and samples. There’s sing-along “oohs” and “whoa’s,” and choral hooks like that on “Landline” that will never cease being stuck in your head. Comparisons can certainly be made to the likes of Wavves or Beach Fossils, but Oberhofer owes as much to reverb-heavy punk-pop as it does to the carefully crafted indie-pop of Spoon or MGMT. For a bedroom project (complete with a backing band in the live setting), Oberhofer sounds surprisingly huge on record, with layers of instrumentation and vocals that belie the solo status of this talented one-man project. The band just announced a 7" release on Inflated Records for November 31 and a tour with The Morning Benders and Twin Sisters. More importantly though, they will be playing The Deli's flagship CMJ show at Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday October 20 with Bear Hands, Keepaway and Brahms. – W.D.

Published: October 08, 2010 |

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