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Oh No Oh My, People Problems Album Review


Travis Morrison, the frontman with influential indie types The Dismemberment Plan, once gave an entertaining interview in which he attributed his band's transition from confrontational punk oddballs into mature rockers to a tale a friend once told him. Said friend was having sex with girlfriend when an early D-Plan song began playing: 'the record started, and it just completely ruined everything, they had to stop, and he had to like, lunge for the stop button, because there's like this chattering, yammering, shrieking out thing over in the corner from the box'. It's doubtful that Texas fourpiece Oh No Oh My's decision to change direction and adopt a more melancholy, self-consciously 'adult' sound on their new record was inspired by a similarly dramatic epiphany, but Morrison's words of praise for carefully considered, restrained music could easily be applied to People Problems: 'they have much more carefully modulated dynamics, they tend, whatever the dynamics are they're not trying to beat you over the head with a point. They're trying to provide a space you can kind of enter and roam around a little bit'.

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