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The Ohms Righteous Homegrown Reggae Rock

We straight love em’. The Ohms are a breathe of fresh air shoved into you like CPR. The local Cincy rock/reggae band has just rolled out a hard hitting CD (self-titled). With the help of pro producer Dito Godwin (No Doubt among others) guitarist/vocalist David Danforth, bassist Psycho D, drummer Chet Johnson and percussionist Jeff Waters turned out a real jewel. The Jamaican sound of traditional reggae is in the forefront but the arrangements and melodies tattoo a decisively modern edge to this razor sharp reggae band.
“Run Rabbit” fuses a fast Ska beat with hard core Kingston style vocals, almost gangsta reggae. “What I’m Thinking” keeps it’s cool with jazzy percussion and whispering guitar riffs. It’s light hearted, almost breezy if you will. “Pipe Down” is marketed as the hot single. It’s good, more rock influences shining through on this one. Acoustic/electric guitar blends and soaring vocals. It retains a reggae whiff but the band is flexing their rock muscle with this one.

Pipe Down may be the smart music biz folks choice but ours is #7, “Pushing and Shoving”. This little diddy is addicting. It spun for no less than 7 days straight in our office mac. In fact, Pushin’ and Shovin’ was occasionally played several times in a row. Rarely do we hear a new tune we listen to back to back 2 or 3 times. Granted when we were 17 we often blasted the same song for days. Today, it’s a lot more rare.
This one is worthy. It’s fine jam band funk fused with raw reggae beats. It dances whimsically with a supreme up beat vibe. The jist of the jingle is finding nowhere to just be. We can all relate to that.
There’s just something super special about this tune. It’s as addicting as nicotine, it takes several dope styles and rolls them up into one tight tidy joint. It’s our top choice of them all. This track alone is worth buying the whole release for, or just on it’s own to sample the band’s flavor.
Other tunes like “Resistance” are much more explorative. Dark and moody, dreamy guitar work dances over supple bass lines. And just when you think it’s a new direction totally for the band, they bring it back to reggae and back again.

All in all there is much represented here. It’s a collage of music incorporating smooth jazz and rowdy rock enriched with reggae. It shines with soul and emotion. It screams originality and it’s perfectly produced and recorded. What’s left to say? How about “where can I get one”. Yeah,
that’s the point of it all right. Get your own at the band’s web site www.ohms,com you can go digital or hard copy either way it’s $10. That’s cheap, by our best count if we shelled out a quarter for every time we’ve enjoyed it so far, we’d be up to about 47 bucks by now. Check out our favorite track “Pushin’ and Shovin’” on our site.

You can catch the live show (and it’s going to be a good one) Saturday March 6th at Play By Play’s The Bob Marley One Love 10th Annual Birthday Tribute. Tickets are $10 in advance $15 at the door. Saturday March 20th at Seefari’s Annual Bob Marley Tribute Tour at Stanley’s Pub. Tickets are $10.
After that you’ll need to go on a road trip to see The Ohms. They’re in Annabelles in Akron with the Rhoneds Street Rude Boys on April 2nd. The 24th they’re at One Eyed Jacks in Fairborn. May 1st they’re at Garden Station in Dayton for Music Mayhem and July 16th they’re at Zane Shawnee Caverns for the Peace Through Music Fest. Now that last one does sound deserving of a well stocked road trip. Regardless if you choose a local show or a haul this band is not to be missed or dissed. We guarantee that.

 

 

 

 

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