There has always been an impressive lineage of Canadian punk bands, from the early hardcore fury of the likes DOA, SNFU and Subhumans to more recent bands like Fucked Up, Billy Talent and Cancer Bats and you can now add the The OBGMs to that list, a punk band in the truest meaning of that term. Musically of course they are punk (with a hip hop suss thrown in there too, not surprisingly as they started out as a hip hop production team before morphing into their current form), but they also have the attitude and energy to back it up with.
The band have been making waves for a while now with a string of singles and well received live shows but with the release of this album, it will really throw them into the publics face such is its feral nature and energy and with a formidable reputation as a can’t miss live act, the songs here will sound just as electrifying onstage.
Songs like Beat Up Kidz, Pill and Torpedo are all speedy balls of energy that are full on punk rock blasts but that is not all there is to The OBMGs sound with songs like the quirky House, the discordant Celebration and the aptly titled and hauntingly beautiful Paranoid Paranoia showing off different angles and aspects of their songwriting abilities and their executions.
The album powers through in a vibrant fashion, barely pausing for breath even on the slower material such is the bands lust for life and living in the moment and this makes the album a vital and uplifting listen.
The OBGMs are at the beginning of their career and have a lot to look forward to and this opening salvo, it will only be the beginning for the band. With such an assured start it will be a long and successful career for them and it only tKes one listen to this debut album to realize that.
Canadas The OBGMs play a furious brand of punk and on the bands self titled debut album they show it off to the max.