The EP opens with its title track, “Oh Yeah No,” which has a driving beat and a great punk vibe. I especially love that work on bass. “Yeah, yeah yeah yeah, it was nothing/ Yeah, yeah yeah yeah, it destroyed us/I want that cancer.” These days it’s difficult to hear those lines without thinking of the current pandemic. “No, no no no, they would tell us/No, no no no, it didn't happen/No, no no no, they didn't question.” That’s followed by “Rhythm Empty,” which has something of a late 1960s vibe, particularly in the vocals. “Where something's born, we fall apart/Where breath is faint, inhale with me/Inhaling rhythm empty.” You could believe those vocals had been recorded in San Francisco in 1967. And that guitar part in the second half likewise has a somewhat psychedelic feel.
“Under The Rug,” one of my personal favorites, opens with these lines: “I saw you in your tower/I paid the fee/I gave my blood/I spit on my shoes/To live in your shadow/I lost more than I could find.” This one has more of a punk pop sound, and features a solid beat. Also, the band jams a bit on this one. “How do you plead with your pants on fire?/When a bucket of water/Is under the rug.” That’s followed by “Blonde Goes West,” with Marcus singing lead and delivering some really good work on guitar. That repeated lick that first comes around twenty-seven seconds in is driving me crazy, because it reminds of something, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Perhaps a Buzzcocks song? Anyway, check out these lines: “So, we have pleasure and freshly caught pain/Break it in pieces, we'll sleep on the stain.” And is that a little nod to Buddy Holly in the line “Let’s get drunk and not fade away”?
“Painted Floor” is a slower, but yet totally catchy number, featuring some cool lyrics. Here is a taste: “It’s spitting out anger and I’m full of dread/We’re moving through changes/We won’t pass again/You’re looking through curtains/You’re wondering when/I’ll disappear.” I love this song more each time I hear it. I do hope this band goes out on the road once it’s safe to do so, because I would really like to see them perform this song in particular. The EP then concludes with “Paradise,” an excellent rock song that drives and pushes us forward, a song we can throw ourselves into. And I love that guitar work. “You looked at me; I see through you/Wishing all your thoughts could fill your dreams/But I never want to waste a day in paradise, in paradise.”
CD Track List
- Oh Yeah No
- Rhythm Empty
- Under The Rug
- Blonde Goes West
- Painted Floor
Oh Yeah No is scheduled to be released on CD on October 8, 2021, though apparently it was made available digitally on November 17, 2020.