SINGLE REVIEW: Oh Brother we’re in for a ride with the Oxford four-pieces new single ‘Hopeless Romantic’


“If Queens Of The Stone Age were the metaphorical Satan, Oh Brother are the metaphorical Charles Manson- the prodigy learning and shaping his behemoth sized demonic talent.”

To open Oh Brother’s new single Hopeless Romantic the four-piece begin with a chugged low tone muted guitar riff and brooding vocal line to match. We’re engaged but on edge- we don’t know the ride we’re on but we’re in for it. For Oh Brother, if Queens Of The Stone Age were the metaphorical Satan, Oh Brother are the metaphorical Charles Manson- the prodigy learning and shaping his behemoth sized demonic talent.

“Does the world need another Ed Sheeran? fuck no! [Hopeless Romantic] is the kind of dysfunctional romance we’re all about.”

To add to our interest is the oxymoronic title and sound, when we saw the title Hopeless Romantic we did not expect the savage sound we hear upon clicking play- Oh Brother have challenged our preconceived view on what a track of this title should sound like and for that we thank them. Does the world need another Ed Sheeran? fuck no! Opening with the line “You’re the kind of character, from a Shakespeare sonnet, I got a little silver bullet, we your name, engraved on it” this is the kind of dysfunctional romance we’re all about.

Just as we’re on the cusp of boredom Oh Brother have penetrated us, they sense our urgency and with open chords and literally a “bang, bang” lyric we’re kicked up a gear- this is the ride! Hopeless Romantic isn’t a linear journey, we’re not in for a A/B verse chorus ditty, the track works through different shapes subtly addingextra tweaks into ‘standard’ set up. Hopeless Romantic feels like the start of something and we can’t wait for more.

7/10

Words: James Wadsworth @jamespart31

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