Connecticut alt-rockers, The Oddbodies, released their debut album ‘Low Life Opinions’ on March 17th with a killer show at New Haven’s Westside 2 pint 0.
Previously, The Oddbodies only had one formal release – a 4 song EP released in 2015 and recorded in their dorm rooms at the time. Now, that chapter has closed for the four piece as they begin their journey into studio releases.
Low Life Opinions is the first full length release that The Oddbodies have given to their audience, and it doesn’t disappoint. Somehow the record takes a studio album and fills it with the same high energy that the band are known for in their live performances.
Recorded in Connecticut, the album was entirely self-funded by the band with the money they made from their years of playing local shows; Low Life Opinions creation goes to prove that supporting your favorite local band will result in more music for yourself.
Opening with Motivation Nation, (a track that’s been played live for years) the album is clearly a gift to the old fans as well as an expertly crafted introduction for any newcomers. Motivation Nation begins with feedback tonality – a signature for The Oddbodies – and is the perfect track to start with both sound wise and theme wise.
Low Life Opinions moves swiftly from the high energy of Motivation Nation to what should now be considered an Oddbodies’ classic, Superglue and Love. A rerecording of the track that debuted on their first EP, this time featuring a new end solo that is sure to send shivers down the spine of old fans and new fans alike.
The third track, Fuzzy fingers brings the energy of the album down for the first time; using six minutes to reach melodic and ethereal guitar tones as lead singer Jack Kelly’s vocals dance around. Fuzzy Fingers is the one you could sway back and forth to in some basement rotation.
Kicking it up a notch comes Clingwrap Tourniquet, the debut single that teased the album for two months. It’s loud, it’s angry, and somehow there’s still that crystal clear Oddbodies sound that only comes from being a band of friends since high school.
The halfway point of the album comes with Gypsy Moth, another “old-school” track that takes the best skills of each member of the band and brings them together to create something truly special. Chris Parisi’s ability to keep in time with Will Durant’s ever changing bass is clearly heard even through the studio recording; Joe Burn’s rhythm guitar is perhaps the tightest it’s ever been and Jack Kelly’s vocals sound more developed and clear than they ever have in the past.
The next two tracks of the album finally showcase The Oddbodies true diversity of sound, with the lead vocals being performed by Will.
Wake me Up and Session bring out a harder “dive bar” sound that New Haven knows The Oddbodies for. The guitar tone in these tracks also takes a different approach leaving behind the “Oasis-esque” tone that appears in most tracks where Jack Kelly takes the vocal lead.
Jack Kelly comes back on with Shallow which explores the themes in his previously released solo work and demo tapes. This track, unlike the others, sounds as though the inspiration is perhaps a bit more modern, echoing the now iconic Chi-DIY sounds.
Continuing with that sound development, All My Friends are Cigarettes is the only featured song where Joe Burn’s lead vocals are featured. This song sounds comes closest to “indie pop-rock” genres throughout the whole album, but it still retains the feature basement grunge vibe that the rest of the album portrays. The lyrics make it the only track that’s solely about the growth of the band’s friendship.
Track 10 of 11 brings slows down in a way that’s not dissimilar to Fuzzy Fingers. This nearly 8 minute track sounds the most “Oasis” of the whole album, clearly channeling the band’s early influence in brit-rock. If there’s one anthem that this album will be remembered for, it’s this one.
Low Life Opinions finishes with Not Quite Right, bringing a final explosion to the record. A soundtrack to that time when you were 18 in a basement with your friend’s band getting drunk on 40s.
If The Oddbodies do one thing that sets them apart, it’s that every track on this album evokes some sense of warm nostalgia for the listener.
Low Life Opinions is everything a band hopes for in a debut studio venture. Showcasing the multi-faceted talents of each member without losing a cohesive sound. Having been in the works for what has felt like an eternity, but to come all the way from 2015’s Doses of Dave to a defined band in just two years is a testament to the passion and hard work that The Oddbodies put into their music.
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