Release Date: Jan 18, 2011
Record label: Koenig
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Pop, Twee Pop
Having changed their name to be significantly less exclamatory, Oh No Oh My (previously Oh No! Oh My!) is at the whole pop game again, and with it, they've carved out a new spot for their sound. It's a little less playful and a little less cheerful, with a more contemplative approach coming to the fore. Their serious approach to the craft doesn't curtail the musical fun to be had on People Problems: There's plenty of that, but if you're looking for the same sugary stuff the first album's made of, you might want to turn away now.
Austin-based Oh No! Oh My! make acoustic-driven rock that is equal parts power and Americana pop on the band's 2011 sophomore full-length album, People Problems. Featuring the singing/songwriting talents of vocalist Greg Barkley, Oh No! Oh My! have moved from being a sweetly lo-fi ensemble to a more polished if somewhat baroque entity that favors long-form pop epics that build to grand, uplifting climaxes. In that sense, tracks such as catchy leadoff track "Walking into Me" and "You Were Right" bring to mind something along the lines of the alt-folk group Mumford & Sons if they were influenced at all by the driving '70s rock of Cheap Trick.