Brooklyn, NY noise-pop group Oberhofer is only 3 years old, but they’ve achieved a great deal of success to brag about in that short period of time. Signed to the (brilliantly run) Glassnote Records label, the indie-rock quintet has also had stints on White Iris Records, slots opening for Neon Indian and Sleigh Bells, has performed at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Late Night with David Letterman, and will be heading to Austin City Limits later this month. Ambitious much? Jeez!
Power trios are a lot of fun to watch, but it seems like a tough gig. It takes a certain type of musical chemistry between members to pull off a successful 3-piece act, one that requires instrumental proficiency, intrigue, and sonic complexity. But it never hurts having a very attractive guitar player in the band, either.
It must be an unwritten rule of pop culture that bands from 20 years ago are destined to get popular again. Can anyone out there explain this phenomenon? Is it because old folks (like me) want to remember their youth, or the youth who weren’t born yet the first time around need to somehow seem credible in their fanhood? A bit of both, perhaps? Doesn’t matter to me all that much, especially when bands like The Toadies team up with a band like Helmet to do a co-headlining tour. Kudos whoever thought this one up!