Album Review: Oslow – ‘Oslow’

Sydney’s post-punk band Oslow have been together for five years. In those five years, they’ve managed to play successful shows supporting international emo/punk bands, squeezed people into intimate venues and creating music that highlights their intense yet blossoming sound. We’ve seen the band grow as individuals, discovering new avenues in life and perfecting their craft even more.

Drawing on influences from the likes of Brand New and Turnover, Oslow’s debut record is a brilliant introduction to the humbling post-punk outfit. It resists any kind of formula and stands strong on its own. It shimmers across the territory of emo with soul-awakening lyrics and has a voice that longs to be heard.

Oslow’s self-titled record is a mixed bag. Having a range of emotional songs as well as fast-paced ones, the easy-listening nature of it captures the attention of any punk/emo fan. With their considerable similarities from bands like Basement and Citizen, Oslow keep things interesting by throwing in some shoegazing elements combined with an eery and mysterious tone to some of their songs.

“Asleep In The Hallway” is a grand opener of the record. Grungy and punchy, the angst-driven instrumentation is fierce and has the right amount of heavy elements. Having some intriguing moments of the song, it reveals how ambitious these bunch of musicians are; not hesitating to take things to the next level and carefully putting in the right amount of experimentation as well.

Their single, “Cold Dark Space” fuses such wonderful guitar riffs, solid bass rhythms and bursting drum beats. Anthemic and pleasant to the ears, there’s an atmospheric and airy feel to the tune. The chemistry between Dylan Farrugia’s vocals and the band’s instrumentation evokes strength. Between the lyrics and the music, Oslow show passion and the right amount of intensity in their music.

“Everything Etc” is very Balance and Composure-ish, having strong similarity to the material the American band showed us in their sophomore record, The Things We Think We’re Missing. This track is one of the best ones to come out of the album. With the right amount of emotion and balance between the instruments, Oslow’s musicianship shines in this song, especially within its last minute. Although some of the songs may seem to blend with one another, Oslow have honestly come up with quality tunes. The record is cohesive and flows organically from start to finish.

It’s a wonderful thing to freely express yourself and that’s what Oslow have done with their self-titled debut. There are enough tunes to keep you curious and you’ll also gain a new perspective from the minds behind the music. Oslow is a name you’ll be hearing a lot more now, and you better get used to that.

Oslow’s S/T debut is available now through Resist Records