ARTIST: THE OBGMS
TITLE: THE ENDS
WORDS: CHRISTOPHER PRENNAT
It’s almost Halloween, which means that scary things and death are on the brain. Why not spook up the holidays with the appropriate sounding adrenaline-pumping spine-chilling album The Ends by The OBGMs?
Coming from the same area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada as heavy-hitters PUP and Fucked Up, punk trio The OBGMs (which stands for The oOoh Baby Gimme Mores) are able to stand out from the crowd with their aggressive genre-fusing sound that rattles your bones. On their second outing The Ends, death is everywhere in the world of The OBGMs, and they’re fighting to survive in this hellish landscape.
The Ends has the band brining in different tones to mesh with their style, something that vocalist/guitarist Densil McFarlane speaks of proudly. “I feel this is the one of the most important cross-genre albums this century,” McFarlane said. “We are Nirvana, we are The Beatles, and The Stones. We are really changing the dimensions of which the game is played like the Steph Curry of this rock shit.” This cross-genre album produced by Grammy and Juno award winner Dave Schiffman (Down To Earth Approach, PUP, The Strumbellas) goes into parts unknown, tackling metal and even jungle vibes. And in the end, it’s a glorious hodgepodge of music that Schiffman captures perfectly.
“DEATH WON’T SLOW THEM DOWN.”
Clocking in around 24 minutes, The Ends is a punk album that takes you to hell and back, and keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. None of the ten songs sound exactly the same, so each listen is a fresh breath of air. It’s quite amazing to see a band like The OBGMs make each song have this edge in each song without slowing down. If there’s one punk album to hear throughout 2020, The Ends is that one.
Opening number “Outsah” kicks the record off with heavy distortion and African drums that fuel the track’s intensity. And this intensity is what keeps The OBGMs from being labeled as another punk band. The same energy is carried throughout the record, with the African drums returning with a vengeance to end the next song “Cash” with such fury. “All My Friends” radiates huge PUP energy, being one the best dancey-like tracks off the record. “To Death” contrasts with the rest of the album, mellowing itself out while still having a hard buzz to it.
“This aggressive nature in the hooks and lyrics brings a cleansing sense of intensity.”
While these songs may make you feel good, it’s not a happy record. Death is scattered throughout, wanting to die but fighting to survive. This aggressive nature in the hooks and lyrics brings a cleansing sense of intensity. It’s a record that hits all the right notes.
Overall, The OBGMs perfectly craft a masterpiece that should be circulated throughout the punk scene. While sticking to some of the same stylish tropes, they made a record that allows them to go toe-to-toe with sone of the bigger names in the scene. Death won’t slow them down.