Oberon Rose – Tell me All About it
By: John McCall
Most would agree most popular artists out there have something truly special to give to their fans. This goes above the typical attributes like raw talent, amazing songs, a nice voice, or even a very marketable look, sound and image. There’s something truly infectious at the core of these artists that simply makes us feel good when we listen to them. Whatever “it” is – they all seem to have “it”.
Today I listened to the latest 9 Track LP from East Coast 3 member band Oberon Rose who just released their latest LP entitled: Tell Me All About It. Venturing to their website I get the impression these are experienced artists determined, dedicated and passionate about the songwriting craft and being in a no holds barred Alternative Rock band. Band members are: Tommy Oberon: Lead Vocals, Guitar, Chris Listorti: Bass, Keyboards and Backing Vocals, Mike Keyes: Drums. I might add Music written, arranged and produced by Tommy Oberon, Lyrics written by Rebecca Rose – brilliant play on words!
From start to finish this CD from Oberon Rose delivers 9 amazing tracks and is a very entertaining musical experience overall. It pushes hard and has a undeniable euro-punk-rock quality to it popular in the 60’s and 70’s with a bit of Jam Band on the side. It also reminds me of Brendon Urie, The Young Veins, The Academy is, The Monkeys, and Metro Station maybe Pink Floyd during the Syd Barrett days. Any fans of any of these musical styles or bands will enjoy this release from Oberon Rose. It’s clearly marketed for those who like a male vocal front and playing that never lets its guard down. I get the impression Oberon Rose is letting it all hang out via tracks like (Tell me All About it) and (No Stranger). In other words they hit the mark remarkably well by just by being who they are musically. Favorite tracks include (Life in the Box) and (Tell me All About it) and (A Place in the Sun).
All songs strike the perfect balance between rock, alternative rock and clean well crafted UK punk. The songwriting is impressive and digs a bit deeper than the next independent band. Within each one of these pieces Oberon and company capture something special as they bare their soul and deliver what I would call pure musical mojo. I especially like some of the darker moments i/e the ending of the title track. The vocal abilities and passion of Oberon are to die for. The overall vibe of the production is very upbeat, catchy, hooky and even a bit comical with pockets of hope shining through. Besides the four piece standard I really enjoyed the trippy organ, red hot solo guitar, piano and lush harmonies.
I see Oberon Rose as a diamond in the rough, with an amazing amount of potential moving into 2018. As time goes by we will no doubt hear more from them. In close most famous artists out there have “it” I’m not so sure what it is but Oberon Rose has “it.”