“Amidst juicy and dynamic pop songs, Oh No Forest Fires find a home for epic post rock guitar frenzies. With too-catchy-too-be-true choruses tying the beautifully messy songs together, anything can happen while the four piece is on stage.”
Ask them what they sound like, and they’ll tell you, “The sounds we make are almost entirely made with a combination of musical instruments and voices.” ha ha ha, how can you not love these guys! Otherwise, they may tell you like they told blogTO, that their sound is “guitared”.
“The debut EP from this Toronto 4-piece is like a sugar-coated buzzsaw – all raw energy and cutting edge, mixed with a powerpoppy melodic sense.” ~ Adult Contemporary Essentials (UK)
I thought this part of their herohill interview was kinda funny 🙂
3. What’s your favorite thing to do to pass time on the road?
We have a few.
b) “Sweatbox” – This is only really fun to play in the summer. You roll up all the windows, and turn the heat on bust. It gets REALLY hot, in fact once we actually kind of broke the heater in my car. Anyways. First person to roll down the window or take off a piece of clothing loses. The best part is, we’re all so stubborn that people will try to rig up fancy loopholes instead of just losing- for example, last time Brock rigged up his hoodie so the arms hung down to the floor and he was breathing through that so he could get some “cool air”. Pretty awesome.
d) “Cartoon TV Theme Songs” – Matt has a folder in his ipod of just cartoon theme songs (sometimes we just do TV theme songs altogether, but the cartoon ones are the BEST) and he’ll randomly put them on and whoever guesses the song first wins. This is an awesome game. I particularly love the string intro to Pinky and the Brain, and the bass octaves at the start of Ducktales.
“It should be fairly obvious to anyone who listens to The War on Geometry that Oh No Forest Fires is onto something, possibly something big… [it is] one of the outstanding Canadian EPs” ~ HeroHill.com
Now I won’t be playing Sweat Box any time soon, but I can definitely appreciate how fun loving they are!
As you can see, these guys are in the business of enjoying life; in a time where musicians are consumed with all the “benefits” that money/fame can bring; it’s refreshing to see a couple of really talented guys who are steadily on the rise but still sticking to the script. And that’s delivering good music that’s more than just high fashion music videos with fancy cars, and the best part? They’re having a great time doing it!
Combining rock and roll with sugar coated pop can be pretty challenging I imagine, but ONFF manage to do it in a fun and seamless way. If you’ve been to rock shows in Toronto, chances are you’ve come across or even heard this explosive trio, that is Oh No Forest Fires. I will be seeing them perform live for the first time next month, and I have to say I’m pretty excited!
Check out their myspace, and make sure you get The War on Geometry!
Enjoy the rest of your week!