From the heart & soul of Sydney’s exploding entertainment scene, the inner west has formed Oohlala - 4 young souls with a thirsty passion for rock and roll. Take a pinch of Otis Redding rhyme, the swells of Booker T Jones Band, wash it in Muddy Waters, let it out to dry on line with the cheek, charm and hair combs of The Faces and you got yourself a blurring of rock and soul.
If there is such a thing as a gang with good intentions, Oohlala are it, bashing away at everything, raising a ruckus and ensuring a great time is had by all.
Vocalist Simon Meli possesses a parched soul throat and can often be seen leaning portentously on his straight mike stand, he seems likely to keel over at any given moment, from the agony of his soul lamentations or from the sheer giddy exuberance of the rockers.
Meanwhile, guitarist Tony Kvesic acts like he is perfectly willing to help him fall over, as long as it doesn't spill his beer or interrupt his riffing.
Bass man, Serge Coniglione is content to hem in the bottom end, arrangements whose raucous acceleration might otherwise derail before the first chorus. He is often spotted watching out for any lapses in beat like an assassin watches over their target.
Meanwhile, drummer Shane Steel O'Neill makes a modest drum set sound like overgrown child's play, a massively energetic beat party. Oohlala are committed to two things: One another and the idea that if they stomp on their blues just right, everyone within earshot of their rollicking symphony will have an evening of unmitigated boisterous fun and damn the consequences.
Oohlala give it to you, like a hit in the heart, injecting one whole hunk of Rhythm & Blues and Sweet Soul Music.
Oohlala are a Blue Pie Records artist and are out now on Blue Pie for the world.
For more information go to www.oohlala.net.au
or search ‘Oohlala’ on Google.
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