The Oi Oi’s – Need To Breathe – Single Review

The English alt-rock trio The Oi Oi’s are scheduling the release of the single Need To Breathe on the 1st of June.

The Oi Oi's - Need To Breathe

The Oi Oi’s

With only a couple of songs around for those of us who haven’t yet had the opportunity to catch them live their depth of song writing skills has already become self-evident. The newest song strays from the blues threaded Holy Moly, featured at the tail end of last year, to a more complex composition which demands more of them as musicians, a challenge they are ably adept at meeting as Need To Breathe plays with a more muddy texturing.



Subtle shifts in timing create a track which at one moment sparkles like tinkling glasses at a wedding party celebration the next the flat rubbers of the beer soaked pool tables of a pub league competition where angles of bounce and welts in the felt are all an at home advantage and an away win is a difficult prize – suffice to say The Oi Oi’s are able to prise open the key to a victory.

It will be interesting to discover where the trio head next, though if you happen to be in London on the 15th of June at Nambucca you may well have the answers prior to me being in a position to provide an update.

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The Oi Oi’s – Holy Moly – Single Review

The Oi Oi’s is a relatively new English brit-blues trio.

The Oi Oi's

The Oi Oi’s

For those of us who haven’t been able to catch them live since their first performance in April they did recently reveal their début single.




Holy Moly rumbles through the speakers akin to a heavy steam engine pressing down on the sleepers. A bass guitar which seems to surface from underneath the floorboards cracking the pins underfoot marks out the territory of The Oi Oi’s as they challenge the sub-woofers to a duel accompanied by a drum-kit struck so hard the listener can envisage the whole set bouncing around the stage with the riffs of guitar bending through the room like a meandering river forming oxbow lakes whilst the vocal, almost incidentally, threads through the composition.

I mean to cast no aspersions towards the vocal content as without it Holy Moly would be incomplete and is an integral part of the song, however, the combinations of instrumentation and percussion is that which fully captures the attention.

It is of little surprise that the guitars are threaded to almost double their length, to enable rapid string change as I can’t image they last a full set on any occasion it would also not come as a surprise that along with the drum-kit having a surfeit of spare skins and sticks there isn’t also a plaster cast on-hand to support broken wrists.

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