Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Review:: Oh No Forest Fires The War on Geometry


About a month ago I gave you all a heads up on the stylings of Oh No Forest Fires. Thanks to Rajiv’s yelpy vocals, the raw guitar and a general sense of chaos, the band’s two demos showed the promise hungry fans crave. True to form however, not many Canadian bloggers bothered to pay attention.

Hopefully that will change with the official DIY release of The War on Geometry. Long story short, it's an invigorating listen. The Toronto band dabbles in so many sounds and styles that trying to pigeon hole their sound with generic descriptors is next to impossible, but I can say that the energy and urgency that the band creates makes the 7-song EP the musical equivalent of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Every song is filled with proggy builds and more starts-and-stops than a relationship in a teenage melodrama, but somehow the band never bites off more than it can chew or more than the listener can take.

Even a slow, brooding, organ filled anthem like I Gotta Tell Ya Fellas, This Is Pretty Terrific explodes into a garage-y climax that gets you excited for the huge sound they deliver on Robin The Boy Wonders. The swirling guitars make the quartet sound as big as any of the noise collectives that helped form that Toronto sound a few years back, but you never think that Oh No Forest Fire aspires to write anthems.

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. They can float into an orchestral mode that surges like the incoming tide (New Cove Road Back Home), but instead of simply enjoying the sounds you are left wondering what sharp curve is coming next. They can easily win over the more "mathy" listener, but know when to tighten the ship and revert to more pop laced structure. By the time they get to the feedback and distortion that dominates the roller coaster ride known as Fighting Heidi, there isn’t much sonic territory the band left uncovered.

Throw in the fact that the band didn’t rework the great elements of Swing And A Misdemeanor and You Know What This Is… Trouble (the shocking piano pop that materializes from the fog still gets me excited after tons of listens) and you are left with one of the outstanding Canadian EPs.

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