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Yoko & the Oh No’s are three friends from Chicago – Max Goldstein on vocals, Max Loebman on guitar, and Stef Roti on drums – a raging trio fueled by Taco Bell, rock & roll myths, and pilfered booze. It doesn’t quite add up how a group this young managed to tap into a vibe this classic. At just 16, Max L. produced and recorded the band’s self-titled full-length debut in his parents’ basement. The album is crammed with classic rock riffs, swinging beats, and up front, the sassy, done-up style of Max G. emoting loosely and wildly like a young David Johansen fronting the New York Dolls, possessing a crooner’s voice and a taste for style. Dolled up in flashy get-ups, Max G.’s voice is a growly, beefy thing, a rangy tenor that belies his taste for soul shouters. The prevailing mood in modern indie garage rock is one of stylistic indifference, but that’s not how Yoko & the Oh No’s come across; these kiddos don’t just care, they care a lot. Listen to the crashing classic rock chorus of “Heart Attack,” the sneering “She Knows It,” and the distorted R&B groove of “Nobody Wants to Know.” “Talking over radio/on the moonlit drive/We listen to VU/Jane says close your eyes.”
Yoko & the Oh No’s S/T album is their first for Autumn Tone Records, which has a knack for finding raw young bucks (turn up records by the Orwells, Twin Peaks, and Modern Vices as a testament). Yoko & the Oh No’s are currently on tour with likeminded rock & roll weirdos The Growlers, blowing minds and connecting with crowds across the Midwest.
- On tour with the Growlers this summer.
- The debut album on Autumn Tone Records, the label that bought you the Orwells, Twin Peaks, and Modern Vices
- For fans of the White Stripes, the Strokes, the Dolls, Velvets, and rock and roll.
1. She Knows It
2. She Ain’t Mine
3. Love U
4. Movin’ On
5. Heart Attack
6. Nobody Wants To Know
7. Little Girl
8. Lone Wolf
9. In Pieces
10. Who’d Stop Me
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