Vocals: Paul Waller
1. The Anchor
2. Dawn of the Swarm
To read the story of OHHMS is to be intrigued there’s no doubt about it. The Canterbury lot dropped their debut EP ‘Bloom’ last year, at just two tracks and around 30 minutes long – much the same as new one ‘Cold’. From that they managed a headline tour, numerous festival invites and went out with bands ranging from The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell to Slabdragger. And apparently BBC Radio 1 gave them a full 15 minute play. During the day.
So, yeah we’re interested. Not that they make it easy to be – bands STOP making it so hard to find out basic info about you. What’s the big secret? After a lot of hunting we were able to cobble together a few fragments and we were really committed. And aided by a press biog. So we can tell you that Paul Waller is the man behind the mic, but hard luck to the rest of the band. You’ll just have to accept any credit anonymously.
Which is a shame because we’re gonna give you some. Nothing much happens in ‘The Anchor’ for the first two minutes; it’s a proper slow build, but it means you’re about as primed as it gets when the gentle guitars and drums turn up to blow wind into the sails. Buoyed on proggy-doom waves and kept on course by emotionally weighted vocals, it’s a real journey of a song. Things get rougher later on, as the stoner rolls and harder vocals are unfurled, but OHHMS make it all seem like the natural course. In a toss-up between the late blues guitar jam and the earlier all-at-once solo we’re hard pushed to choose a favourite.
‘Dawn Of The Swarm’ is the slightly shorter of the two, with leanings towards decades old psychedelic that it promptly knocks the dust off of. For all its pretending to be gentle it has some real force in those dark-heart doom riffs, with Waller adopting a hypnotic rough chant of his own. The changing time signatures throw up oddities like slide guitar asides next to groove riffs, but it sounds super fine.
In fact, we’re feeling pretty warmly towards ‘Cold’, and OHHMS generally. Between ‘Bloom’ and ‘Cold’ these guys have proven they can make ‘em long and make ‘em good. Now they just got to make sure people can find them.