Today’s track of the day comes courtesy of Boston indie rock four-piece Oh Malô with their latest single ‘Miss You’.
Having caused a stir in their hometown, it surely won’t be long before the band’s appeal spreads much further afield if this track is anything to go by. Displaying a knack for well-crafted melodies and expansive indie rock that is reminiscent of Bombay Bicycle Club and early Foals, ‘Miss You’ combines delicate vocals and ambient guitars over driving percussion to great effect.
Addictive as it is enchanting, its melancholic lyrical content belies the upbeat nature of the song, tracing back to the themes of yearning and nostalgia that are so prevalent throughout their debut album ‘As We Were’.
GIGsoup caught up with the band to hear more about the song, their influences and their new record…
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Hey guys, can you tell us a bit about ‘Miss You’ and what it’s about?
Hey! The song goes along with the rest of our record, ‘As We Were’. It’s about coming to terms with how long it’s been since you’ve been without the person you love and taking the time to reflect on what went wrong and whether or not you want that person to re-enter your life in some way.
Are you driven by lyrics or melody with songs like this?
That’s an interesting question in particular with song… The lyrics in some ways contradict the music as far as the mood is concerned. You have this somewhat uplifting instrumental paired with a vulnerable set of lyrics, so I’d say the song wasn’t driven by one over the other. For most of the other songs on the record the melody/arrangement more so dictated the path the lyrics took.
It comes from your debut album ‘As We Were’. How was the recording process?
The recording process was a long and winding road that turned out to be incredibly rewarding. We recorded the entire album in a few basements in Boston, on our own and with a few good friends from school. We had the privilege to really spend as much time as we needed, which I think was essential, considering this was the first piece of art that we were putting out into the world.
How would you describe your music for those that haven’t heard it?
I would say it’s dynamic, unpredictable, and emotive indie rock.
There’s some comparisons with UK indie bands like Bombay Bicycle Club. Are you influenced by bands like that at all?
Definitely, BBC and Foals especially I think had a good deal of influence on this first record and of course Radiohead.
Have you got any plans to come over to the UK?
We’re working on it, hopefully sooner rather than later.
How is the rock/indie scene in Boston? Any bands we should check out?