My name is Noel. I’m in a band called Hooray For Earth. I’ve been invited to occasionally contribute to forthebeat, so I’m going to.
This is about the Danish group Oh No Ono. Most people that know me have heard me rave about them. The short version of my story is that their second LP Eggs was released in Denmark (they are Danish) in April 2009, and I luckily stumbled upon their gripping, colorfully grey video for the first single “Swim” (thx Johnny Woods) just a few days after the album release. I was unaware of Oh No Ono before then, but they became one of my all-time favorite bands within a couple hours of discovery. The songwriting and production are vast and constantly on a journey. It’s just magic!
This past Fall, they signed to Brooklyn-based Friendly Fire and made their first trip to the states for a few shows in January (one at Mercury Lounge w/ Bear In Heaven, wonderful night). We immediately became friends and can say only amazing things about them. Eggs has since been released in the U.S., they returned for SXSW and some more NYC shenanigans, and so on and so forth. A few weeks ago they released the Internet Warrior EP, which includes Eggs track “Internet Warrior” and a slew of remixes by the likes of Caribou, Zambri, Phenomenal Handclap Band, The Depreciation Guild and more. Unfortunately it’s not currently available (yet?) in the U.S., but you can grab a few of the tracks if you take 2 seconds to search the internets — but first, below is the “Eleanor Speaks” remix by Zambri. It’s a sprawling edit-frenzy of vocals and identifiable/unidentifiable noises layered on top of re-arranged instrumental bits with washy reverb and driving-but-not-in-a-hurry beats.
Find all sorts of Ono info and music at ohnoono.com and check out the video for “Swim”: