The oOohh Baby Gimme Mores Rochester, Toronto ON June 15
Published Jun 16, 2012In stark contrast to the blue-light-rimmed, mirrored walls that surround the newly minted Rochester lounge (formerly Plaza Flamingo), local thrash rock outfit the oOohh Baby Gimme Mores kicked off their admiringly wide-ranging musical onslaught with a high-energy punk attack more suited to far seedier environs. Dipping from overanxious rock riffs to well-placed blues touches and back again before the end of the first cut, the rambunctious four-piece proceeded to show off a sharp-edged kitchen-sink philosophy, which would see them match their punk aesthetic to an expansive array of disparate sonic elements to mesmerizing effect. Boisterous drum breaks gave way to whiny, singsongy synth melodies behind raw and relentless guitar lines, which would further diverge into an edgy take on '60s doo-wop, complete with Korg piano, a swinging bass line and the obligatory mid-cut, soulman monologue. Tambourines were handed out to the energetic crowd early on, and at one point, the lead singer climbed up on one of the stage-side speaker risers for a bit of comic relief during the song "Don't Be Stush," after earlier quipping that the three black band members onstage meant the show was officially now "a gang-related event." Corny jokes and a cheesy variety show atmosphere further lightened the mood before the band got back to the nastiest of business with a couple of slaying closing numbers, shutting down a show that was undoubtedly one of the most entertaining of the festival.