Uh Oh

Uh Oh Album Release Party

Uh Oh

Histrionic, Eric in Outerspace, Second String

Sat 8/24/19

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm (event ends at 11:30 pm)

$5 ADV/$7 DOS

This event is all ages

Uh Oh
Uh Oh
Since the release of Omaha indie rock band Uh Oh’s most recent EP, 2016’s You’re Not Dead, two of its founding members (guitarist Scott Ausdemore and drummer Anthony Bradley) left town in the exploration that often comes with the arrival of adulthood. Meanwhile, Uh Oh’s other two members, bassist Erik Trent and frontman Joe Champion, stayed put in Omaha, left with a band whose future was in flux.
Calling it quits never crossed Champion’s mind, though, and he quickly enlisted Jay Jacobson (Timecat, FiFi NoNo) to take over on drums along with lead guitarist Mari Crisler (The Way Out, Death Cow). For those who have caught Uh Oh live within the past two years — whether in a Benson dive bar or a sweaty basement — this personnel switch has had plenty of time to get used to, and the new members’ contributions are being heard for the first time on record in 2019 with the release of Uh Oh’s long-awaited debut LP, Stay Close.
What Uh Oh loses in the celestial synths and sparkplug guitar leads of You’re Not Dead and In The Glow, it regains in Crisler’s excellent vocal harmonizing and songwriting (particularly on the restless “Time Zones”) and in Jacobson’s knack for adapting his primal rhythms to whatever each song calls for.
Champion still runs the show, though, and he’s doing so more confidently than he ever has. Songs like “If You See Me” show Champion besting Conor Oberst’s pained wail, and “We’ll Laugh Again” is a totally unexpected six-minute, slow-building emo-rock ballad, whose group vocals at its first climax are absolutely triumphant. It feels like Champion hitting his songwriting peak.
His nice-guy, earnest delivery asks you to take a walk with him through Midtown as he digs at his deepest fears and comes to grips with tough-to-swallow late-20s realizations. His coping method, best detailed lyrically in “True Blue” (“I want to be surrounded by whoever’s there”) and “Closer To Midnight” (“It’s worth it just to talk a bit tonight”), seems to be an appreciation for the present, taking in every fleeting second with his friends like they might be the last.
The lifespan of a local indie rock band is fickle, too. There’s no guarantee any band will be around for longer than a few years. While much of Omaha is still enamored with the city’s early-aughts indie rock explosion, the modern underground is very alive. And on Stay Close, Champion — though strongly inspired by Omaha songwriters of the past — cements himself among the best in town today, and Uh Oh proves they’re one of the bands you should be appreciating while they’re around.

- Sam Crisler
Histrionic
Histrionic
Eric in Outerspace
Eric in Outerspace
"With loud variation, Eric in Outerspace recalled Dinosaur Jr with high-gain power rock and extended two-chord outros that could have whipped a basement show or small club to froth. At times, frontman Sean Paul elevated his voice to roaring levels, a rumbling addition to the band’s melodic and brazen lead guitar. The early evening performance buzzed all the way to its finish, hinging on the feeling that one, well-timed shove could’ve incited a mosh."

"The basements, the garages — they can scarcely hold Eric In Outerspace.With their new album Secret Summer, the Omaha four-piece is showing maturation. The growth of the band is announced immediately with the record’s first track “Gee See” and a melodic dueling of electric guitars...Age noted, we’re ready for Eric In Outerspace’s next step. The launch is in progress and looks promising, but we want Eric to transcend the stratosphere soon."
Second String
Second String
Venue Information:
Slowdown - Front Room
729 North 14th Street
Omaha, NE, 68102
http://www.theslowdown.com