Back when most CC students were in middle school, pop punk or pop rock was a serious trend in music. The most popular bands of the time were Fall Out Boy, Panic! at The Disco, and Paramore. The trend died out fairly quickly; most of those bands either lost their starting lineup or went on hiatus. New trends moved in such as EDM, indie rock, and the folk-revival of Mumford and Sons and the Lumineers. Oh No Fiasco, however, keeps on with pop punk as we remember it from our pre-teen days.
With the release of their recent debut five-song EP, No One’s Gotta Know, Oh No Fiasco is on tour and will be playing the Marquis Theater in Denver on Oct. 15. With a female vocalist and a pop rock sound, they will easily remind listeners of Paramore, but with a less aggressive and more pop feel.
Sonically, there’s heavy use of synths and pop guitars, and it goes back and forth between dark and pop. The catchiest and cheeriest song on the EP is “No Systems Go,” a guitar-heavy song about pursuing a love, and “Down,” the opener, is a very flirtatious song and is probably the dirtiest the album gets.
The EP is a reminder of the days of Fall Out Boy and company’s run in the mid-2000s. Lyrically, Oh No Fiasco doesn’t get overly complicated and they’re mostly about relationships. The songs are emotional, yet it’s hard to point out exactly what they’re saying. The music community has moved on from this era and isn’t looking to hold on to it; even Fall Out Boy is now working with a darker, hip-hop influenced sound instead of its original pop punk sound.
The overlying problem with Oh No Fiasco is that their sound is stale and has lost its place in modern music. The current state of music is polarized by either maximalist (EDM and Rap) or minimalist (Folk and Indie) sound and not much in between.
Oh No Fiasco is neither, and that is its flaw; it is neither overly exciting or subtle. If you’re still into pop rock, then this may be the album for you. Otherwise, I recommend two fantastic recent releases: Nothing Was The Same by Drake and Mechanical Bull by Kings of Leon.