The B-Side: Oh Condor
Fuzzed out 90’s influenced indie rock will always have a special place in our heart and Oh Condor has just planted their flag there with “Bending Negative.” There’s a healthy Mascis/Barlow-ness going on here musically, with overdriven guitars riding above a loose groove that give it a decidedly slacker rock vibe, but vocally Oh Condor gives us a bit more verve and pep than is usually associated with that genre. It’s both familiar and fresh at the same time and reminds us that grunge was never a fad, it was just an evolution of the timelessness that is rock n roll.
- Postcard Elba (06/02/2021)
The Silver Lining: Emergency Psychic
One usually doesn’t think of Midwestern industrial cities when one thinks of indie rock bands, but Dayton has produced more than its fair share. Guided By Voices, Brainiac, and The Breeders are names that should be familiar, and they all call Dayton home. Oh Condor is another such band, trying to work their way to top of mind like these other bands. Their latest effort to do so is “Emergency Psychic,” a sweeping LP that ranges from dissonant and skittish pop to mathish indie to hazy shoegaze. Some of the tracks are easy and relaxed, while most are frenetic and jittery. “Zero Return” is one in this latter category, not exactly math-rock, but with the uncertain feel of that genre, like you aren’t sure what’s going to happen next. The track has a nervousness anxiety to it that makes it hard to sit still. Juxtaposed against that is “Handwriting Police,” a track that’s fuzzier and more introspective sounding, dare I say dreamy? I enjoy the play of indie rock melody against frenzied guitars in “Clear Coasts,” and the alternation of cacophonous and breezy sections of “Bought and Sold” is cool. It’s pretty hard to pin down Oh Condor, which is usually the mark of a good band.
- Paul Silver / Jersey Beat (05/21/2021)
Premier: Emergency Psychic
Oh Condor brings a high quality style of indie rock that is gritty, passionate and forward moving. The record has a recognizable injection of some classic indie attitude that you would find with a Jawbox or The Dismemberment Plan record while having a touch of shoegaze sway of a Swervedriver. Honestly, if you told me J. Robbins was involved in this project, I would believe you as Oh Condor’s Emergency Psychic possesses a perfect blend of noise and melodic rock.
- Christopher Anthony / The Fire Note (05/19/2021)
Spin It: Oh Condor, Reflector Ep
Although Oh Condor's musical roots can be traced to '90s indie rock, their production is a little too slick for lo-fi, too ambitious for slacker rock and too fun for shoegazing. The quartet's Reflector Ep, which hit the streets via Gas Daddy Go today (February 28) showcases a scrappy and ambitious Dayton, Ohio-based quartet capable of and committed to chasing down moments of pop and rock brilliance and setting them to tape. And though the EP is short, any of the cuts in this collection of indie rock songs is capable of holding their own with Arches of Loaf's "Wrong," Pavement's "Cut Your Hair" and Superchunk's "Hello Hawk." None of this is tremendously surprising considering the strength of the band's formidable back catalog of self-released albums and EPs. From the squealing synth intro of "Shoot First" the band jettisons out of the gates at a breakneck clip. Brainiac fans will crack a smile at the baritone vocal gobbling that recalls "Sexual Frustration," and modern rock fans will pause at the Franz Ferdinand-like temp change. The muscular guitar lines on "Windsor Knot Ontario" are among some of the finest Oh Condor has ever conjured, and the dual vocal delivery is scrappy and endearing. Capture this EP before the limited-edition release is extinct.
- Tim Anderl / Dayton City Paper (02/27/2012)
You've Been Believed (Minor Manor) - The Big Takeover
...alterna-rock that wouldn't sound out of place in the early '90s. The opening "I Wish You Weren't Horrible" as well as a few other tracks such as "Tunable Ghosts" are laden with heavily delayed guitars, which appeals to my psychedelic side. The songs are full of hooks that mostly remind me of old Soul Asylum for some reason. There are even some neat synth noises to add to the texture.
Chuck Foster / The Big Takeover (Issue 67)