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Oh Yes for OO3

It is amazing to learn that the band Oh No Not Stereo is only comprised of two members who not only produced their latest record release “003,” but also played a variety of the instruments that appear on the album.

Oh No Not Stereo consists of lead vocalist Sky Nielsen, who plays guitar, keyboard, and bass, and Mykul Lee, who plays the drums, acoustic guitar, and piano. Currently, Marc Wysocki and Jussi Karvinen have joined the duo on the bass and guitar respectively, on their lineup while on tour.

Nielsen and Lee met and formed Oh No Not Stereo in 2003 after moving to Los Angeles. Since then, they have had four releases. Their first debut release was the EP “001” in 2005, followed by their six-song self-titled EP in 2006. In 2007, they released the EP “002.”

Their latest LP was digitally released Jan. 13th of this year and physically released in stores March 10th.

The dynamic duo has created an amazing sound with this latest release. “003” has a mix ranging from high-energy pop/rock to beautifully written and moving ballads to harder-edged tracks. It would be difficult to try and pinpoint Oh No Not Stereo under one category.

The album leads in with the appropriately titled track “Let’s Get It Started” that catches your attention from the start and pulls you into the album. But don’t get too comfortable because these guys often switch gears from one song to the next. Oh No Not Stereo goes from “Shot Down By The Man,” which has guitar riffs that belong in the popular video game Guitar Hero, to “12 Years Later”, with a much slower guitar section and a melodic piano section in the background (producing a somber mood) and back to a brass and agressive rock track in “Something New.”

With a continuing tour planned for 2009, Oh No Not Stereo is on their way to making a lasting impression. It is already apparent through “003.”

The band is currently on tour on the West coast and will be touring in Toronto, Canada starting mid-June, as part of the North by Northeast Festival.

Focus Tracks:

Track 1 – Let’s Get It Started Track 2 – Hurricanes Track 3 – All You Track 6 – 12 Years Later

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