album: Stay Close - Uh Oh
words: Kayla Carmicheal
How is this even a debut record?
I’ve been looking for a album that was full of energy, catchiness, and relatable songs. Enter Stay Close, the first full-length from Omaha band Uh Oh.
This gem didn’t leave any box unticked in terms of what I love from an indie rock record: Fun, fresh, and fearless. Going through the release, not one song is the same, yet they all fit together. Even love songs like my favorite, “Tripping and Falling for You” refrain from delivering the same old, same old and find ways to surprise. For instance, I love a good mid-song buildup, and this one did not disappoint. The track’s punches of punk in the last chorus is a welcome theme, an element that keeps the record lively.
On the flip side, “Closer to Midnight” gives me my slow, heavy rock fix, while “Time Zones” gets me moving. A record from the heart is easily detectable and Stay Close is a labor of love.
I can’t get enough of the way every track twinkles in its own way. “If You See Me” rolls with bright riffs and the most catchy chorus. The record as a whole makes me feel as if I’m taking the training wheels off of being an adult and slowly but surely (with some struggling) getting to the nitty-gritty.