Oso Oso’s ‘Real Stories Of True People, Who Kind Of Looked Like Monsters…’ Out Now

June 14, 2015


The New Record From Oso Oso,
Real Stories Of True People, Who Kind Of Looked Like Monsters…

Available Now Via Softspeak Records!

Oso Oso‘s new record Real Stories Of True People, Who Kind Of Looked Like Monsterscomes out today, June 9th, via Soft Speak Records! The album is available via the Soft Speak Records webstore, on Soft Speak’s bandcamp and on Spotify now.

“Long Island pop-punk lives on through Oso Oso..” – Impose Magazine

“… the kind of jam you want to play with the windows open, blasting loud for everyone to hear.” – Stereogum

“It’s one thing to write a catchy riff for a chorus, it’s another to have every riff on an album feel like one.” – Washed Up Emo

“…pop-punk doesn’t have to be an insult, and as demonstrated by the songs that make upReal Stories of True People, it doesn’t have to be directionless and gimmicky, either. Lilitri writes compassionate, insightful lyrics about becoming a caring, self-aware person.” – 8/ 

Real Stories Of True People, Who Kind Of Look Like Monsters… Track List
1. Track One Side A
2. Wet Grass
3. Another Night
4. Where You’ve Been Hiding
5. How It Happened
6. Josephine
7. Interlude
8. Easy Way Out
9. This Must Be A Place
10. This Must Be An Entrance
11. This Must Be My Exit
Tour Dates:

6/25 – Boston, MA*
6/26 – Long Island, NY*
6/27 – New Brunswick, NJ*
6/28 – Philadelphia, PA*
6/29 – Washington, DC
6/30 – Wilmington, DE
7/01 – Richmond, VA
7/02 – Charlotte, NC
7/03 – Greensboro, NC
7/04 – Virginia Beach, VA
7/06 – Columbus, OH
7/07 – Pittsburgh, PA
7/08 – Buffalo, NY
7/09 – Albany, NY

7/10 – Brooklyn, NY
7/11 – TBA, CT
* w/ Born Without Bones
If punk-rock is a response to anything, it’s pop—music, culture, that which is mass produced and consumed—which is why their combination requires such a delicate balance. With State Lines, singer and guitarist Jonathan DiMitri successfully maneuvered the two simultaneously; the band’s brand of fuzz and bounce, bite and fun, found its stride just before it fizzled out. Jonathan does more than maintain balance under a new name, Oso Oso; he seems to extend his capacity in both domains. Indeed, the songs that make up his first full-length Real Stories of True People Who Kind of Looked Like Monsters feel equal parts coarse and tangled and inescapable. “Wet Grass,” which begins with thudding toms and guitars that chirp like jungle birds, builds into a chorus thickened with muscular chords and layers of vocals. Jonathan’s melody on tracks like this and “This Must Be a Place” seem instantly hummable—the sort that coax the listener to swim through the thrumming chords and ride the adjacent harmony, if not sing alongside him. Even his bold, buzzing voice seems to express the album’s duality—it cuts through the italicized guitars on “Another Night,” surfs the wake of “This Must Be an Entrance,” hops on “Where You’ve Been Hiding’s” pins and needles, and maintains a confident melody throughout. Thankfully,Real Stories never becomes too pop or too punk, and never stumbles into pop-punk’s shiftless landscape. Instead, Oso Oso sets pop against punk, lets them tear into each other until the result is as ragged as it is anthemic.

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