Tuam, County Galway
Oh Boland are a three-piece garage-pop band from Tuam Co. Galway.
A band equally in love with the Can-nier moments of the Thee Oh Sees and Yo La Tengo and the summer pop jangle of The Clean. Catching them live is wholly recommended.
In 2013, they self-released two EPs aptly titled 'OH!' and 'HO!' on bandcamp for free download. In 2014, they released a 10 track split cassette 'DELPHI' with Westport band Me and My Dog through Dublin pop collective Popical Island which went on to win The Last Mixed Tape's 'Album Of The Year 2014' award.
In May 2016, Oh Boland released their first music video 'Where's The Beach?' which claimed the No. 1 spot in 'The Thin Air's Top 100 Irish Tracks of 2016'.
2016 also saw the release of their debut album 'Spilt Milk' on Volar Records (San Diego, CA, USA) which was included in Pitchfork's Top 20 Garage Punk albums of 2016 as well as being included in many other 'Best Albums of 2016' lists in Ireland, The US and South America. (Link to album below).
With slots at Castlepalooza, Indiependence, The Beatyard and Knockanstockan last summer, a four week US East Coast tour in Sep/Oct 2016, and high profile Irish shows with bands such as The Sonics, Paul Collins (The Beat/The Nerves), The Growlers, Speedy Ortiz, Protomartyr, Metz, Sheer Mag and a mini tour with Parquet Courts under their belts in recent months, 2017 is guaranteed to be an even busier year for the three piece with talks of a second album already ready to go.
"This is, as they call it, "poppy but sloppy" rock 'n' roll defined by their buzzsaw guitar tone. These melodies are memorable and sweet, their vocal delivery drunken and approximate' - Eavan Minsker, Pitchfork.
"get ready for a sucrose does of pure and undistilled melodic overdose" - Victim of Time
"it’s jangy guitar garage which ought to be played at max volume for full mind splitting sonic potential to make you move and groove" - 50thirdand3rd
"Be thankful then that there are hidden gems like Oh Boland, whose noisy garage pop is raw and unpolished — and all the better for it" - Joe Leogue, The Irish Examiner
"One of the most electric live performances this writer has seen to date... untamable raw energy reminiscent of the early days of punk"- Robert Dalton, Hotpress.
"No nonsense, no faffing about, just top notch tunes done with style and swagger... utterly fuckin' brilliant!" - BarryGruff