Pomegranates and Oh No Oh My

Cincinnati’s Pomegranates had an interesting dilemma before their show in Madison this evening. The brakes on the band’s van were in need of a good mechanic and they had nowhere to spend the night. But still life was good. Their new album “One of Us” had just been released to great reviews and was climbing the College Media Journal (CMJ) charts. The Pomegranates’ showcase at CMJ in New York the week before had gone extremely well and tonight they were playing with Austin’s Oh No Oh My at The Frequency in Madison. Ah, the life of an indie rock band on the road.



If you’re not familiar with The Pomegranates, they’re a Cincinnati four piece band that has put out two previous albums and two EP’s since forming in 2006. Their sound can be described as dreamy indie pop with an edge. They know how to write catchy melodies while at the same time keeping the listener engaged with distinctive vocal harmony arrangements and U2-ish like guitar riffs.

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The small but receptive audience tonight listened intently as the Pomegranates played songs from the new release. “We hope you like the new album because that is all we’re playing tonight,” announced guitarist Joey Cook. That was quite enough for the crowd who  listened diligently to the sonic soundscape that radiated from the stage. Unfortunately, the Pomegranates spent the night in their van before departing for Minneapolis. Ah, the life of an indie rock band on the road.

Opening the show was the Austin, Texas-based Oh No Oh My. It was their first time in Madison. They were trying out new material from their forthcoming album due out in January called “People Problems.” A tight four-piece band with excellent vocals. You could tell they’ve been together since 2005 and proved that being from Austin does mean you can expect them to be good.

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