In A Nutshell Review: Feral Ohms – Live In San Francisco


What really takes me by surprise is what bands Feral Ohms lead guitarist/vocalist Ethan Miller is associated with. Not only was he co-founder of Comets on Fire but, he‘s also associated with one of my favorite psych/folk acts of the past year, Heron Oblivion. Feral Ohms is vastly different to Heron’s hypnotic tranquility. Think Motorhead Motor City madness heshers with a nice dash of “caveman” psych.

While they‘ve recorded a few singles, this happens to be their debut, live full length. With that said, Feral Ohms makes a case to be up there with White Fence, Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall, some of the best in the Live In San Francisco series. With an unruly, raw FUZZ-like energy these guys bend and strangle the life out of their instruments.

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“Teenage God Born to Die” starts fairly groovy until it descends into guitar wails and guttural choral bellows. “Super Ape” is just that, a veritable onslaught of string slingin’ wahs and squeals. The drums continue to punish like the unrelenting fist. “The Glow” finished out the 18 minute-set with huge riff swings and bloodthirsty band pummels that have you begging for a full studio album. My only dig is that there isn’t any more; the songs aren’t deep by any means but Feral Ohms has made the argument for quantity over quality in the best way possible. These six songs are weighty monsters that will have you saying that studio LP cannot get here soon enough.

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