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News of Oakland’s O.C.D. and their debut EP came onto our plate fairly recently, but boy, it was a tasty bite of musical goodness. Growth is the five-piece’s first output as a band, put out by the New York-based boutique label Native Sound last Friday, and its six tracks explore love, loss, and growing up in a shoegazey dreamland.

With the EP opener “All the Things I Know” clocking in at just under six minutes, it’s clear O.C.D. is exploring as many ideas they can fit the space they carve out, which is a great quality to have as a young band searching for musical identity. The track winds through dreamy, yet assertive, shoegaze-inflected rock that’s undeniably lovable. Whatever that certain je-ne-sais-quoi quality that turns sublime guitar tones and chord progressions into good feelings in the body, it’s there. Every couple minutes, the song evolves into a new phase, be it a new tempo or pedal. By keeping things interesting, the six minutes become an effortless meandering into their musical mind, and it’s not a bad place to be. Bonus: it’s a perfect track for feeling pensive in the summer, so maybe that makes it a great early fall record.

You too can celebrate O.C.D. with open arms (hearts, minds, etc.) at their EP release party this Saturday in their home base of Oakland. Rounding out the bill are fellow East Bay locals Meat Market“>Meat Market and SF locals Plush, so it’s bound to be a sweaty, feeling-heavy night to spend with Bay Area kin.

Meat Market, O.C.D., Plush
Starline Social Club
July 30, 2016
9pm, $7