Oh Malô
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Oh Malô

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Rock Indie




"2015 Boston Music Awards nominee for "New Artist of the Year""


Oh Malô


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Worshipper - The Boston Globe

"CMJ Boston & Beyond Spotlight: Oh Malô find their identity within a shape-shifting sound"

Welcome to the latest in a series of spotlights on the bands and artists performing at our 2015 CMJ party with Berklee College of Music this Friday, October 16 at Carroll Place, 157 Bleecker St., in New York City. Seven Berklee affiliated acts will participate in Boston & Beyond, an official CMJ Music Marathon showcase that is free to badge holders and open to the general public (RSVP here). Doors are at 8 p.m. and the show is presented by Berklee College of Music, Heavy Rotation Records (HRR), the Red Room at Cafe 939, and Vanyaland. To listen to all the participating bands, fire up our Soundcloud playlist at the bottom of this post, and if you’re not headed to NYC for CMJ, listen to the Boston & Beyond party Friday night on VanyaRadio.

“Boston and Beyond” CMJ Music Marathon Showcase
8:00 p.m.: Lili N
8:45 p.m.: Toy Cities
9:30 p.m.: mar | co
10:15 p.m.: Honeysuckle (HRR)
11:00 p.m.: Oh Malô (HRR)
11:45 pm.: You Bred Raptors?
12:30 a.m.: Eternals
Oh Malô: alt-rock, 11 p.m. set time - Vanyaland

"Sound Check | 10 Acts Rising Above the Fray Worth Checking Out"

"...serving ethereal rock that’s rich in dynamics, with delicate vocals and surging builds that evoke Radiohead, Local Natives and, especially, the late Jeff Buckley." - Paul Robicheau - Improper Bostonian

"Vanyaland Premiere: Oh, Malô Signal A Pop Yearning In Sound And Lyrics With ‘Miss You’"

On Oh, Malô’s latest single “Miss You”... the opening and sustaining guitar riff... sets an immediate tone for vocalist Brandon Hafetz’s yearning lyrics, and carries the sense of need throughout what’s the pop-jest and most sonically uplifting thing Oh, Malô has released so far. It might also be the best. - Michael Marotta | Vanyaland

"CMW 2015: Day 5 – Programm, Syzzors, Oh, Malô"

“These guys were a pleasant surprise – presenting a much-needed full sound and a heavy instrumental build. They know their way around feedback and pair it to a gentle vocal.” - Sarah Rix | Live In Limbo

"Video Premiere + Interview: Oh, Malô Goes Red On Us"

"Apart from feeling cold to the ear, the song's essence is just as captured in video format: bare feet fading in and out of focus. They wander around an empty, circular room, and "feeling blue" is the only audio-visual option." - Becca DeGregorio | Allston Pudding

"A Trip Through Space: Oh, Malô"

"Together, the band produced an effect that mimicked the very relationships their songs center on: Ones so intimately calm that also have moments of sheer intensity and angst." - Samantha Fleishman | Sound of Boston

"REVIEW: Local acts’ energy overtakes “Takeover”"

"The band almost fit the grungy college rock mold to a T, but Hafetz’s distinctive voice and the group’s incredible stage presence set them far above the average college band...the standout performance of the night" - Alex Creed | The Daily Free Press

"Boston Herald - The 215 Top Songs of 2015"

91. “Miss You,” Oh Malô -- Next year everyone will be saying, “Oh, yeah, I’ve been hip to these guys since the beginning.” But let’s be real. Maybe four dozen fans watched them at the Boston Music Awards. In 2016, four dozen fans will be shut out of the Sinclair when they sell-out the place. - Jed Gottlieb | Boston Herald


Still working on that hot first release.



Oh Malô (oh-muh-LOW) presents a shape-shifting sound through their dynamic arrangements, as delicate vocals intertwine with ambient guitars and powerful, aggressive drums. They combine influences from rhythmically innovative indie outfits such Local Natives and Bombay Bicycle Club, vocalists Patrick Watson and the late Jeff Buckley, and the chilling ambiences of Radiohead and Sigur Rós, to create a consistently unpredictable blend of timbres. Founded in early 2014, the band has since released a series of three color-themed EPs titled Blue, Red, and Orange, that collectively make up half of their debut LP, As We Were.

Over the past year, Oh Malô was nominated for “New Artist of the Year” at the 2015 Boston Music Awards alongside local standouts Vundabar and Palehound. They also made showcase appearances at both CMJ and CMW, supported several nationally touring acts (From Indian Lakes, The Lighthouse and the Whaler, and Halfnoise), and were dubbed “[one of the] ten acts rising above this year's fray and worth checking out” in Improper Bostonian Magazine's annual music issue.

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