On “Ohmu Shell,” Connecticut’s Ovlov slather straight-ahead pop melodies with buckets of gunk. The guitars are thick and distortion-drenched, lapping up against Steve Hartlett’s wry, conversational vocals. There’s some of the same gurgle-and-pound that defined Dinosaur Jr.’s classic You’re Living All Over Me, but Ovlov are less stingy with hooks. To hear the song’s chorus once is to be singing it for days. By the time the song glides into the minute-plus guitar freakout that occupies its back half, the noodling feels wholly earned.
The song is taken from a 4-way split 7″ with Krill, LVL UP, and Radiator Hospital, which will be out on October 14th via two great labels: Double Double Whammy and Exploding In Sound. You can pre-order the 7″ here.