Californian emo kids OTOS channel the spirit of the ’90s with understated new single Lincoln Oak.
Emo in 2017 is something of a contentious subject. Forever entwined in the public conscious with the likes of Fall Out Boy or My Chemical Romance, it’s a genre of music, and indeed a subculture, unfairly maligned. One only need look to the genre’s roots to see just how far removed its ’00s heyday was from those band that spearheaded the movement. Fortunately, California’s On the Other Side (OTOS) have tapped in to the Midwestern spirit of ’90s emo, drawing on the likes of Mineral and Christie Front Drive, and combining it with the contemporary influence of Joie De Vivre or CSTVT, OTSA invoke feelings of nostalgia for places you’ve never been, for people you’ve never met.
The band’s latest single Lincoln Oak is the lead single from their stunning forthcoming EP, She Was My Ryan. Short and ever so bittersweet, the track is both understated and emotionally loaded, the lyrics charged with the sort of indifferent agony only youth can bring. It gives Louder Than War huge pleasure to exclusively premiere the track ahead of the EPs release. You can stream Lincoln Oak in full below: