By Damien Monaco
Generally speaking, I am not that big of a fan of the whole ska/punk/reggae combination. Bands like Sublime never interested me that much, so needless to say, I wasn’t all that excited to see Oogee Wawa perform at Napper Tandy’s, on November 20, 2015. As was obvious by the huge crowd that turned out, many people would disagree with my opinion on this genre of music.
Oogee opened their set with “Jump Off,” from their album More Sand Than Money. As soon as the band started to play, fans were ecstatic. Whether they were jumping and dancing by the stage, or relaxing at a table, taking sips from their beer in between singing along, it was easy to tell they were all enjoying themselves. From start to finish, you could see and feel the energy that Oogee had to offer.
Other songs from More Sand Than Money that Oogee performed included “Feelin’ Alive Today,” “T.I.P.S.,” “Pretty” and “More Sand Than Money.” They also went back a few years to their 2012 release, Ride Waves, playing “Keep the Party,” “Burning” and “Spliffs.”
The band describes their music as a fusion between reggae, pop, punk rock and hip-hop. You definitely feel this throughout their entire set. On a mission to spread positive, feel good music, Oogee has clearly mastered the tools to do so successfully.
It was very interesting to see how the members of the band can change hats and take on different roles while performing. At first I didn’t even realize that things had been switched up because one song would flow effortlessly into the next. Then, all of a sudden, you notice that someone else is playing drums and the drummer is now on lead vocals. This ability gives the band more versatility and the strength to go even further in their career.
Maybe I wasn’t that big of a fan before the night began, but I am now. After all, isn’t one of the major reasons of touring to recruit new fans? Well Oogee does this exquisitely. To experience the music for yourself, be sure to see them live at The Emporium, on December 18, 2015, along with Badfish and Roots Foundation.
For more information, visit OogeeWawa.com.