ABOUT THE ARTIST
At a glance, Josh Oreo is a rejuvenator of 90’s era Brit-rock and of literary merit, he is a rarity apprenticed to England’s Morrissey, and is somewhat a traditionalist; being dedicated to balancing a musical landscape heavy with homogeneous cookie-cutter albums and the ethics behind them, Josh Oreo cites Kristeen Young’s bold artistry, Smoking Popes unﬂinching vulnerability and Liam Gallagher’s self-assurance as his inﬂuences. Having battled and beaten both two brain surgeries and anorexia, the themes of Josh Oreo are survival, despair and indignation. Such themes validating the distorted guitars and indomitable drums. With his eye on assembling the players for some live shows in 2020 and further recording, Josh Oreo is raring to make his mark.
Australian singer/songwriter Josh Oreo just released his highly appealing debut single “Starcrawling”, a song directed at the incongruent people epitomizing the whitewashed, banal society we live in.” “Starcrawling” is a convincing and effortless rock song with plenty of catchy pop elements, and cool guitar hooks that bring the likes of John Mayer to mind. The darkness in “Starcrawling” is palpable, and only fleetingly interrupted by some brighter notes and sparkling moments, lending the track a deeply grounded and sincere vibe.
Considering what Josh Oreo has been through, with having battled and beaten two brain surgeries, as well as anorexia, the truthfulness of “Starcrawling” might not come as a big surprise. The sheer miracle though is that Oreo is able to use his obvious great talent to create cool music, giving us with “Starcrawling” an idea how the songs on his upcoming EP might sound like, as they are covering such serious topics as despair, survival, and indignation.
Coming red hot out of Adelaide is Josh Oreo, who recently dropped his self-titled debut EP. Wreathed in classic rock and Britpop flavours, the EP is a rejection of sales-focused machinations which dominate contemporary music writing.
In fact Oreo’s songwriting falls leagues outside that realm, in a kingdom you’d expect to find Morrissey, Echo & the Bunnymen, or US-based punk contemporaries Smoking Popes.
Tune in and rock out to the self-titled debut EP from Adelaide’s Josh Oreo, a release driven by daring artistry and bold storytelling.
Oreo has seen his fair share of bruises. In his time the songwriter has battled two bouts of brain surgery and come out the other side of anorexia, lending every word on his EP a sense of morbid weight. Despite doing it tough Oreo has come out confident – if not aggressively so – taking his pain by the horns and twisting it into art.
Lead single Starcrawling and follow-up Music For The Foreground both demonstrate this immensely; when Oreo comes out, he comes out swinging.
After penning the EP alongside co-writer and producer Darren Mullan, Oreo bolstered the arrangements with performances from veteran session players Mark Meyer, Stuart Day, and David Homes. If this release sounds like there’s years of experience behind it, that’s hardly your imagination.
The Josh Oreo EP marks a statement piece and also a booming beginning for Oreo, who is currently building a live band for later in 2020. When that hits, you’ll hear about it.