Defiance Ohio are one of the torchbearers of the lo-fi folk punk movement that has become so popular of late. The difference between Defiance Ohio and some of their predecessors is that they never use the rawness of their sound to mask a lack of musical ability. They have retained strong anti-capitalist and DIY principles whilst others have opted for a more radio friendly approach.
The Fear, The Fear, The Fear is their third full length and second on No Idea Records. With the new record seems to have come a maturity in sound. The lovable, unvarnished quality is still there but some of the rampaging punk moments of old seem to have been exchanged for a more considered sound. None the less they have retained all the energy of previous recordings with opener ‘Can’t Stop, Wont Stop’ exemplifying this.
Each instrument compliments the others perfectly. Violin, cello, guitar, drums and double bass create a passionate backdrop for honest, insightful lyrics.
It is testament to their skill that Defiance, Ohio have been able to produce superb albums time and time again whilst remaining relevant and avoiding stagnation.