Why Omen get real with Gaia Hypothesis

By: Alex D.

On March 23 Why Omen released Gaia Hypothesis, a four-track EP that calls us to self-regulate. It rocks, it rolls, it gives you something to scream about.

 Why Omen's logo. (Photo courtesy of Why Omen's  Facebook page )

Why Omen's logo. (Photo courtesy of Why Omen's Facebook page)

First things first, the title of the EP for the uninitiated is a well-known theory (read definition). Frontman Thane Leshner describes the overall message: “A lot of [the EP] is about not accepting awful people, even though they’re your family.”

The first track, “132,” was also the first single released ahead of the EP. The song showcases Leshner’s range with high-octane belts in the verses to controlled screams and falsettos in the choruses. There is a lot in this track to talk about, but the vocal prowess displayed at first listen had me holding onto my seat. The same can be said throughout the EP.

Next is “Roald Dahl’s Fingers,” a song that dredges up the grungiest of guitar tones and then cradles you into a steady and heavy riff guaranteed to be stuck in your head within seconds.

What follows is my favorite track, “Just Arms.” It starts like a Massive Attack song (think “Teardrop”) and progressively morphs into something reminiscent of Incubus in the A Crow Left of the Murder era. Atmospheric verses and heavy choruses scream with emotional frustration and despair.

 Why Omen release show party flier. (Photo courtesy of Facebook event page)

Why Omen release show party flier. (Photo courtesy of Facebook event page)

Last is “Acres of Cars,” in which we hear some open chords set the mood to coast. This is a track I can see myself cruising to in the summer with the top down and the wind in my hair. What I got from it was a sense of learning from your past in order to be the best version of yourself.

Why Omen will be doing a proper release show accompanied by WVWhite and Such Fuss on Saturday, March 31 at Spacebar. Tickets are $5 for the 18+ show. Doors are at 9 p.m.