INTERVIEW: Oh Geronimo




Oh Geronimo


THEY say, when explaining their new album…



The Sled; the music traverses peaks and valleys of companionship, ego and self-perception. That collision is what is what is explored. I ask the Canadian band about that record and the new single, No More Stones – and its rather fun and memorable video! The guys tell me about the music scene where they are and whether a U.K. visit is on the cards – and the albums they are all compelled by.

Oh Geronimo discus that unique name and how they all came together; what they have planned for this Christmas – and a few new artists they are reacting to right now.


Hi, guys. How are you? How has your week been?

We are well. It’s been a nice week.

For those new to your work; can you introduce yourself, please?

Hello, everyone. We are Oh Geronimo.



No More Stones is the latest single. What is the story behind the song?

The song is about strained friendship - but I feel like it applies to any sort of relationship (platonic or romantic).

It is taken from your album, The Sled. How was it recording the album? Was it quite a smooth and fun process?

We recorded the record at a very cottage-y studio in rural Ontario called The Chalet. We were under a tight budget/timeline; so we probably worked the fastest we’ve ever worked, musically. It was a beautiful three days, fueled by laughter and whiskey.

The video for No More Stones looks like it was memorable. What was it like shooting it and do you think the images symbolise and mirror the lyrics of the song?

It was actually pretty strenuous to shoot...

We had lots of people pulling as hard as they could on a rope for, like, twelve hours. We also had to shoot this video twice - after running into some technical issues with the first shoot. We think it captures the message of the song. Companionship is an emotional tug-of-war with unpredictable waves of tension and release.

When the going gets tough, you constantly contemplate holding on or letting go.

What, would you say, are the main themes of the L.P.?

The Sled traverses the peaks and valleys of companionship, ego; self-perception - and explores what happens when they collide.  The release of this record will mark a year since half of our band put down their torches — a year that demanded patience, persistence and resiliency. Often times the universe begs us to throw in the towel - but we’re fighters.

We will never extinguish the fire and The Sled solidifies that resolution.



I want to ask about the band’s name, ‘Oh Geronimo’. Is there a particular reason for that name?

The name was inspired by the antagonist from a film called War of the Buttons.

Can you reveal how you all met and started making music together?

A few of us met in high-school, became best friends; played in a band, broke up - then started a new band.

Ontario is where you are all based. Is there a lot of great new music coming from the area?

There is A LOT of great music from Ontario.


IN THIS PHOTO: Lost Cousins

Who are the new artists you suggest we check out?

Texas King, Lost Cousins; Elementals, The Kerouacs; The Lifers...this is just what we’re vibing right now. 

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IN THIS PHOTO: The Lifers/PHOTO CREDITNicolette Hoang 

If you each had to select the one album that means the most to you; which would they be and why?

Drew: The Strokes - Is This It

It's the first album I bought with my own money at The Bear Goes On in 2004 (for $7.99). A very special moment I will cherish forever.

T.J.: I'm gonna go with Forgiveness Rock Record by Broken Social Scene

Listening back, it's kind of the soundtrack for what was a great personal transition in my life.

Nick: Where You Want to Be by Taking Back Sunday

My brothers introduced me to the band but that album I got to discover organically. It was the first time I felt like I had to listen to the entire album - and it surpassed any expectation thirteen-ish-year-old me could have.


Kyle: I'll say Rock of Ages (live) by The Band

Colourful, poetic songs about timeless characters and places - and the best live recording I've ever heard.

Ciarán: I’m gonna go with I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning by Bright Eyes

That record made me realize how integral lyrics are. I truly started caring about the words I was choosing to write after that.

What advice would you give to artists coming through right now?

Take risks. Make Mistakes. Don’t give up.



Do you have gigs coming up? Where can we come and catch you play?

Only in Canada at the moment…

November 24 - Hamilton - This Ain’t Hollywood

December 1st - The Queen’s Head - Burlington

December 8th - The Burdock - Toronto



Do you chaps plan on coming to the U.K. before too long?

That would be a dream. Maybe in 2017...we’ll see.

Christmas is approaching. Do you all have plans already or will you be busy working?

We’ll all be working our day-jobs...most of us are in the restaurant industry - which gets busy around the holidays.

Finally, and for being good sports; you can name a song and I’ll play it here (not one of yours as I’ll do that).

The Wolf by Eddie Vedder


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