Due in part to the band’s 2015 release More Sand Than Money, reggae/hip-hop act Oogee Wawa are quickly gaining the attention of many new listeners and existing fans around the country. MC Jesse Lee Roenbeck, Guitarist/Vocalist JP Aceto, Bassist Chad Chadwick, and Drummer/Vocalist Nick Loiodic do not disappoint on their sophomore album.
Reminiscent to the sounds of 311 and Sublime, Oogee Wawa present a similar but more stylish approach to their music while singing about a wide array of topics. Recommended tracks on the album include “Damage Baggage,” “Tips,” and “Jump Off”.
Discussing the aftermath of a broken heart and ruined love, the song’s lyrics provide the story’s baseline, “A walking contradiction./ Yes, I must admit/ Threw me for a loop, then I had to get a grip/ Was only picking poison that was whispered from your lips/ Supposed to be my anchor, but you tried to sink the ship” Through the track, many are given a Jamaican-styled track through the song’s catchy chorus as featured singer August Harris lends his vocals to the track.
Providing an island-inspired feel, the track presents the view from a bartender’s perspective as he/she sings of their thoughts on the patrons which is showcased through the chorus, “Please, please, please don’t order that drink/ Cause’ this bartender, he not hearin’ what cha’ think/ And I say please, please, please just go away/ Cause’ this bartender, she no like you anyway“
Offering a more rock but rhythmic appeal, the song focuses on one’s everyday financial struggles in life with the lyrics, “When is it ever enough/ When am I going to bust, running the bus to bust, making a buck/ When am I gonna blow up, explode/ With that barrel and reload/ Pictured life differently when I was 11 years old“
Based in Long Island, Oogee Wawa have played with the likes of Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, along with one of their largest musical influences Sublime with Rome. On July 17th, Oogee Wawa had the distinct pleasure to play with another musical inspiration when the band played alongside 311 at The Great South Bay Music Festival, which also featured The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and The Green.
In support of More Sand Than Money, Oogee Wawa are currently on tour to promote their latest release. Upcoming stops on their tour include:
Friday, August 7th @ Long Beach International Film Festival’s Taste on the Beach in Long Beach, New York
Friday, August 7th @ Brickhouse Brewery in Patchogue, New York
For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about Oogee Wawa, please visit http://www.OogeeWawa.com