Terry Ohms is the alter ego of Birmingham, Alabama native Wes McDonald (owner/operator of Cornelius Chapel Records) – or maybe it’s the other way around. After spending time in their individual musical worlds and influences, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish where one ends and the other begins, or where the rhythmic reach of one extends and the melodic ambitions of the other continues. But this wasn’t always the case. If you go back 20 years or so, there was only McDonald and an instinctual need to create music and to share it with those within earshot. And to see these sounds released, McDonald moved from Birmingham to Athens, Georgia in the late ‘90s to begin a 6 year residency which would start the gears that would eventually put him on a collision course with Terry Ohms.
His newest LP, Terryfirma (18 January), is all over the place. But the opening salvo “Mind Blow” is surely a standout. The bio suggests influences like Hüsker Dü and The Replacements. But we’re hearing an attempt a British accent here, that brings to mind a latter day Mick Jones. It’s a catchy number that’ll have you singing along, even if you don’t want to.