O Fidelis was the first band I ever interviewed for Oklahoma Gazette, and they hold a special place in my heart for that. Their music, which is an enthusiastic folk/rock party, builds extra rooms onto that space in my heart. Their set here did not disappoint.
They're sporting a new line-up these days, one that's less distortion and more folk-oriented: a violin takes the place of an electric guitar. But they lose no amount of energy, as favorites like "On a Mountainside" and "Happy Song #2" retain all the energy that their former renditions had. Their new songs showed a growth in rhythmic and melodic complexity, which was thoroughly interesting. The band was incredibly excited to be there, as shown in their stage banter; their music bore it out.
If you haven't seen O Fidelis live, you're missing out on a party. You need to get acquainted with the folk-pop that they put out: it's a can't-miss. Seriously, there's a ukulele in the band. I keep trying to start the hype train on O Fidelis: here's to this year being their year. They certainly are ready for it.