On Sunday, October 16th, O’Brother played Irving Plaza in an opening slot for post-hardcore band Thrice. Having seen O’Brother previously open for Cage The Elephant, I knew that they were more than capable of commanding respect from larger crowds, however they seem to have mastered it even more in the short time since May. Shortly before the band took the stage, security entered the photographer’s pit with us, briefly warning us that they were tipped off that crowdsurfers were possible during O’Brother’s set. While the crowdsurfers never came, the crowd was still very into them, a few even headbanging from the instant the band started to play.
When you have three guitars being played simultaneously as O’Brother often does, you run the risk of at least one of them being lost in the sheer force of your sound, however this never seemed to happen. Every single band member looked right at home on such a large stage, most notably vocalist Tanner Merritt who moved around the stage constantly while not singing. Guitarist Johnny Dang and bassist Anton Dang were constantly rocking out, their long hair frequently obscuring their faces from the crowd. Throughout the band’s (far too short for my tastes) 30 minute set, the band won over more and more of the crowd, each applause between songs louder than the one before it. After the band concluded with two songs from the upcoming album “Garden Window”, the crowd even seemed reluctant to let the band leave, however with two more openers and a headliner to follow, there was no time for more songs to be played. Look out for “Garden Window” to be released digitally on November 15th, and make sure to get to Thrice’s tour early to catch O’Brother at work!
All photos by Michel R Dussack