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10 Jan

O’Brother’s new album Garden Window is out today on Triple Crown Records. Pick it up today at http://www.beneathyourgardenwindow.com.

The band will also be kicking off their U.S. tour next month at DC9 in Washington, DC on February 16th. Check out the full dates below:

Feb. 16th DC9 Washington, DC
17th Brighton Music Hall Boston, MA
18th Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY
19th North Star Bar Philadelphia, PA
21st Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA
22nd The Basement Columbus, OH
23rd The Pyramid Scheme Grand Rapids, MI
24th Beat Kitchen Chicago, IL
25th The Firebird St. Louis, MO
26th Jackpot Music Hall Lawrence, KS
28th Marquis Theatre Denver, CO
29th Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT
Mar. 2nd Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA
3rd The Satellite Los Angeles, CA
4th Soda Bar San Diego, CA
6th Club Congress Tucson, AZ
7th The Nile Underground Mesa, AZ
9th Red 7 Austin, TX
10th Bryan Street Tavern Dallas, TX
11th Warehouse Live Studio Houston, TX

27 Dec

By Michel Dussack

O’Brother are all at once an ambient, indie and post-hardcore band that are wrapping up a tour with Moving Mountains, La Dispute and Thrice. The band has also opened for Biffy Clyro and Cage The Elephant. Their live shows are a combination of beautiful quiet moments scattered amount bursts of impossibly loud yet clear songs. I got the chance to sit down with vocalist Tanner Merritt, guitarist Johnny Dang, and drummer Michael Martens after one of their sets on this tour to talk about their upcoming album Garden Window, as well as the tour and future plans. Oh and the zombie apocalypse of course!

Q: Ok so let’s talk about the upcoming album, Garden Window, first, and more specifically the name of the album

Tanner: It was a line from one of the songs, and the whole idea behind it was just like a view of life, like everything from start to finish. Like using a very organic metaphor, life from a different perspective, ya know from an outside perspective, just a view of life as it relates to nature.

Q. Who did the artwork for the album?
Michael: Our guitarist Aaron, and it’s all just line drawings and watercolors and he’s been working on it…he probably started it a little over a year ago actually. Yeah he also did the art for the last EP that we released a couple years ago.

Q: What would you say is your favorite track on the new album?
Tanner: Probably different for every one of us
Michael: Favorite song to play or listen to?

Q: Whichever you’d rather talk about
Tanner: My favorite song to play right now is Poison
Michael: That’s what I was going to say too, mostly that, the second half of it
Johnny: Lay Down
Michael: That would probably be tied, Lay Down and Poison
Johnny: They kind of go into each other so live, and even on the record they’re kind of just one song

Q: Ah ok, yeah on the advance stream they definitely chop them up so I wasn’t sure
Michael: Yeah there’s a couple songs, like Machines Part I and Machines Part II uhm like on record, they were basically one song but we split them into two so we could play them separate. Same thing with Poison and Lay Down, there’s a smooth transition that you can’t hear on the stream

Q: Would you say that there are any significant changes in your sound from the last couple EPs that you’ve released?
Michael: I think you can tell we’ve been touring a lot, and that we grew as a band. One of the things we tried to do a little different with this record was not be so dynamic within each song, but be more dynamic from song to song. Because on a five song EP you don’t really have the ability and the freedom to do that, but when you do 11 songs, or more, or any kind of full length, you’re able to….there’s more breathing room. Your highs can be higher and your lows can be lower. It was nice to be able to kind do whatever we wanted.

Q: Would you say there’s a central theme that ties the whole album together despite it being dynamic?
Tanner: I think it’s kind of true with like any piece of art that’s put together at one period time. It’s whatever you’re thinking about at the time. There was a lot of common themes, and we tried to reference other songs within songs. We wanted the record as a whole to seem like one body of work rather than a collection of songs that were just thrown together. And that’s really important to us, and that’s what we were trying to do. Yeah so we tried, and I hope it comes through

Q: You’ve had some pretty high profile support slots with Biffy Clyro, Cage The Elephant and now Thrice. Do you forsee a headlining tour soon?
Michael: Probably spring or summer, definitely before the middle of next year I would say. But uh there’s a couple plans we have, Anton our bassist is getting married in February. We’ve got a few things we’re working on for late February, early March. Personally I’d like to do one more solid support tour before we go out, because it’s scary. We’ve done like headlining spot dates, but we’ve never done like any headlining tour before, and I just want to make sure it’s solid
Tanner: It’s fucking frightening to think about

Q: You seemed to have gotten a great reaction tonight…
Michael: I do think it will be a very positive experience. You know it’s hard to tell on tours like this because there’s so many different types of fans. There’s the people that absolutely love your music and they come up and tell you that every single time they see you. And then there’s people like me. Like when I go to see bands, bands that I like, I don’t tell them that I like them, like, I don’t tell them that I’ve come to see them a couple times, but I’m there. So I think there’s definitely people that have seen us a couple times that we don’t know about

Q: Do you guys name your guitars?
Michael: I don’t think anybody names their guitars, really we always name our van. Do you guys have any names for your guitars?
Johnny: Nah
Michael: The only experience I’ve ever had is from naming different vehicles-
Tanner: -I think I did but I don’t remember them. At one time maybe…
Michael: Yeah we’ve just done vans…Vangina, and Lt. Van. Forrest Gump’s our favorite movie

Q: You guys have been playing different opening slots throughout this tour…which spot do you prefer?
Tanner: We were just talking about that. I honestly don’t know. Playing second is awesome but you have absolutely no soundcheck and you have 15 minutes from when the first band finishes to when you go on. And you’re doing it in front of people. So, it’s nice to be first and have your soundcheck and leave and then come back and hopefully everything is the same.
Michael: It kind of depends on my stress level for the day
Tanner: Sometimes the second slots have gone well, like if it’s taking a long time for the venue to get people inside the room and there’s like a line outside and sometimes they’re slow about getting people inside then sometimes second can be beneficial
Johnny: Second and third are kind of the same, because third, there’s more people there which is a good thing…
Tanner: …yeah we’ve done all three this tour
Michael: Yeah, it makes it really hard to get into a certain groove or pattern but luckily everyone on this tour has been really easy to work with

Q: What would you say sets you apart from other emerging bands right now?
Michael: Music-
Tanner: Our willingness to kill them to get to the top, we’re not afraid to knock them off
Johnny: I’ve handmade some bow and arrows. I’m gonna snipe everyone on the foodchain
Tanner: Johnny might be a ninja
Johnny: But a true ninja does not reveal his secrets
Tanner: His ninja status?
Johnny: Or his whereabouts…I don’t think a true ninja drinks Budweiser either
Michael: I think the music, ya know, to be an up and coming and emerging band you have to know that you have to bust your ass all the time. So really in that way, hopefully for a lot of other emerging bands we’re the same. We’re always gonna work as hard as we can and hopefully harder than any other band that is in the same ya know group as us or same circumstances

Q: Which one of you would most likely survive a zombie apocalypse the longest?
Johnny: Damn that’s a good question
Michael: Well Tanner can’t run very fast so he’s probably out
Johnny: You don’t know his strategies though!
Tanner: Yeah I would eat the zombie first
Michael: But I’ve seen you in stressful situations and you kind of freak
Johnny: But I mean, listen, I think Tanner would be the one that would actually survive
Tanner: I’m the only one who has experience building bombs
Michael: I lit a driveway on fire once making homemade napalm, so I’ve got that going for me…Johnny’s kind of small so I don’t know that they would be interested in eating bones
Johnny: I’d be the first to go, me or Aaron
Michael: Aaron wouldn’t realize that the zombie apocalypse is happening
Tanner: Actually, I think he’s the answer because he would probably be the one person locked in a room that had no idea what was going on outside
Johnny: He’s snaking on chips
Tanner: He would be that one guy in the movie that wakes up from a coma and the rest of the world is zombies. But he wasn’t in a coma he was just eating chips the whole time.
Michael: We’d probably just all end up dead to be honest

07 Nov

By Michel Dussack

O’Brother classify themselves as an ambient, indie and experimental band, however after non-stop touring for the past year, particularly with alternative band Cage The Elephant and Scottish arena rock band Biffy Clyro, they could just as easily fit into the post-hardcore category. Yes, for a bit over half of their album, the band delivers heavy, in your face rock full of distortion and feedback. Most impressive though, is how well the band delivers during the quieter moments of the album.

O’Brother’s debut full length album “Garden Window” (which is currently scheduled for release sometime in November) like off with a wall of feedback and a crashing introduction courtesy of the opening track “Malum”. Tanner Merritt’s distorted vocals and the heavy distortion on the guitar riff combine for the sonic equivalent of a punch in the face, instantly alerting the listener that they mean business. The keep up the heavy, aggressive tone until the fourth track, “Poison!”, which initially begins with just a piano and vocals, but quickly adds slithering drums to the mix. “Lay Down” continues this pattern until the distortion kicks back in for the songs chorus, and a screeching guitar solo brings the song to a close.

“Easy Talk (Open Your Mouth)” starts quietly with an almost acoustic vibe, and is the closest thing on the album to a radio friendly single. The line “Why don’t you open your mouth and let it out now” is repeated over and over again, and the song seems tailor made for a live audience to sing along with. “Machines” is divided into two parts – “Part I” is a fast paced headbang worthy track, and “Part II” is a slow, soft song that explodes with loud rhythmic drumming.

“Cleanse Me” is the standout track on the album. It encompasses every aspect found on all the other tracks – lots of feedback, loud distorted guitars, stomping drums, and bit of screaming, and a quiet, borderline whisper outro. “Last Breath” closes the album on a subdued note, a fitting end given the intensity of how the album began.

With “Garden Window”, O’Brother proved they’ve spent their year of constant touring honing their skills and perfecting a solid debut album. Be sure to catch them on their fall tour with Moving Mountains, La Dispute, and Thrice!

Garden Window tracklisting
1. Malum
2. Lo
3. Sputnik
4. Poison!
5. Lay Down
6. Easy Talk (Open Your Mouth)
7. Machines Part-I
8. Machines Part-II
9. Bear
10. Cleanse Me
11. Last Breath

27 Oct

By Keeyahtay Lewis

I will say the thing I looked forward to most this year took place on Friday night; Thrice came into town. Their fans are loyal and ravenous. I feel like the guys don’t tour often, so whenever they do they do not hold back at all. I can also say that they consistently bring pretty amazing bands on tour with them. On that night, October 14, Starland Ballroom in Sayerville, NJ was in for a real treat.

Opening the show were the pretty incredible band out of Atlanta, O’Brother. I got the chance to talk to the drummer for Thrice, Riley, before the show and he mentioned the new O’Brother album as one he was looking forward to. It is easy to see why. Led by Tanner Merrit, they wasted no time whipping the crowd into a frenzy. Loud when needed, and at other times almost delicate. The rhythm section kept the beats flowing into the audience, and the heads nodded along the whole time.

Next up were the band out of Westchester, Moving Moutains. Another band that took command of the stage. Atmospheric and powerful would absolutely be two words that came to mind while they were playing. But this sound was punctuated at times by incredible, well placed screams. Their brand of spaced out rock kept everyone’s attention. Judging by the amount of kids singing along, everyone was super pumped to see these guys play.

Michigan’s La Dispute took the stage third in line. The spoken word hardcore style of this band was almost a shock after the first two acts, but the band’s energy was undeniable. La Dispute has racked up a ton of fans as well as accolades since forming in 2004, all well deserved. Singer Jordan Dreyer literally never stops moving. Never. Stops. Moving. Shuffling and strutting across the stage, such passion in his voice. At various times he jumped into the crowd where kids grabbed onto him and screamed every word at the top of their lungs. It was pretty amazing to see.

Finally taking the stage after these three incredible bands was Thrice. The crowd started chanting their name long before they came out, and as soon as they stepped out into the lights the place erupted. Ripping into one of their stellar new tracks, “Yellow Belly,” it was clear to see that they were as ready to play these songs live as everyone was to hear them. At times during this song the crowd singing drowned out Dustin Kensrue’s voice. It was clear that everyone was pretty well versed in the new album. Next up from Beggars was “The Weight” followed by another new song, “Promises.” They kept the set list to mostly Beggars and the new album Major/Minor but about half way through they pulled out “Silhouette” and “Cold Cash, Colder Hearts” from the fan favorite album, Artist in the Ambulance. To say that the place exploded when these songs came on would be the understatement of the year. It was incredible.

Live, Thrice sounds bigger than the 4 guys creating the music. The passion in Dustin’s voice while he sings these songs that mean so much to all of us is something that everyone can feel. Teppei and Dustin trade guitar licks back and forth. And the Breckenridge brothers, Ed and Riley keep everything moving along nicely. It is easy to see that Thrice love their fans, and they love playing music. The new song “Words in the Water” and the slightly older one, “Circles” sound gorgeous live. They may have started out as a hardcore band but over the years Thrice have shown themselves to be much more than any label put on them. Before coming back for an encore they closed out the set with the powerful “The Earth Will Shake” and the equally powerful new “Anthology.” The band left the stage and returned shortly while the crowd chanted “Encore!!!” and quite an Encore it was. I don’t think anyone expected what came next. The one two punch of “Phoenix Ignition” and “To Awake and Avenge The Dead.” These songs from their first two albums sounded amazing, even now. Fast, loud and pretty perfect. They definitely played these songs for the crowd but at one point the guys all looked at each other with the biggest smiles, clearly they were enjoying this blast from the past as well.

Thrice is my favorite band and everytime I see them play I reminded why. I don’t think there has been another band like them in a long time. Able to go from straight up metal to hauntingly delicate in the next breath, it is amazing to see. I can honestly say I don’t think I have seen an overall better night of music in a long time. There were no filler bands on this tour. Every band brought something amazing to the table and every band left an impression on all of us. If you have the chance to check this tour out you should absolutely be there.

All photos courtesy of Keeyahtay Lewis of DeadBoltPhotos


Moving Mountains

La Dispute


16 Sep

Atlanta’s O’Brother is excited to announce the November 2011 release of their debut full-length – Garden Window – via a newly inked deal with Triple Crown Records/Favorite Gentlemen. For the debut album the band teamed up with Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull and Robert McDowell on production duties and enlisted the talents of Mike Sapone (Brand New, Public Enemy, Taking Back Sunday) to mix. The result is a powerful and dynamic progressive rock record with haunting vocals that captures the band as they come into their own.

Garden Window is the follow up to the band’s 2009 debut EP The Death of Day – also produced by Andy Hull from Manchester. O’Brother spent the next year honing their skills as musicians and touring – in fact they spent the greater part of 2010 on the road with a variety of artists including The Features, Thrice, Biffy Clyro, Circa Survive and The Dear Hunter among others. At the end of the year O’Brother – Anton Dang (bassist), Johnny Dang (guitarist), Aaron Wamack (guitarist), Tanner Merritt (vocalist, guitarist), and Michael Martens (drums) – began the writing process for Garden Window and spent the first half of 2011 making the album.

In May O’Brother headed out on the road with Manchester Orchestra and Cage the Elephant for a full US trek which was followed by another US tour with The Dear Hunter. Now the band is not only gearing up for their first full-length studio album, but another US trek – this time with Thrice. The nearly six week run will give the band a chance to play the new songs for fans and pre-sell Garden Window leading up to the November 2011 release on Triple Crown Records/Favorite Gentlemen.

Confirmed US Tour dates w/Thrice, Moving Mountains and La Dispute:
Sept. 30th Hard Rock Café Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 1st The Marquee Tempe, AZ
3rd The Door Dallas, TX
4th Emo’s East Austin, TX
5th House of Blues Houston, TX
7th Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FL
8th Beacham Theater Orlando, FL
9th The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
11th Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC
12th The National Richmond, VA
13th Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
14th Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
15th The Recher Theater Towson, MD
16th Irving Plaza New York, NY
18th Royale Night Club Boston, MA
19th Club Soda Montreal, QC
20th Phoenix Concert Theater Toronto, ON
21st Club Zoo Pittsburgh, PA
22nd Madison Theater Covington, KY
23rd Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
25th The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
26th St. Andrew’s Hall Detroit, MI
27th Metro Chicago, IL
28th Pop’s Sauget, IL
29th Granada Lawrence, KS
30th Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
Nov. 1st Saltair Magna, UT
3rd The Showbox @ The Market Seattle, WA
4th Wonderland Ballroom Portland, OR
5th Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
6th Ace Of Spades Sacramento, CA
8th Mayan Theater Los Angeles, CA
9th House of Blues Anaheim, CA
10th House of Blues Anaheim, CA
11th House of Blues San Diego, CA

10 Jun

O’Brother have been on tour this spring with label mates Manchester Orchestra and Cage The Elephant. If you missed the band on tour, here’s a tour video podcast the band recently posted on their YouTube account. Watch it below:


22 May

If you’ve been lucky enough to catch Manchester Orchestra on their tour with Cage the Elephant, hopefully you’ve gotten there early enough to catch O’Brother. Recently, the band recorded an acoustic video for the song “Easy Talk” with Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull.

Check it out below:


14 Sep

Favorite Gentlemen Recordings, the Atlanta-based record label founded and run by Manchester Orchestra, is proud to announce its 1st annual “The Stuffing”, taking place Wednesday night November 24th throughout the CW Midtown Complex. All three venues, which includes Center Stage, Vinyl, and The Loft, will host 10 artists from the Favorite Gentlemen Community of bands and friends during the evening. Headlining the night will be Manchester Orchestra, performing their final hometown show of 2010. Also on the bill will be Athens’ Dead Confederate, Kevin Devine, and the first ever Atlanta performance from BAD BOOKS, which is the side-project collaboration of Manchester Orchestra and Devine (self-titled release is 10/19 via Favorite Gentlemen and Razor & Tie Records).

One ticket grants access to the entire affair. Exclusive pre-sale begins Wednesday, September 14th at 1pm via http://www.ticketalternative.com/Events/12454.aspx

Regular on-sale is Tuesday, September 21st at 1pm. Full line-up and details are below.

Favorite Gentlemen Presents: “The Stuffing”
Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 @
The CW Midtown Complex
Atlanta, GA

5:00pm doors/6:00pm music
Tickets available at ticketalternative.com

Pre-sale ticketing: 9/15 at 1pm
Regular on-sale: 9/21 at 1pm
$16.99 advance
$20 day of show

Full line-up:

Manchester Orchestra
Dead Confederate
Bad Books
Kevin Devine
Death On Two Wheels
Harrison Hudson
All Get Out

*Midnight DJ Party in Vinyl following Manchester Orchestra!

23 Jun

Atlantic recording group Circa Survive have announced new summer tour dates. The Pennsylvania-based band kicks off their upcoming U.S. tour in Tucson, AZ on July 23 at The Rock. The band will be joined by special guests The Dear Hunter and O’Brother, and will also re-join Coheed & Cambria for a handful of dates in August. See below for tour dates.

Watch Circa Survive’s new Tour Sequence from New York, when the band recently performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:

Circa Survive on tour:
7/23 – The Rock – Tucson, AZ *
7/24 – The Nile – Phoenix, AZ *
7/25 – 91X Radio Show – San Diego, CA
7/27 – Rio Theatre – Santa Cruz, CA *
7/28 – The Blank Club – San Jose, CA *
7/29 – Downtown Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA *
7/30 – Jerry’s Pizza – Bakersfield, CA *
7/31 – The Electric Theatre – St. George, UT *
8/1 – Stinger’s Bar and Nightclub – San Bernardino, CA *
8/3 – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles, CA ^
8/12 – The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO ^
8/14 – House of Bricks – Des Moines, IA ^
8/15 – Chubby Rain-House of Tunes – Poplar Grove, IL ^
8/17 – Musica – Akron, OH ^
8/18 – Jammin’ Java – Vienna, VA ^
8/27 – LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH #
8/28 – Ches Arena – Pittsburgh, PA #
8/30 – The National – Richmond, VA #
8/31 – The Norva – Norfolk, VA #

* – w/ The Dear Hunter, O’Brother
^ – w/ O’Brother
# – w/ Coheed & Cambria, The Dear Hunter

New album Blue Sky Noise now available

13 Jan

Columbia Records and Favorite Gentlemen are excited to announce more tour dates to Manchester Orchestra‘s upcoming US tour. Starting March 19, the second leg of the tour kicks into gear. The Features, Chris Staples, and labelmates O’Brother will join Manchester Orchestra February 26 – March 4 and starting March 6 through the end of the tour, the band will be joined by The Features, Biffy Clyro, and O’Brother.

Grab your presale tickets starting Thursday, January 14 at 1pm local time HERE.

Tickets will be made available to the public Thursday, January 21 at 1pm local time.

2.26.10 – House of Blues – Orlando, FL ^
2.27.10 – Freebird Live – Jacksonville Beach, FL ^
2.28.10 – Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL ^
3.2.10 – House of Blues – Houston, TX ^
3.3.10 – Emo’s – Austin, TX ^
3.4.10 – The Palladium Showroom – Dallas, TX ^
3.6.10 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ **
3.7.10 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA **
3.9.10 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA **
3.10.10 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA **
3.12.10 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR **
3.13.10 – The Showbox at The Market – Seattle, WA **
3.15.10 – The Knitting Factory – Boise, ID **
03.19.10 – The Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO **
03.20.10 – The Slowdown – Omaha, NE **
03.21.10 – The Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN **
03.23.10 – Metro – Chicago, IL **
03.24.10 – St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI **
03.25.10 – Mr. Small’s Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA **
03.26.10 – Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY **
03.27.10 – The Mod Club Theatre – Toronto, ON **
03.29.10 – Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY **
03.30.10 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA **
03.31.10 – Chameleon – Lancaster, PA **
04.01.10 – Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT **
04.02.10 – The Fillmore New York @ Irving – New York, NY **
04.03.10 – The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA **
04.05.10 – The Recher Theatre – Towson, MD **
04.06.10 – The NorVa – Norfolk, VA **
04.07.10 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC **
04.08.10 – The Music Farm – Charleston, SC **
04.09.10 – Jillian’s – Columbia, SC **

^ with The Features, Chris Staples, and O’Brother
** with The Features, Biffy Clyro, and O’Brother