O’Brother

21 Aug

o'brother @ Schlachthof Wiesbaden

o’brother @ Schlachthof Wiesbaden

Since about April, I have repeated one question over and over again. “Hey, have you heard O’Brother?” For some reason – I think it may have been a click of destiny or something – I came across a review of this Atlanta five-piece. I then listened to some of the tracks and got their album “Garden Window” as well as the EP “The Death of Day”. The time span from my first listen to the iTunes transaction? Not more than 4 minutes. That’s how convincing it was. If you’re into that kind of stuff.

More research revealed that O’Brother had recently toured with Junius, another favorite of mine. Of course, I found no dates for Europe (ironically, Roxity does not seem to live in Rock City. Or even Rock Country, for that matter.) But just as I was getting into the ..uhm…”groove” of asking everyone above question to at least create fellow appreciators and getting accustomed to the idea that I would have to travel far to see this live, O’Brother announced their support for Touche Amore and they were playing in Wiesbaden. Thank you, universe.

o'brother @ Schlachthof Wiesbaden

o’brother @ Schlachthof Wiesbaden

Being first support in a three band bill, the set was short but so worth the drive and 40 degree Celsius venue. Beautifully arranged, contrasting sounds are what sets O’Brother apart. A musical thumb war between fragility and power, the thickly layered scape of monumental musicianship and vocals leaves just enough room to grasp and be moved. Paired up with a live performance, it’s a whole other case of awesome. If I had to pick my set highlight, it would have to be “Ascension”. But I really can’t wait to see and hear more next time.

O’Brother are:
Tanner Merritt – vocals, guitar
Anton Dang – bass
Johnny Dang – guitar
Michael Martens – drums
Jordan McGhin – guitar

Flickr the show here.
Find out more about O’Brother here.
Get the program for Schlachthof Wiesbaden here.

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