Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Show Preview - O'Death - 4/12/11 - Thunderbird Cafe - Pittsburgh - Concert Preview

O'Death will be performing next Tuesday, April 12th at the Thunderbird Cafe. They are touring behind their new album, Outside, that will be released the following week (April 19th). This is the third album for the Brooklyn quintet who play what are often compared to Beirut and Frank Black. While their banjo-driven sound can still be described as hauntingly Appalachian, ODeath has let loose of their punk roots to reveal a record that is more subtle and darkly-triumphant, representing exactly where the songwriters have found themselves in the moment. (Drummer David Rogers-Berry battled cancer in 2009 and made a vanquishing recovery to be a part of this album).

From their press:

In late July of 2010, New York quintet O'Death -Singer/guitarist Greg Jamie, Gabe Darling on banjo and ukulele, drummer David Rogers-Berry, bassist Jesse Newman, and violinist Robert Pycior - returned to the stage after a year-long hiatus to play a critically-acclaimed set at the Newport Folk Festival. In many ways it was the perfect start to a new era in the band's existence, and a logical precursor to their upcoming third LP. O'Death return to Ernest Jenning Record Co. for Outside, set for release April 19th.

After endless touring on the rollicking one-two punch of their debut Head Home (Ernest Jenning Record Co.) and sophomore barnburner Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin (Kemado), the band was sidelined in the midst of their 2009 tour when Rogers-Berry was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. Ten months of chemotherapy and a shoulder replacement later, the group returned to the studio with a new outlook on life, and began work on their most fully conceived project to date - an affirmation of sorts. With the help of producer/engineer Billy Pavone (The Fall, Asobi Seksu, White Rabbits), the result is a record that is both the most subtle and massive accomplishment of the band's career. Outside is a darkly triumphant and free-flowing album that represents exactly where the songwriters have found themselves in this moment. As Pycior notes, "I love the dynamic disparity in the album: the fragile parts of 'Bugs,' 'Ourselves,' and 'Don't Come Back...,' the huge endings in 'Alamar,' 'Look at the Sun,' and 'Pushing Out.' ...and I love ending on a different and demented tone with 'The Lake Departed.'"

Show begins at 8p with Grandchildren opening.

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