Photo by Heart on a Stick
O'Death came to our attention because of, what else, blogs. The band brings us an eclectic brand of americana folk. Their often haunting songs seem to channel bands like Man Man, yet with a big more of a bluegrass feel.
Their album, Head Home, was released this year - and we liked what we heard so much we booked them at our Movable Hype show, which is tonight (get there at 10pm for O'Death)!
Drummer David Rogers-Berry answered some of our questions this week...
Let's get this out of the way, where did your band name originate?
O'death is a traditional song from the eastern United States, common in Appalachia and mining towns. I've heard many many different versions recorded from the 1920s to recently, but I'm sure the song is much older than that.
What is your first conscious memory of living in New York?
Borrowing money to pay rent
What is your favorite place to drink in NYC, and what's the best night to go out?
I like to drink where ever the drinks are free, and for me that's usually on a night we're playing. My favorite gigs have been at the Bowery Ballroom (hands down, the nicest room we've ever played), and the DIY spaces all over the country; The Juniper Street Warehouse aka South Philadelphia Athenium was literally a life changing experience for me, and LoBot Gallery in Oakland and Asterisk in Bushwick are both excellent grassroots art spaces.
Now its time for some fill-in-the-blank action
"You know you've made it when…"
You quit your day-job for your career.
"It'll be time to pack up the gear for good when…"
"I'll never forget the first time I…"
Got payed for a gig
"I'll never forget the first time [insert another band member's name here]…"
Gabe Darling (banjo/uke, vocals) rushed our audience during a performance of "Spitfire."
Let's have some fun with word association. Give me your immediate feelings on the following (if you've got no discernible feelings, make something up that won't embarrass you in the morning)
I used to live in the Bronx.
Major league underdogs...when I was a kid anyway.
Dirt bag haven. I'm really disappointed we never played CBGBs, and it looks like we never will since they're closing.
Speared. XXX movie my x-boss has in his closet.
Hype. We could use some of that.
Seems like geeks are changing the world. No offense to any of the awesome blogs out there. I'm pretty impressed that the press can be in the hands of regular people who don't have thousands of dollars to dump into lifestyle magazines.
I could talk shit about gentrification, but I'm not from NY. I'm also a white college graduate, so I'd just be another hypocrite if i pretended I'm not contributing to gentrification.
On the other hand - the market value on real estate in NY and other major cities is getting completely out of hand. Makes me feel like moving back to the swamps, but then... I'd be totally bored again.
A few quickies on the music tip
What was the most played song on your iPod (or an equivalent music playing device) in the past week?
Beyonce (Dangerously in Love) vs. Prince (Diamonds and Pearls or Controversy)
Who would be in your ultimate music super group, your all-star Olympic team of rock?
Bad Brains backs up Nick Cave.
If Josh Schwartz, creator of the OC, asked your band to perform on his tv show (as Modest Mouse, the Killers Tom Vek and the Walkmen have) would you?
How much are they paying?
And finally...What came first, the music or the misery?
I think i remember loving music long before i learned to be depressed.