Tuesday, July 14, 2009

review: O'Brother--Death of Day w/ tour dates & vid

The Death of Day
Favorite Gentlemen, 2009

Part of the Favorite Gentlemen Recordings circle of friends in Atlanta led by Manchester Orchestra, O'Brother is a solid find in that in-between niche of indie rock versus punk. Drifting between an aura of transcendent scary escapism ("The Great Release") and rock rowdiness ("Division of Man"), O'Brother has post-rock emo feel similar to what Jason Gleason-era Further Seems Forever laid out six or seven years ago. With the lead "Providence," the song displays what O'Brother does quite well--endearing punk meditations that follow the blueprints that Brand New designed.
[Tour dates/vid after the jump...]

There's the straight ahead punk rock (two words, not the same sound) enhanced by carefully crafted intriguing, haunting intros as in "The Great Release." Tanner Merritt knows the difference between when to let out his screaming self and when to rein it in a bit, depending on the mood and structure. Mostly what he settles for are hoarse whispers that give it all a dash of mystery. Excellent decision making on several fronts, really.

Thankfully O'Brother leaves out all the whininess of where similar and possibly lesser talents may often stray, instead they keep a serious focus, rather than just trying to nab a quick pop-punk hit. O'Brother obviously likes the punk, the harder stuff, but it seems like they've forced themselves to go beyond their natural inclinations to craft a work, maybe above themselves, maybe right where they need to be. Whatever they did, they knocked it out of the park.

Tour dates:
Jul 15 The Drunken Unicorn (w/ Dignan and Timbre) Atlanta, Georgia
Jul 31 The Alamo (w/ Besides Daniel) Newnan, Georgia
Aug 2 1982 Bar (w/ John Nolan of Straylight Run) Gainseville, Florida
Aug 3 Big Daddy’s (w/ John Nolan of Straylight Run) Tallahassee, Florida
Aug 4 Jack Rabbits (w/ John Nolan of Straylight Run) Jacksonville, Florida
Aug 5 The Talent Farm (w/ John Nolan of Straylight Run) w/ John Nolan Pembroke Pines, Florida
Aug 6 Transitions Art Gallery (w/ John Nolan of Straylight Run) Tampa, Florida
Aug 7 Alabama Music Box (w/ John Nolan of Straylight Run) Mobile, Alabama
Aug 8 Mellow Mushroom (w/ John Nolan of Straylight Run) Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Aug 9 HiTone Cafe (w/ John Nolan of Straylight Run) Memphis, TN

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