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The early birthing pains of O’ Brother saw Michael Martens, Johnny Dang, and his brother Anton Dang joined in making quiet climbs from graceful notes , a struck pose to an older guitar focused indie-rock. But as is the duty of all freshman bands members fade off and new friends, like Tanner Merritt and Aaron Wamack, joined establishing a new vision, and accidentally stumbling into the dark 2009 debut EP The Death of Day.

“The music we like to put together is dark, but so is the subject matter, so the medium has to be as well,” O’ Brother’s lead singer/guitarist Tanner Merritt spells out the capturing of the Georgia band’s first five written songs.

To break the cimmerian shade of an album based around sleep and its emboss to the natural world a dynamic had to be created, a wall of density given breathe and firm grip around melodies unable to wander. The expected sprawl of soft, then loud, then back to soft was sacrificed projecting a new luminance where the strength was in the tiny twisting light that exhales from the EP as a whole.

The band sought to keep their on stage essence by laying the album down live, forgoing the studio temptation to fill each space. Recorded by Brad Fisher with assistance from Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull the best takes were chosen for keys and effects to be added in later creating the soundscapes tucked beneath each song.

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  • dreamcountry

    Last night in Prague was beyond all awesome.

    11 May 2014 Reply
  • OnTheFly

    Your show in Trier was absolutely stunning, hope to see you again soon!! [2]

    8 May 2014 Reply
  • silenZcreaming

    I bought their new album at their show in schweinfurt. what a great support lp/band. whould not have expected something that different together with la dispute. thanks guys! you rock!

    8 May 2014 Reply
  • GatesOfLammoth

    Your show in trier was absolutely stunning, hope to see you soon again!!

    7 May 2014 Reply
  • mopsmolch

    This was a great show yesterday at Matrix, thank you for playing such a stirring concert!

    4 May 2014 Reply
  • Parasitical

    Hmm. The Austin show isn't listed. But I can't wait to see them tonight!

    13 Feb 2014 Reply
  • NK-Metal

    YES EUROPE WITH LA DISPUTE

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • CarlFarbman

    I have only listened to the new album a few times this year. Far less than I spun Garden Window. But today I was listening again and "Oblivion" just blew me away. I think it might be my favorite O'bro song now.

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • osmark

    cannot for the world of me get into this band. I can see why people would like them, but....meh

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • brootinho

    I'd never, EVER say this band is good and heavy like this. Glad I've finally gave them a listen.

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • brootinho

    FUCK THIS IS GOOD

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • SHAUNIXCORE

    i'll admit that disillusion didn't initially grab me the way garden window did, but once i saw the new songs live, holy fuck did that change it for me. watch their audiotree sessions. the new material sounds heavier and better live, in my opinion.

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Parasitical

    Whoa at the top track..

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Tri-Edge92

    These guys were great live. A majority of their set consisted of stuff from Garden Window, which was a pleasant surprise.

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
  • NK-Metal

    VVVV hahahahaha very funny

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • gislahurst

    Horrible vocals, boring music.

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • NK-Metal

    Disillusion is amazing

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Punk-Fiction

    Disillusion is pretty decent.

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Dr_MoonOrGun

    Yeah, I'm airing on the side of it being pretty amazing. But not right out of the gate. It kind of opens up after a few listens. Lyrically it's more focused really pretty raw. It's a whole different animal and shouldn't really be compared to Garden Window. Also, it plays like a concept album, which I think is awesome. I don't know if that was the intent, but that's how it's coming across to me. If anyone's read any of the Dark Tower series, the narrator of Disillusion bears some similarities to the main character. Anyway. Awesome, mean as hell album that will probably grow on the naysayers.

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • mjk89

    Everyone thinking it's mediocre, I'd highly recommend watching their recent Audiotree Live session. New songs made absolute sense for me played live.

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
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