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1998 – present (20 years)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, United States
Moody or folksy could be adjectives to describe Okkervil River. But in reality the band's carefully constructed lyrics and quivering vocals are meant to be purely emotional. In their latest album, Black Sheep Boy, one can hear the pain of unrequited love and feel the angst that the title character experiences.
Current band members (as of Nov. '05):
Will Sheff - guitar, vocals (keyboard occasionally)
Jonathan Meiberg - keyboard, accordion, banjo
Travis Nelson - drums
Scott Brackett - Trumpet, keyboards, tape player
Patrick Pestorius - bass
Brian Cassidy - guitar, pedal steel, mandolin, melodica (keyboard and accordion when on tour without Jonathan)
Will Sheff and Jonathan Meiburg are also the founders and bandmembers of the more dreamy band called Shearwater
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