Stepping into the Spotlight with O’Brother

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Every week we like to spotlight a rising band from outside of New England. Today, we get to know Atlanta’s O’Brother. You can catch band in Boston when they open for Thrice at Royale on Tuesday, October 18.

Band Name: O’Brother

Band Members:
Tanner Merritt: Guitar, Vocals (Atlanta, GA)
Michael Martens: Drums (Garland, TX)
Anton Dang: Bass (Hollywood, CA)
Johnny Dang: Guitar, Background Vocals (Hollywood, CA)
Aaron Wamack: Guitar, Percussion (Napa, CA)

Garden Window (2011)
The Death of Day EP (2009)


How did you form/start?

A few of us have been playing music together for around 14 years. We just kept doing what we’ve been doing and added a few members.

Finish the sentence, someone would like your band if they like…

… heavy experimental post indie rock?

What song of yours should people listen to first and why?

“Machines Part I”

Walk us through your songwriting process.

It’s always different. Mostly songs stem from jamming on certain riffs for long enough, until they take shape and form a song.

Tell us a little bit about your latest album.

It’s our first full length and it’s called Garden Window. We’re really stoked on it and it embodies so many different soundscapes and emotional movements.

What has your most memorable moment as a band been?

Playing a sold out show at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia.

What has been the hardest part of building your name onto the national level?

Music is so accessible these days. You have to bust your ass to stand out and show people what you have to offer.

Who are the best bands from your hometown that we might not know about?

Manchester Orchestra and Big Jesus.

What band would you most like to open for?

Sigur Ros or Radiohead.

Who is your all-time favorite Boston band?

Converge, Cave In, Piebald.

What are your thoughts on playing Boston?

We love it. We’ve played in Boston 3 or 4 times and it’s a truly incredible city.

What can people expect from your live show and why should our readers catch your next stop in Boston?

Loud. Heavy. Head banging.

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