Seeing a band progress is in my opinion the best part about being a music journalist. One of the bands I have seen throughout the years is O’Brother. I first encountered the band at Irving Plaza three years ago as they opened up for Biffy Clyro/Manchester Orchestra. Fast forward to now and the band has toured relentlessly while also releasing their album Garden Window to critical acclaim. What both music fans and critics agree on are the not only the hardworking ethos that are clearly visible when viewing O’Brother but the ferocity and passion that they display every night on stage.
The band’s co-headlining show with Junius at The Knitting Factory was no expectation to this. That’s a word that gets thrown completely out of the window when it comes to O’Brother, expectation. I can sit here and write to you about what makes the bands performance such a treat but doing so is close to impossible when trying to describe O’Brother. Front-man Tanner Merritt can be seen howling into his microphone while his bandmates bash frantically beside him, never once breaking their precision. A true stand out of the night was the bands track Ascension which left the crowd of The Knitting Factory practically breathless. All attention was on O’Brother that night and the band relished in that fact during their unforgettable set.
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