Bands to Watch #219: Other Lives

By on Friday, 17th June 2011 at 12:00 pm

Since starting out under the name of Kunek in 2004, Other Lives have been honing their craft of sophisticated indie. Forming seemingly in the middle of nowhere (Stillwater, Oklahoma to be exact), Other Lives are only now gearing up to release material over the pond. Having already found famous fans in the likes of Zane Lowe, the Flaming Lips and Radiohead, the buzz around the orchestral quintet is rising.

The first single from upcoming album ‘Tamer Animals’ is one of big sounds but similarly a minimal feel. ‘For 12’ (video below) mixes the instrumentals of acoustic guitar, percussion and keyboards to create music that isn’t overly dominating in any way and allows the vocals of Jesse Tabish to soar. Tabish’s vocals really do lift the song above its original platform, his ability to hit high notes and sing majestically give the song a sombre yet powerful edge. It is this style of intricate, orchestral, expansive almost dream pop which have made Other Lives such a hot commodity in certain circles.


The band’s first album to be released in the UK, ‘Tamer Animals’, is scheduled for release on the 29th of August. The LP was recorded over a period of 16 months in the band’s own recording studio, where every nuance and note was carefully structured to create what will prove to be an astonishing (almost) debut.

Other Lives are playing the following dates in August/September:

Friday 12th August 2011 – Leicester Summer Sundae Festival
Wednesday 17th August 2011 – Manchester Deaf Institut
Thursday 18th August 2011 – London Lexington
Friday 19th August 2011 – Green Man Festival (Brecon Beacons, Wales)
Saturday 3rd September 2011 – North Dorset End Of The Road Festival

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