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Live Review: Other Lives with Indians at Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel, Washington DC – 30th November 2012

By on Monday, 10th December 2012 at 2:00 pm

Friends of mine from Germany had been talking about the band Other Lives over the summer, and I was just curious enough to check them out. Turns out they sounded pretty good, like minimalism meets orchestral, something that I could get into. So when they popped up as a gig to cover, I hopped on it.

The evening opened up with Indians: plural word, singular man signed to 4AD this year. Copenhagen’s Søren Løkke Juul is an example of something I am seeing more of, a band that is just one person playing a synthesizer. I will say that he completely saved himself in that he could actually play piano. He was *not* just ‘playing a box’. To increase my admiration, he also pulled out an acoustic guitar and played that as well. With his debut not being released until next month, this 10-month old ‘band’ showed promise and versatility.

It turns out I was so lucky I listened to my friend’s advice. It may not be my favorite concert of the year, as my pal exclaimed, but it was a great gig and a surprise from such an under the radar band. First off, it was a small club with sometimes dodgy sound and this band of five actively uses more instruments than I have even seen on stage, so both space and sound quality were of utmost importance. So this is what was on stage and used: two violins, cello, trumpet, a large and small xylophone, guitar, bass, two sets of double keyboards, harmonica, acoustic guitar, castanets, harmonium, synthesizer, timpani, lap steel, and a set of ANTLERS WITH BELLS!

It also may have been the most beautiful I have seen this dark boxy venue ever look. Not only was the stage filled with instruments, but oversized, clear, incandescent light bulbs were stationed throughout. It gave a beautiful light to the stage and when coupled with the fog, made the stage absolutely glow. In a funny aside, about a third of the way through the gig, lead singer Jesse Tabish asked to have the fog turned off because he couldn’t see anything, and I concurred – I literally could not see Colby Owens, the drummer or Jenny Hsu, the cellist. Jon Mooney and Josh Onstott round out the band playing many of the remaining instruments.

Often I am distracted by the drumming, which I love. The appealing thing about this band is that there was always so much going on, so much layering that I never had time to get wrapped up in the drummer. This said to me that each of the musicians on stage could hold their own and made for a very balanced band. Both ambient and punchy in its own turn, their tunes swelled and roared through the crowd.

As the band built to a full-on intense noise climax in ‘Weather’ there were people rocking out all around me. The encore returned Tabish to the stage alone where he highlighted the fact that this band started out as an instrumental endeavor, playing solo on a piano piece that confirmed that he was indeed a piano player and not just someone who plays keyboards. They closed out the night with ‘Black Tables’ and melted into that good night. The sold out crowd then shook themselves from their reverie and headed out heady from the experience.


Video of the Moment #897: Other Lives

By on Sunday, 22nd July 2012 at 6:00 pm

from their album ‘Tamer Animals’, this is Other Lives‘ ‘Dust Bowl III’, a beautiful song accompanied by this hauntingly emotional video. Watch it below.



MP3 of the Day #417: Other Lives

By on Wednesday, 12th October 2011 at 10:00 am

Oklahoma’s Other Lives released their second album ‘Tamer Animals’ in August and now they’re offering up the title track as a free download. Listen to and download it below.


Live Gig Video: Other Lives at Manchester Deaf Institute

By on Wednesday, 21st September 2011 at 2:00 pm

Other Lives played at Manchester’s Deaf Institute last month. The band also went on the roof to perform an unplugged version of ‘Other Statues’. It was all recorded for your viewing pleasure by the lovely folks at Manchester Scenewipe. Watch it below.

Luke wrote a nice Bands to Watch piece on the Oklahomans in June, which you can read here.



Other Lives / October and November 2011 UK/Irish Tour

By on Tuesday, 13th September 2011 at 8:00 am

Other Lives will be legging it around Britain and Ireland in October for a tour. They also have a one-off gig in November in Brighton. Tickets are available for all dates now.

Luke profiled the band in a Bands to Watch feature that you can read over here.

Tuesday 18th October 2011 – London Shepherds Bush Empire (with Chapel Club)
Thursday 20th October 2011 – Bristol Cooler
Friday 21st October 2011 – Cardiff SWN
Saturday 22nd October 2011 – Liverpool Leaf
Sunday 23rd October 2011 – Dublin Academy 2
Tuesday 25th October 2011 – Glasgow Captain’s Rest
Wednesday 26th October 2011 – Middlesbrough Westgarth
Thursday 27th October 2011 – Leeds Nation of Shopkeepers
Saturday 29th October 2011 – Nottingham Bodega
Sunday 30th October 2011 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Tuesda 22nd November 2011 – Brighton Audio


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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