A commanding ‚??Garden‚??
Last Modified: February 18. 2013 9:09PM
Indie rockers O‚??Brother is the latest in a long line of bands that feel as though music is best made with the distortion turned up and written while one is just a little bit upset. The Atlanta-based quintet recently released its first full-length studio effort, ‚??Garden Window;‚?Ě its 11 tracks are an eardrum-grating journey through a wide range of human emotions. Taking cues from the band‚??s forebears from the worlds of grunge, punk and occasionally even electronica, O‚??Brother has created an album well worth exploring.
While some might dismiss ‚??Garden Window‚?Ě as a collection of noisy chaos, in reality it is a thoughtful and deliberate use of some of the elements that set rock music apart from other genres. Whether it comes at the listener angry and fast (‚??Malum,‚?Ě ‚??Sputnik‚?Ě or ‚??Lo‚?Ě) or dramatically epic (‚??Poison!‚?Ě or ‚??Cleanse Me‚?Ě), O‚??Brother‚??s music sounds the way that it does for a reason. Every scream, reverberation of the bass or aching note plucked on the guitar help to create a dynamic feel throughout the album, changing often but never straying too far one way or the other.
‚??Garden Window‚?Ě is powerful and moving from beginning to end, and with it, O‚??Brother manages to capture the idea that it is perfectly all right to not be perfectly all right, doing so especially well. While the music may not be refined enough for some, many listeners will appreciate the energy and lack of usual structure, following the roller coaster of the band‚??s stream-of-consciousness musical style.
O‚??Brother definitely has the potential to appeal to a much broader audience and is worth keeping an eye on in the future.