Tuesday Tip-Off: O’Death

Today’s tip-off is the latest dark and rootsy release from O’Death.

With a sound that draws from murder ballads and other songs of sorrow from the great Appalachian-American songbook, O’Death has carved out an impressive claim to the 16 Horsepower throne. But where David Eugene Edwards from 16HP wrote primarily of a distinctly Old Testament/Vengeful God and followed that muse into ominous meditative music, Greg Jamie of O’Death has often utilized a narrative thread through his work that references the natural world and our relationship to it in life, and in death. If 16HP always sounded like a backwoods church where people in wool clothes handle snakes to show their devotion to Jesus, O’Death is the Pagan throw down a few miles away in the very heart of the woods, where God is squishing up between your toes and snakes are invited but not turned into a litmus test.

Like 16HP, O’Death has always injected the source material with an energy that makes the band not only fit right in on a punk rock bill, but in fact then makes the punk rock in question seem silly and toothless. The shame in this is that often the sheer visceral event of the band playing at it’s manic best is such that it’s easy to get caught up and miss the finer points of the band. Luckily their latest, Outside, replaces the sweat and adrenalin with songs that are haunting, ominous and ultimately beautiful. The woods are dark, but there’s magic in them as well. Shades of the old eastern European music that those original mountain people carried over with them mixes with the high and lonesome to make the foundation of Outside‘s sound, and while the songwriting and arrangements definitely pay tribute to both past traditions, they also update it with fresh melodies and approaches to make it one of the best albums we’ve heard all year. Check it out for yourself here.

Here is the video for the first single “Bugs” and O’Death’s upcoming tour dates.

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The Workman’s Club

10 Wellington Quay Dublin Ireland +353 (0) 1 670 6692

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Crane Lane Theatre

Phoenix St Cork Ire +353 (0)21 437 8487

Friday, April 29th, 2011

De Barras

55 Pearse St. Clonakilty West Cork Ireland +353 (0)23 8833381

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Kellys

Kelly’s Bar & Lounge, Bridge Street Galway Ireland +353 (0)91 563804

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Cargo

83 Rivington Stree London EC2A 3AY United Kingdom 020 7739 3440

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

La Fleche d’Or

8pm

102 bis rue de Bagnolet Paris FRA FR

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Frigorex

Luzman 3001 Switzerland

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Tap Tab

Baumgartenstrasse 19 Schaffhausen 8200 Switzerland 052 625 96 70

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

El Lokal

Gessnerallee 11 Zürich 8001 Switzerland 043 344 87 50

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Manufaktur

Hammerschlag 8 Schorndorf 73614 Germany 07181 61166

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Feierwerk

Hansastraße 39 Munich 81373 Germany 089 72488-0

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

K4

Na Florenci 1332/23 Prag 110 00 Czech Republic 277 779 111

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Beatpol

Altbriesnitz 2 Dresden 01157 Germany 0421 0302

Friday, May 13th, 2011

La Familia y Amigos Festival

Conne Island Leipzig Germany

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Privatclub

Pücklerstraße 34 Berlin 10997 Germany 03022682178

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Molotow

Spielbudenplatz 5 Hamburg 20359 Germany 040 4301110

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Muz

Nuremberg Germany

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Studio 672

Venloer Straße 40 Cologne 50672 Germany 0221 9529940

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Middelburg, Netherlands

Beddewijkstraat 15 De Spot 0118 633229

21:00 – € 10,- (student /cjp € 8,50)

w/ Sexton Creeps

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Paradiso

Amsterdam Holland
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