HEY! We did a couple of shows in Houston and Austin last week that I’m gonna tell you about in a second, but first we have some Very Exciting News:
WE’RE GOING ON TOUR! If you live in one of the following cities, you will get your first-ever chance to see Omotai live this May:
Wednesday, May 13- Nashville, TN @ the East Room
Thursday, May 14- Atlanta, GA @ the 529
Friday, May 15- Chapel Hill, NC @ the Cave
Saturday, May 16- Baltimore, MD @ TBA
Sunday, May 17- Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Monday, May 18- Brooklyn, NY @ the Acheron
Tuesday, May 19- Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s
Wednesday, May 20- New Brunswick, NJ @ the Court Tavern
Friday, May 22- Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA
Saturday, May 23- Louisville, KY @ the Third Street Dive
Sunday, May 24- Memphis, TN @ Crosstown Arts
This is our first time going east and we’re super excited to be playing a bunch of places that are well-known for badass loud music and- this is important- mostly less than 8 fucking hours away from each other!
Seriously though we have lots of friends on the East Coast and we can’t wait to see you all!
It’ll be a couple of months before we play in Houston again, so come get it while the getting it’s hot. . . um, or something. HEY LOOK check out Inter Arma’s new video!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch:
March 29, 2015- Mango’s (Houston, TX) with Ides of Gemini and
This show happened! Satannabis had to cancel at the last minute so it was a brief night, made even briefer by the fact that both Ides of Gemini (driving all the way from Fort Fucking Stockton!) and I got stuck in a TRULY HEINOUS traffic jam on I-10 near Eagle Lake.
Ides of Gemini took the stage first and cranked the fog machine to 11:
They delivered a stately and alluring performance, full of atmosphere and foreboding and anchored by Sera Timms’s voice, to a small but I thought appreciative audience.
Then we played. It was super hot onstage!
This Is For Zora
Fire Is A Whore
We Don’t Have To Be Strangers
This was the first performance not only of Fire, which is new, but also of Strangers, which has never been played live even though it was recorded almost two years ago. This was also the first time we had played Leglifter live in about 8 months. Time flies man.
I think we all wish there had been a few more people at this show, but thanks to everyone who showed up! This was Ides of Gemini’s first time in Houston and I hope they’ll come back and give Our Fair City another chance to show them some love. Currently they’re on tour opening for the Mountain Goats! Whaaat! You can find dates on their website, or head over to their Bandcamp page to buy a copy of their new record (I did!) or a cool necklace custom-made out of a frickin’ ride cymbal by their drummer Kelly! Neat.
Thanks to Jaron, Dunnock and everyone at Mango’s, and to Ides of Gemini for playing in Houston.
April 2, 2015- The Lost Well (Austin, TX) with Resent and The Dead See
This was Omotai’s first Austin show outside of SXSW week since January of 2014! While the show fell on a Thursday, the next day was Good Friday, so some of us had off work . Others, however, did not. This made our scheduling a little wonky and Sam, Melissa and Jamie ended up each driving up separately. I was still the last person to the club, by the way, even though the Lost Well is around the corner from my house, which I guess means I have to stop blaming my chronic lateness on the long commute. 🙁
Resent are buddies of mine; guitarist Jacob Saheb used to play bass in my other band, Honey & Salt, and we still share a practice space. All three of the Resent dudes are from Lubbock and they bounce off each other onstage with the ease and good nature of people who have been friends a long time.
They do kind of a bass-heavy grind/noise thing- think the Locust with a touch of Lightning Bolt- and they make a colossal racket, but their real strength is the way they use what I almost have to call bursts of silence. They’ll just stop dead in the middle of a song. It’s something that not enough bands know how to do and it’s very effective at creating a sense of drama- and sometimes, humor.
Resent are getting ready to put out a split, which I haven’t heard yet but is supposedly bad as all fuck, with the excellent but already defunct Austin band Teenage Swoon. Until that comes out, you can get their 7″ on Bandcamp.
We played the same set as the Ides of Gemini show, but for some reason we decided not to write out a setlist, instead having me yell out the name of the next song while Jamie and Sam let their guitars feed back. Here’s how that went:
Jamie: “WHAT’S NEXT?”
Danny: “LASER ADDICT”
D: “LASER ADDICT”
D: [pantomimes shooting a laser gun]
J: [looks at me like I’ve lost my damn mind]
The Dead See closed things down with a set that can only be described as LOUD AS SHIT unless you were to prefer COMPLETELY FUCKING EPIC.
I had seen these guys before at Holy Mountain (during Free Week with Lions of Tsavo), but somehow I really was not prepared for how awesomely heavy and exciting their music was. Seeing them I kind of felt like I fully understood Neurosis for the first time. It was that good. They haven’t put out a record since 2009, which is a damn shame, but you can hear what they have here. I really hope they have some new shit to appreciate soon because I can totally get to this.
This was our first time at the Lost Well and we had a great night. Thanks to Marcello, Mike, Dusty, Andy and everyone else at the Lost Well, and to all the guys in Resent and The Dead See.
After the show Sam drove back to Houston; Jamie and Melissa crashed with Angela and me, but everyone was gone by the time I woke up. 🙁 Next time we’ll do a show on a weekend and I am TAKING YOU FUCKERS OUT TO BREAKFAST GOD DAMMIT.