Hometown: Stillwater, OK
Played “Dark Horse” 01/25/2012 9:16 am
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Other Lives Tamer Animals
With the release of Other Lives second LP, the band should find that they’re now at that precipice that catapults a band from a great opening act to a formidable headliner. Tamer Animals, with elements of progressive folk, classical, and creative beauty is a quiet storm of an album. A “game changer” for this Oklahoma-based band.
From beginning to end, this record tugged at my heartstrings and seeped into my conscious and subconscious mind and I was its wiling captive. “Dark Horse” with its expansive atmospheric sound ensnared my attention and as Jesse Tabish’s vocals come in, I knew I was listening to something special. “Tamer Animals” from the first tickling of ivories to the chorus buildup, had me confused and bemused because I didn’t know how a song so melodically melancholy could make me want to dance so much. From beginning to end of Tamer Animals, Other Lives bids us to take a musical journey with them, the kind where there are plenty of stops along the way. And each stop adds a different flavor to the overall journey as a whole.
From their humble beginnings as Kunek (The bands’ first instrumental leaning incarnation) and the birth of Other Lives, their ever evolving sound and “voice” just gets better. Attention other bands/artists: In a perfect music world, this is how bands/artists should be. Growing and evolving. Much like a painting, where each brush stroke is a continuum in the overall creation of a masterpiece. Such as each album should add substance to the body of work. Other Lives does masterfully, with a beautiful quiet grace.
Dark Horse by Other Lives
Other Lives Mind The Gap
What a year it’s been for Oklahoma darlings Other Lives. The Stillwater quintet supported Bon Iver last fall and later toured with Radiohead introducing their rich orchestral sound to some of the largest audiences in the world. This fall, Other Lives venture out alone headlining their own US tour with a new EP in tow titled Mind The Gap, a short four track album recorded while the band was on the road. If you’re not familiar with the overwhelmingly beautiful overtures created by this band, Mind The Gap is the perfect portal to step through into the world of Other Lives.
“Dust Bowl” and “Take Us Alive” are the truest reflections of who we’ve come to know as Other Lives. During a time when sonic augmentation seems to be everywhere, at their core, the members of Other Lives are purists when it comes to instrumentation and musical arrangements. The dark, uneasy, and barren tone that comes across on “Dust Bowl” is a product of multiple layers of strings, percussion, keys, and Jesse Tabish’s vocals all melding together in their natural unaltered state. There is a noticeable similarity between the way Thom Yorke and Jesse Tabish use their voices as ambient background instruments rather than melodic centerpieces. Because the band wrote Mind The Gap while on the road, electronic Radiohead-esque influences do creep in on “Dead Can” with pulsating bursts of electro-bass lines throughout the chorus and Thom Yorke’s Atoms For Peace turns “Tamer Animals” on its head with a remixed version of the song that is the polar opposite of the original.
With the release of Mind The Gap and a fall tour currently in full swing, now is the perfect time for you to get to know Other Lives. We promise, the only regret you will have is lamenting over why you didn’t acquaint yourself with them sooner.
Played "Tamer Animals" 11/20/2012 9:00 am
Listening to the first few seconds of Other Lives’ self-titled debut, you might think you mistakenly popped in... more at pastemagazine.com
Oklahoma orchestral rockers Other Lives gave the El Rey Theatre a concert on Saturday night that was as close to a religious experience as a secular band could muster. Celebrating their 10-year anniversary as a band — and clearly celebratory at their burgeoning popularity — the band cast a 70-minute spell over the sold-out crowd that bordered on sacred. ||| Photos by Kelsey Heng After virtually nonstop touring in support of their highly regarded 2011 album “Tamer Animals,” Other Lives cherished the moment. more here
Played "Take Us Alive" 10/17/2012 11:27 am
Who: Other Lives in the Gobi Tent In 3 or Fewer Words: What moves me. Memorable Because: There's very little I can say about Other Lives that I haven't said time and again . The Oklahoma orchestral rockers and their sprawling, mournful/hopeful compositions can pretty much bring me to tears, at which time I want to find somebody else in tears and give them a hug. Yeah, all mushy and stuff. Saddled with a inauspicious time slot, Other Lives again delivered, the sky just starting more here
Oklahoma orchestral rockers Other Lives revealed an Atoms For Peace remix of 2011’s title track “Tamer Animals” back in July, but we finally get another robust original from their forthcoming EP “Mind the Gap” (out Oct. 23 on TBD Records). And suffice to say “Take Us Alive” is epically ambrosial as expected: Violins loop before they give way to the deep rhythms; keys lay a foundation under the heartrending harmonies; and dynamics tug on the heart strings as much as they tantalize the audio senses. The song written by frontman Jesse Tabish in his parents' backyard joins the more here
If Sergio Leone, the Italian director and king of the Spaghetti Western, was still around and making his pulp-tastic, cigar-infused, all around badass films, and he were looking for a new band for a score (no offense, Ennio Morricone.. you still rule), Other Lives would be a prime candidate for such a job. The Stillwater, Oklahoma band showcases its lush, layered folk sound throughout the entirety of their highly underrated Tamer Animals record, but its on Dust Bowl III that really encapsulates what they're about. Down-and-out lyrics that feel honest and resigned. Environmental noise and feedback more here
If Sergio Leone, the Italian director and king of the Spaghetti Western, was still around and making his pulp-tastic, cigar-infused, all around badass films, and he were looking for a new band for a score (no offense, Ennio Morricone.. you still rule), Other Lives would be a prime candidate for such a job. The Stillwater, Oklahoma band showcases its lush, layered folk sound throughout the entirety of their highly underrated Tamer Animals record, but its on Dust Bowl III that really encapsulates what they're about. Down-and-out lyrics that feel honest and resigned. Environmental noise and feedback more at elbo.ws
A super easy-going, liberal bunch of fantastically talented and well-rounded musicians, they make amazing, dazing, crisp and poignant music. more at mog.com
American indie pop outfit Other Lives formed as an instrumental project in 2004 under the name Kunek. more at www.allmusic.com