O'Death at the Spaceland in Los Angeles 2008
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York|
|Labels||Ernest Jenning Recording Co.
Originally formed in 2003 while the members attended SUNY Purchase, the band— with Jamie on guitar and vocals, Gabe Darling on banjo, David Rogers-Berry on drums, Jesse Newman on bass, and Bob Pycior on fiddle—played a series of shows at the now defunct Apocalypse Lounge in NYC, and quickly began building a fanbase with their reverently twisted take on Americana filtered through a wealth of musical influences as divergent as Bill Monroe, Prince, Neil Young, The Microphones, and The Misfits. For these shows, O'Death put together a very raw, 10-track CD-R, entitled Carl Nemelka Family Photographs, to sell to concert-goers.
As O'Death worked on new material for their second, self-released LP, Head Home, the five-piece perfected their stage show. They played over 100 shows in 2006, and took the stage alongside acts including Battles, Dr. Dog, Art Brut, Langhorne Slim, The Big Sleep, and Old Time Relijun.
The band's nonstop touring caught the attention of the New York-based Ernest Jenning Record Co., who re-released Head Home in June 2007. Later that Summer, UK-based label City Slang released Head Home in Europe.
O'Death continued to tour the US and Europe throughout 2007, putting out a limited edition (500 copies) vinyl version of Head Home on Ernest Jenning Record Co./City Slang, followed by a 7" single of two new songs, "Low Tide" and "I Think I'm Fine," as well as a cover of The Pixies' "Nimrod's Son" as an internet bonus track. Head Home was nominated for a 2007 Shortlist Prize. The sounds of O'Death are related to the growing "Gothic Americana" sound that many American artists are taking using components of minimalism, expressionism, country and bluegrass. O'Death leads along with lyrical content on life and death.
On February 5, 2008, Gigantic Music released a new 7", which features songs "Spider Home" and "Silk Hole".
After being on hiatus due to David Rogers-Berry undergoing cancer treatment, the band is again on tour and released the album, 'Outside,' in April, 2011. The first single, 'Bugs,' from the album was released on 26 January, 2011.
The band continues to tour and record.
- Carl Nemelka Family Photographs (Self-released, 2004)
- Head Home (Self-released, 2006; Ernest Jenning Record Co., 2007)
- Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin (Kemado Records, 2008)
- Outside (Ernest Jenning Record Co., 2011)
EPs and singles
- “Low Tide” / ”I Think I’m Fine” / “Nimrod’s Son” 7” (Ernest Jenning Record Co., 2007)
- “Spider Home” / “Silk Hole” 7” (Gigantic Music, 2008)
- Underwater Nightmare 7” (Kemado Records, 2009)
|2007||"Down to Rest"||Jonathan Phelps|
|2008||"Low Tide"||Benjamin Zeitlin|
|2011||"Black Dress"||Dave Woolner|
- Greg Jamie - vocals, guitar
- Gabe Darling - backing vocals, ukulele, guitar, banjo, piano
- David Rogers-Berry - drums, percussion
- Bob Pycior - violin
- Jesse Newman - bass
- Dan Sager - trombone, euphonium, keys
- Tristan Palozola - trombone, percussion, auxiliary
- Andrew Platt - bass guitar
- O’Death’s Official Website
- O’Death on Myspace
- O’Death’s Daytrotter.com session
- O’Death feature in the Village Voice
- Live O’Death show on BandsThatJam
- City Slang's release of Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin
- Interview with drummer David Rogers in Chief Magazine
- Twang Nation's Review of O’ Death's Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin