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Background information
OriginBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
GenresIndie rock, noise pop, dance-punk, neo-psychedelia[1]
Years active2008–present
LabelsInflated, White Iris Records, Glassnote Records,
MembersBrad Oberhofer
Zoe Brecher
Ben Roth
Dylan Treleven
WebsiteFacebook page

Oberhofer is a band from Brooklyn, New York formed in 2008 to perform the music of its founder and frontman Brad Oberhofer. Current members are Brad Oberhofer on synths, guitar and vocals, Zoe Brecher on drums, Dylan Treleven on bass, and Ben Roth on guitar.

In July 2011, Brad Oberhofer signed with Glassnote Records, which released Oberhofer's debut album Time Capsules II on March 27, 2012, an EP entitled, "NOTALGIA" (2013), and their second album, "Chronovision" (2016) in the United States and worldwide.

Oberhofer's sound is largely described as Surf Pop Revival, joining the ranks of such bands as Best Coast, Allah-Las, Bleached, Surfer Blood, Cayucas, Howler, and Dum Dum Girls, but is also known for its cinematic and orchestral qualities.


Oberhofer started in 2008 as the recording project of Brad Oberhofer. After moving from his native Tacoma, Washington to New York City, Oberhofer attended New York University to study music composition.[2] After using several different names, the young singer adopted his own name as the title of the project. Although the band has since gone through various lineup formations, the name has remained the same because Oberhofer writes all the music himself.[3]

In 2010, Oberhofer self-released his first single o0Oo0O0o and was soon asked to go on tour with bands like Sleigh Bells, Neon Indian, and Matt and Kim.[2] After hitting the road for a year, Oberhofer released Away Frm U (sic) and I Could Go in 2011. The two singles brought the attention of independent label White Iris Records who released the band's next single Gotta Go/Mahwun in the summer of 2011. Soon after, Oberhofer signed with Glassnote Records to release their debut album.[4] Stereogum ranked the band as the No. 39 most anticipated album of 2012.[5]

Brad began work on Time Capsules II in the studio with Grammy Award winning producer Steve Lillywhite in November 2011, recording vocals and most instrumental tracks himself, and pulling in bandmates and other instrumentalists to complete certain tracks. Glassnote released Time Capsules II on in the United States on March 27, 2012.[6] In anticipation for the release, the band performed "Away Frm U" on the Late Show with David Letterman.[7]

Oberhofer performed widely in clubs and on the festival circuit in support of Time Capsules II. Recent notable performances include in the Mojave Tent at the 2012 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.[8] and the Budweiser stage at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 5, 2012.[9] They performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 13, 2013.[10]

Their song "I Could Go" was included as a sound track of the free ride biking movie "Where The Trail Ends" sponsored by brands such as Specialized Bicycle Components, Red Bull and others. Many of their other songs have been licensed to Television programs, Advertisements, and online series, including, Catfish: The TV Show, Skins, LUV, T-Mobile, SoBe, BoJack Horseman, Kevin from Work, Underemployed, Teen Wolf, Table 19.

Their song "Gold" also was included as a sound track of the soccer simulation game by Konami, Pro Evolution Soccer 2013. In 2016, their song "Sea of Dreams" from Chronovision was prominently featured in the fourth episode of season 3 of Netflix's animated TV series BoJack Horseman, "Fish Out of Water", which was voted Time Magazine's Best episode of television in 2016.





Single Video Label/year
o0Oo0Oo0 No Self-released, 2010
Away Frm U Yes (Inflated Records, 2011)
I Could Go No (Self-released, 2011)
Gotta Go/Mahwun No (White Iris Records, 2011)
Dead girls dance No Self-released, 2009
Haus No Self-released, 2012
Cruisin' FDR Yes 2012
Earplugs No Glassnote Records, 2013
You + Me (Still Together In The Future) No Glassnote Records, 2013
Together/Never Yes Glassnote Records 2013
Memory Remains Yes Glassnote Records 2015
White Horse, Black River No Glassnote Records 2015
Sun Halo No Glassnote Records 2015
Dreamt I Was Gonna Be Your Man[11] Yes Glassnote Records 2018


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  2. ^ a b AOL. "News, Sports, Weather, Entertainment, Local & Lifestyle - AOL". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  3. ^ "mydallasmusic.com". Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Oberhofer Signs to Glassnote Records, Releases Single Via White Iris". 29 August 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  5. ^ "The 50+ Most Anticipated Albums Of 2012". 22 December 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Oberhofer: Time Capsules II Album Review - Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Oberhofer: 'Away FRM U' (Live On Letterman) (Video)". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Coachella | set times". Archived from the original on 2012-04-13. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
  9. ^ "Oberhofer at Lollapalooza". Archived from the original on 2012-04-17. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  10. ^ "ACL Music Festival". Archived from the original on 12 March 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Brad Oberhofer on Instagram: "Everyone has been insanely supportive of the new song~ thank all y'all for keeping the dream alive. Also thank you to Brian Blomerth @pupsintrouble who made this insanely beautiful album art ~ a true angel among humans"".