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INTERVIEW: OhBree

Photo Credit: Emily Dubin http://www.thedubyscoop.com/

Album Art Credit: Kate Otte

 

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thanks! Been doing well! Busy as hell with the new EP coming out, but a good, healthy, chunky, kind of busy.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Manfish”?

OH YES WE CAN! Andrew Scott (vox/piano) here: Manfish is a song that started out as a weird guitar riff. It was just one repetitive riff that sounded a lot like one of our other tunes. We basically thought it’d get thrown in the ol’ “Bad Ideas Bin”, but in a last ditch effort to save the riff I added some more chords and pulled together an actual chorus. It’s a great feeling to be able to salvage the tune and turn it into one of our favorite tracks.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Not any event in particular, but like I said above, we really liked the guitar riff. There are two piles of OhBree demos. Songs that are too dumb or goofy to release – and songs that are just dumb and goofy enough to release. Something was driving us to make sure Manfish made it into the latter!

The single comes off your new EP Feed Me Poison – what’s the story behind the title?

When the EP comes out you’ll get to see for yourself! It’s like when Brian Johnson finally says “The Breakfast Club” in The Breakfast Club!

How was the recording and writing process?

It was great! We recorded in Sleepless Sound Studio (http://sleeplesssound.com/) which is actually owned by a few of the guys in OhBree. We cranked out around 20 demos with the intention of making an LP, and these four tracks stood out as deserving their own release. We did a lot of the writing in the studio – we normally start off with chords, lyrics, and a basic structure – then we all pile into the studio with a fist full of staff paper, order some pizza, and write horn/guitar lines until the sun comes up.

What role does Marching and theater plays in your music?

A good number of the members of OhBree have a background in theater, marching band, pep band, or concert band. The theater has been a big influence on our personality. We love to be over the top, and even put on characters for certain songs. The band stuff has been a HUGE asset for writing in the studio. Our whole horn line can transpose music in their heads, and know a great deal of music theory, which has saved us on multiple occasions in the studio.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I’d been listening to a lot of bands like Ween, Presidents of the United States of America, and McLusky. I wanted to make up a character like those guys. A weird almost unbelievable character with real life problems. Thus Manfish was born!

Any plans to hit the road?

YES – We’ll be hitting the road a bit in March – hoping to be playing a bunch in NYC soon too. Here are our upcoming show dates!

Upcoming Shows:

Friday March 11th – Philadelphia, PA – Berning Man @ Lavender Town

Wednesday March 16th – Harrisonburg, VA – The Golden Pony

Thursday March 17th – Greenville, NC – Spazzfest

Saturday March 19th – Philadelphia, PA – 3rd Planet Fest

What else is happening next in OhBree’s world?

We have an LP in the works. I’m incredibly excited about the demos we’ve got stewing, too! Our last album, Death By Broomstick, was much darker than our first release. I think the new LP is going to combine those two sounds really really well.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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