• Other Lives

Other Lives

Other Lives have a richly layered, almost cinematic sound. They’ve drawn comparisons spanning all the way from Sigur Ros to Fleet Foxes. The band originally formed in 2004 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Band members are Jesse Tabish (piano, guitar, lead vocals) Jonathon Mooney (piano, violin, guitar, percussion, trumpet) Josh Onstott (bass, keys, percussion, guitar, backing vocals). Nearly every member pulls double and triple duty on cellos, violins, clarinets, keys, trumpets, and drums, and in a live setting, the band constantly shifts and repositions to hit every mark.

Their sophomore album, Tamer Animals, was released in 2011 and instantly garnered the praise of critics, fans, and other musicians. Other Lives toured with Radiohead as support for their US Tour in 2012 and the band also did a headlining tour of their own.

Other Lives have been back in the studio recording for their 3rd album, Rituals, to be released on May 4th 2015.

“This one was a real journey,” Tabish says of the 18 months spent writing more than 60 songs for Rituals, a constant creative outlet for the relentless sonic architect amid a rigorous few years of touring their previous album. “It was a long time spent searching for a new identity,” the soft-spoken singer continues of the writing process, “still trying to retain the past of our musical palate but also really trying to stretch ourselves into a new type of music.”

“In our heads we’re haphazardly trying to write classical music,” says Jesse Tabish, and if you listen with an intent ear to Other Lives’ lush, layered beatific musical creations, it’s hard not to imagine the singer-musical maestro crafting his next opus. “Every sound, every drum beat has to have some sort of purpose,” he adds. Rituals, the band’s third and latest full-length album, is a pure encapsulation of the trio’s relentless drive for precision.


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