Tamer Animals

LIVE MUSIC: Other Lives @ The Red Palace - 2/21/12

I first saw Other Lives back in 2009 opening for Bat for Lashes at the 9:30 Club. It was a chance encounter that not only would shape our little groups philosophy toward concert going (ALWAYS get there for the opener...ALWAYS) but in a large part was the beginnings of the idea to create this site.

What I witnessed then was a band that demonstrated a maturity and a commitment to their craft that, as someone who has played music to varying levels of achievement for over 30 years now, hit on an almost spiritual level. For a while I just couldn’t stop talking about it the band and that show to whoever would listen, which became increasingly frustrating when, for whatever reason, they didn’t immediately blossom into the biggest band in the world. The “southwestern Radiohead” instead slipped quietly from the public eye to become a not-so-well-kept secret of music nerds far and wide.

Jump forward 3 years to last Tuesday night’s sold out performance at The Red Palace, and it’s clear that NOW is the time for Other Lives, and I couldn’t imagine any band more deserving of the success that they are about to have.


The Oklahoma band Other Lives has had a pretty good year or so. First they released their sophomore effort Tamer Animals to widespread critical acclaim and then by the end of 2011 it was revealed that they would be one of the opening bands on the upcoming Radiohead world tour, which is to say, they sort of hit big...REAL BIG.

We were lucky enough to catch up with lead singer/songwriter Jesse Tabish a few weeks ago and ask him a few questions about the making about that album and 70's sci-fi, and here's what he had to say.

Daily Listen: Other Lives - "Tamer Animals

The first time I encountered this group from Oklahoma they were opening for Bat For Lashes in support of their self titled debut. Ever since then I've been anxiously awaiting anything new from the band, so it is a giant fail on my part when I learned that not only did they have a new album done, but it was out. Tamer Animals takes the groundwork that the band laid on their 2009 release and moves it further into the same "country Radiohead" territory that bands like Midlake have occupied before them.

After only 3 listens I can tell you this: This album is f@#@ing good (as expeceted). I'll have more to report later, but in the meantime why not check out the title track and just jump on in to this record along with me.


Other Lives - Tamer Animals

Other Lives will be coming to DC to play The Red Palace on June 10. It's a Friday and it's only $8 (really? WTF?) so you have no excuse not to head down to H Street and see them in a place this small while you still can. Buy your tickets NOW!!

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