Review and Photos By Mike Gerry
Other Lives, from Stillwater, Oklahoma, and now residing in Portland, Oregon, came to Atlanta behind their third full length album, and one of the best of the year in 2015’s Rituals.
To put it in a just a few words, Other Lives is one of the best bands around these days. With lush, layered songs, it’s hard not to get lost in their music. It’s a talent only so many bands can accomplish to this level.
Live, well, just takes these songs up another notch. With three main members, Jesse Tabish (piano, guitar, lead vocals), Jonathon Mooney (piano, violin, guitar, percussion, trumpet), and Josh Onstott (bass, keys, percussion, guitar, backing vocals), and five total for the live show, Other Lives are able to recreate their huge sound, switching instruments during songs, huge drums, and a loud full sound. The back up vocals are haunting. On record Other Lives has that chill, ethereal sound, but live it’s so loud and full that they could fill up large stadiums, having the whole crowd sway to their music, hanging on every word.
And that’s what the crowd got in one of Atlanta’s best small venues, The EARL. The crowd was completely enamored by this band, and for good reason. This is a band that stands on their own with the music they are creating. They have their own thing going on, creating a classical sound.
Playing a mix of older fan favorites and songs from the new album, the first single from Rituals, ‘Reconfiguration’ is the perfect introduction to their sound. The stand outs from the set list is hard to nail down just a few, but songs like ‘Tamer Animals, ‘For 12’ from 2011’s self titled album stand out. The new songs were brilliant in their own right with ‘English Summer’ being a highlight. And then when they put their own spin on Nirvana’s ‘Something In The Way’, a perfect ode to one of our generation’s greats that fit perfectly into their set list, the crowd knew this band was special.
On this Saturday night in Atlanta, Other Lives took us to another place where it was just the crowd and the band, nothing else. It was a moment. Experience this live for yourself on their current tour (dates below).
Watch a few clips from Other Lives’ show at The EARL:
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