Currently in the midst of a North American tour, with European dates kicking off April 27, o’death are on the road (dates here) in support of their fantastic new record, Outside. I caught two of their sets at SXSW (in an attempt to make up for missing both of their recent shows in Maine at The Ox + The Ax – a venue run by the band’s frontman, Greg Jamie) and the difference in crowds made for very different experiences. The first – at Red 7 on a bill with like-minded bands on the Panache booking roster – felt like most proper o’death gigs, with a rowdy mix of punks and friends losing their minds to the band’s onstage contortions. The second – and ultimately the last show I chose to watch at the festival – was in the smaller venue 512 and seemed to invite more of a walk-in crowd that may not have been familiar with the band. It was definitely the first time I saw anybody play air guitar at an o’death show!
Below is the new video for the song “Bugs.” It was filmed here in Maine by the band themselves.
Read on for photos from both shows by Bryan Bruchman.