Is a new album on the horizon for Other Lives?
Is a new album release from Other Lives just around the corner? All signs would point to yes, as the band finally has new live dates booked toward the back end of 2014.
New music has been a long time coming for the band, which has been on a self-enforced hiatus since late 2012 in order to work on new music. The process has been a fairly quiet one, with very few details emerging about the creative direction of the project, number of tracks, or even what the cover art might look like.
Still, the booking of dates for mid-to-late 2014 would suggest Other Lives will have some new music to debut when they take the stage at Pukkelpop and Steinberggasse later this year. The Pukkelpop date will take place on the second day of the festival (August 15), and is just one in a string of recent concert announcements by the band via its Facebook page. In fact, they specifically noted in an announcement about the For Noise festival in Pully-Lausanne, Switzerland (August 22) that they are "excited to be performing new music."
For now, fans of the band can get their 'new music kick' from another source. Other Lives leading man Jesse Tabish appears on Tyson Meade's new solo album, "Tomorrow in Progress," which bows May 20th. Tabish is just one of the high profile names on the project, which also features The Flaming Lips, Trent Bell of the Chainsaw Kittens, Nicole Fiorentino, Kerry Brown, Guy Erez, Kevin Dibbold and Jonathan Mooney.
Other Lives back in the studio (Updated April 10, 2013)
Sometimes, brand new material serves to be nothing more than a stopgap for a band once again looking to get its creative juices flowing. And that certainly seems to be the case for Other Lives, whose "Mind the Gap" EP was released back on October 22, 2012.
The aforementioned record is buoyed by one particular track helped along by Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace project, which remixed the title track to Other Lives' 2011 LP "Tamer Animals." Along with that cut, songs like "Take Us Alive" also appear too, along with previously unreleased cuts "Dead Can" and "Dust Bowl."
The EP was put together in the midst of a busy schedule that saw Other Lives touring with Radiohead, and later headlining their own tour in 2012. The grand finale took place in Chicago's Lincoln Hall on December 8, and three days later the band had made it home to Oklahoma and eventually relocated to Oregon.
As far as critics go, they're pretty hard to find where this band is concerned. The Guardian hailed them for a 'spectacularly luscious and vivid sound.' A review on Music Vice summed up a live show in one word – remarkable. And the LA Music Blog marveled at the seamless integration of non-traditional instruments added to the performance.
Other Lives is currently taking a break from the road to work on a full-length album. They've talked in the past about taking the time to step back and dissect what they've already done, while spending the appropriate amount of time with new material. And there's no doubt that whatever the band comes up with next, the fans will definitely be along for the ride.
About Other Lives
It wasn't the stage, but the screen that helped to introduce the world to the band known as Other Lives. The lead single off its self-titled debut album, 'Black Tables,' was featured on the 16th episode of season three, 'Things Fall Apart' of the ABC television show Ugly Betty. It was also played on the first episode of season five, 'In the Light' of USA Network's Covert Affairs, on 'Dream a Little Dream of Me, Part 1' of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, and on the episode 'Every Little Picture Tells a Story,' of the WB's One Tree Hill.
If there's a better way to market your music to the masses, don't tell that to Jesse Tabish, Jenny Hsu, Jon Mooney, Colby Owens and Josh Onstott. The band members have come a long way from their native Stillwater, Oklahoma to share the sounds of rustic rock. The TV exposure finally let them leave behind their normal gathering place ? the Bohemian Lounge on Main Street ? and dip a toe into the world of touring.
With success came more music, as the band finished work on its sophomore album, 'Tamer Animals' in February 2011. It was released on May 10, 2011 in the United States and three months later in Europe. 'For 12' became its lead single, and Thom Yorke, of Radiohead, recorded and released a remix of the album's title track.
Other Lives opened for Radiohead on a leg of their 2012 North American tour in February and March 2012, and also played the 2012 Coachella Festival in Indio, California. They continued to tour Europe, and returned to the US in the fall.
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