5GB With O’ Brother; Playing DC9 Tomorrow, Feb. 16

By Eileen Tilson

We all know musicians are a quirky bunch with very distinct personalities, thus it is so refreshing when I get to interview a band who is not only really talented, but also insanely nice. O’ Brother are group of Atlanta boys who have built their fan base brick by brick touring the country with their pals Thrice, Circa Survive, Manchester Orchestra, and Biffy Clyro. Having just released their new album, Garden Window, the band is quickly becoming the shiniest star on the Famous Gentlemen label. We had the distinct pleasure of speaking with Johnny before their show tomorrow at DC9.

What was the first gig you ever went to?

My first show was the Warped Tour in 1999 in Atlanta. I was like 11 or 12 years old, and I went with Anton and Michael. That was basically it. It was pretty miserable.

What is the best gig that you ever played/performed at?

Our last show at the Masquerade in Hell for our CD release party was amazing. All of our family and friends were there singing along to all of our songs. It was overwhelming and joyful.

What is the best gig you have ever been to?

My Morning Jacket at the Fox Theater in Atlanta was incredible. The band was just so incredibly tight. They played for three hours with no opening act. Radiohead is my favorite band, and the first time I saw them was at he HiFi Buys Amp. in Atlanta, but I had lawn seats (which is not the best sound) and it started raining. I need to see them again!

Gig you would most like to play?

I would love to play Coachella. I’ve also always wanted to play Bonnaroo. I certainly wouldn’t mind playing some shows in Europe, just the thought of that excites me!

What would be the lineup for your dream gig?

Hmm, well this sounds repetitive, but probably us, then Sigur Ros, then Radiohead….at The Tabernacle. How amazing would that be??

Catch O’Brother Thursday, Feb. 17th,  at DC9 Washington, D.C.

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