Atlanta rockers O’Brother brought their Disillusion tour into Brighton Music Hall in Boston on Friday night, and for those who turned out, a night of loud, hard driving noise-rock was in store. The band took the stage right around 9:50 pm and from the start they did nothing but deliver strong sounds. Guitarist Johnny Dang displayed some immense talent and expert knowledge of his instrument with many pedals and effects that made his guitar sound like it would fit perfect in the 90’s underground rock scene. O’Brother’s style is a mesmerizing clash of 90’s grunge, art rock, and progressive metal that creates a unique sound all their own.
The band had the crowd in awe all night, mixing a set between their debut album “Garden Window” which was released in 2011, and their latest, heavier release “Disillusion.” Disillusion is darker, more toned album than the first, setting the band on a course of a heavier genre that will undoubtedly lead them to appeal to fans of bands like Nine Inch Nails, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The band’s show on Friday night proved that they are poised to make that leap from a band with a good album, to a powerful live act.
With a catalog of songs that range from indie rock to progressive metal O’Brother is a hard band to predict. Their live set-up includes lighting rights, fog machines, and loud guitars with a whole lot of feedback. Vocalist/guitarist Tanner Merritt lays down ambient vocals that mesh together perfectly with those guitars for a sound that is unmistakable. After rocking the house in Brighton on Friday many in attendance were interested to learn everything they could about this talented young band.
Support on the tour is delivered but Indiana rockers Native who also posses a loud, brand of noise rock that leans a little more towards hardcore than metal. Also supporting on this tour are grunge rockers Daylight who sound like they came out of Seattle in the mid 90’s. The band plays a straight up high energy brand of grunge, complete with the attitude of a frontman who wants nothing more that to play a straight up set with little banter and no wasting of time.
Friday night's show in Boston wasn’t the kind of over-hyped “bands you HAVE to see” show full of hipsters and uninformed journalists we’re so used to seeing these days. It was an under the radar show with a good crowd who enjoys music, the kind of underground show that used to go on in the 1990’s. There were a few quick pictures taken, but for the most part the air wasn’t filled with cell phone and camera screens like is so often seen in today’s music scene. This was the type of show that was just for fans of good music, and not elitist “fans” who only want to be in attendance to eventually wear it as a badge when one or all of these bands get big, proclaiming “I saw them in a small club back when..” as if it was some sort of achievement. If you’ve grown tired of a music scene like that, check out O’Brother on the Disillusion tour for a night of rock that will take you back to the days when underground shows ruled the scene.