'This raw and ragged New York band draws from the starkness and spiritual purity of Appalachian folk, the menace of punk and the rowdy theatricality of Tom Waits, jumbling sacred and profane.' -‐ The New York Times.
In late July of 2010, New York quintet O'Death –– singer/guitarist Greg Jamie, banjo and ukelele player Gabe Darling, drummer David Rogers-Berry, bassist Jesse Newman and violinist Robert Pycior –– returned to the stage after a year-long hiatus to play a critically acclaimed set at the Newport Folk Festival. In many ways it was the perfect start to a new era in the band's existence, and a logical precursor to their third LP, Outside, which was released earlier that year.
After endless touring on the rollicking one-two punch of their debut, Head Home, and sophomore barnburner, Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin, the band was sidelined in the midst of their 2009 tour when Rogers-Berry was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Ten months of chemotherapy and a shoulder replacement later, Rogers-Berry returned to the group, and the group returned to the studio. Possessed of a new outlook on life, O'Death began work on their most fully conceived project to date –– an affirmation of sorts.
Recorded with the help of producer/engineer Billy Pavone (The Fall, Asobi Seksu, White Rabbits), the result is a record that is both the most subtle and massive accomplishment of the band's career.
Outside is a darkly triumphant and free-flowing album that represents exactly where the songwriters have found themselves in this moment. As Pycior notes, 'I love the dynamic disparity in the album... I know we have the right sequence this time around.'