w/ HRVRD, Daylight
The End; Nashville, TN
May 28, 2013
Review and photos by Philip Obenschain (@pobenschain).
Fresh off a run of dates opening for Alice in Chains, Atlanta’s O’Brother kicked off their string of headlining shows last week with a stop at The End in Nashville. Joined by HRVRD and Daylight, two groups O’Brother have shared the stage with previously, but never at the same time, the show sported a surprisingly strong and diverse bill and one of the best nights of music I’ve had the personal pleasure of witnessing at The End. The trio, three vastly different bands, bear some unorthodox commonalities which, when brought together, fit in a shockingly seamless way.
Though the place wasn’t packed (and it’s a shame, because a show this good should be pulling a crowd in a room twice the size), the audience more than made up for it in entusiasm. By O’Brother’s own admission, they’ve played very few headlining tours, most often opting to open for larger bands, and were just happy to see a crowd at all. This was my first time catching all three acts, and I left impressed and wanting more. A metric I use for the test of a great show, is how often I find myself spinning the band’s music immediately after- and I’ve been rocking to all three groups nearly every day since.