O'Brother's Tanner Merritt on Trailers, Thrice & 120 Minutes
Photo by by Allison MacPhail O'Brother's Tanner Merritt at Warehouse Live in March
Atlanta's heavy, experimental-rock quintet O'Brother has been hitting the road hard in 2012. Rocks Off covered the band's headlining gig at Warehouse Live back in March, and tomorrow the band rolls into town once again, this time supporting Thrice on that band's farewell tour.
It's been a busy few months for a reason. O'Brother's debut album, Garden Window, has been met with nearly unanimous critical praise since its release last November. The record features a dynamic blend of distorted grunge, furious metal and dreamy alternative rock that breathes, swells and shifts uncomfortably like an insomniac trying desperately to fall asleep. It's loud, it's different and it's 100 percent buzzworthy.
Rocks Off caught up with O'Brother singer/guitarist Tanner Merritt this week to talk about the tour, MTV and the band's summertime plans.
Rocks Off: How's the tour going so far?
Tanner Merritt: It's going really well. We had a couple hectic days. We're only four or five shows in, and one of the shows we had to miss out on because our trailer broke while we were trying to get to the way to the Arizona show. We're still kind of getting in the swing of things, but so far so good. We've had a few setbacks, but it's all right.
RO: Wow, your trailer broke! Is that a first?
TM: On this trailer, yeah. We've had some problems with our old trailer, but we basically had an end-cap that flew off the axle and the bearings came out. We had to spend hours and hours trying to get that fixed.
RO: Sounds delightful!
TM: Yeah! (laughs)
RO: You guys have really been hitting the road this year. The last time I saw you guys was in March with Junius. There seemed to be a lot of love and respect between the two bands.
TM: Oh, definitely. We had not met that band until we toured with them and both of us had, you know, liked each other. Then once we started touring together, they were just awesome dudes, so it made for a really good, close-knit tour.
RO: Got any horror stories about bands that were not quite so easy to tour with?
TM: You know, actually, we've been lucky enough to not have really had that problem. I mean, I've heard horror stories from other bands and stuff that just didn't really get along with another band on tour, but pretty much everyone that we've toured with, we've gotten to be really good friends with. So we've been pretty lucky in that respect.