ChiIL Live Shows original Oberhofer LIVE show shots from Lincoln Hall 3-27-12
ChiIL Live Shows caught up with Oberhofer at their March 2012 album release show at Chicago's own Lincoln Hall. Check out our back alley interview with 3 of the band members. This interview will serve as a Time Capsule too--a window into the beginning of a rising rock band......Oberhofer.
When we first saw Oberhofer LIVE at Lincoln Hall, it was their 1st show after their March 2012 album release.
"Expansive instrumentation and charming, unpredictable song structures" Billboard
"The rising phenom Brad Oberhofer, the songwriter and front man for this band, sings with such a youthful urgency that sometimes he can’t contain it, and lets it out in yelps. He has a natural pop sensibility and the wisdom to toy with unconventional instruments." The New Yorker
"A newly sophisticated musical playground." SPIN
"It's a credit to Oberhofer to take such small moments and build them into such a feeling of importance." Consequence of Sound
"It's a visceral, hook-laden, and often beautiful teenage dream." Under The Radar
"Oberhofer's debut album, Time Capsules II, has the feel, the scope and the grandiloquence of a musical." The Guardian
"Time Capsules II is that kind of album: a buffet of familiar confections designed for easy digestion, painstakingly dressed and seasoned to demand repeat consumption" CMJ
We ran into friends of ours there--industry insiders who worked for Spin for years, and raved that Oberhofer was one of their favorites from SXSW 2011.
Emotion is what drives the psychedelic catchy pop rock tunes crafted by the oft-effervescent Brad Oberhofer. Drawing on influences ranging from Brian Wilson to Descartes, the 21 year old is fixated on the idea of making philosophically minded, energetic melodies that just make people smile.
“Music is this thing I just inherently do and psychologically, I have a desire to make as many people happy as possible. Music helps you think about stuff, it helps you feel, you know?”
With an unforgettable way of speaking directly from the heart, Brad Oberhofer’s songs have a pulse that form the very core of what makes Oberhofer, Oberhofer. To put it quite simply, a great rock & roll band.
Armed with a belief that you spend your entire life searching for the socially aware version of the 5 year old “you”, he tries to inject each song with the innocence felt by that same kid, sitting on the couch of his parents house playing the broken guitar he spent months teaching himself how to play.
Referring to his songwriting as “a time capsule of exactly how I’m feeling at a particular moment”, each song on his forthcoming debut, Time Capsules II, is a clear, unrestrained look inside the head of Brad Oberhofer. “Gold” is a reflection on two magical weeks spent with a first love that inadvertently initiated his musical endeavors. “Away Frm U” is an upbeat song about saying goodbye to that love.
Like most of the impressive debut, the stand-out “I Could Go” shows that above all, his heart is on his sleeve in both his words and everything he creates, a trademark that suits his search for sincerity well.
After moving to Brooklyn from his hometown of Tacoma, Washington, to attend New York University, Brad quickly immersed himself in the indie rock community forming the 4 piece which is now quite simply, Oberhofer. Catching the attention of Glassnote Records, the band officially joined the labels’ roster over the summer of 2011. Brad recorded the debut album Time Capsules II with legendary producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, The Rolling Stones & Morrissey among others) in Brooklyn last fall and are on the road for the next, playing shows and festivals around the world.
One thing is certain – expect to see big things from this promising young band. It’s going to be quite a year for Oberhofer, the sky is truly the limit.
Remaining Tour Dates /
11/08 - Rave Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI * 11/09 - The Vogue - Indianapolis, IN * 11/10 - Congress Theater - Chicago, IL * 11/11 - Majestic Theatre - Detroit, MI * 11/13 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH * 11/14 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH * 11/15 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY * 11/16 - House of Blues - Boston, MA * 11/17 - Wellmont Theatre - Montclair, NJ *
* with Matt & Kim
Time Capsules II | Tracklisting /
01. HEART 02. Landline 03. Away Frm U 04. I Could Go 05. Yr Face 06. oOoO 07. Cruisin' FDR 08. Gold 09. Haus 10. Homebro