Only Manhattan could spawn such earnest, anachronistic rural folk as the goth-country collective O’Death. More impressive is how the only real big-city giveaway in their sound is vocalist Greg Jamie’s pained, Chloraseptic-welcoming yelps. Otherwise, the band’s mastered the almost claustrophobic need for space that once preoccupied so much of the early folk music O’Death are presently inspired by. It’s disconcerting how real it all feels at times. With Ponytail, USAISAMONSTER, and Woods. — KORY GROW.
O’DEATH, Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N 6th St., Brooklyn, NY Phone: 718-486-5400. Tickets still available here.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 9, 2008