Ohio Sky is enjoying the well deserved attention for the city and publications like
Cleveland Scene Magazine as they are a band to watch this 2015.
Live they are magnetic and their new full length release showcases songs like Vulture Cascade, King Fisher and Momento Mori that shows instrumental strength and lyrical fluidity. They are scheduled to play The House Of Blues on January 24th, 2014 . The band sat down with us for a small interview about their new album.
OBF:Tell us about the start and process of this record?
Ohio Sky: As for the process, it varies. Often times Vince or I would bring an idea to the group and we'd work through it until we were all happy with it, or we'd decide to move past it. We've kept vigilant about getting together as a band a few times a week since we started, so ideas grow up and really reach their potential by the time we're ready to record. This time around though we experimented a bit with separating the band into two working groups, for a phase of about two months. So rather than getting the whole band together two or three times in a week, Eric and I would work together twice a week as a rhythm section, and Vince and Patrick would work together. So when we came together at the end of the week we had twice as many ideas to go through. And that turned out to be really beneficial.
OBF: How do you gauge your evolution from your first release to now?
Ohio Sky: We feel there's an obvious evolution between our first full length record and now. One major change that pushed that evolution was in the line up. Previously we were a five piece band and I was playing guitar, but our bass player had to move home right as we were beginning the writing process, and after some talks and weighing the options I decided I'd switch to bass. We just felt that the chemistry in the band was strong between the four of us and we didn't want to jeopardize that. So that decision being made, we decided this record was going to be more stripped down. We gave much more attention to vocals being at the forefront, and we scrutinized song structure much more than past recordings.
OBF: What can the fans expect from the new album?
Ohio Sky: I think that although there's a wide range of dynamics from song to song, the fans can expect a more focused record that showcases our diversity as a group. Thinning the lineup down to four members really allowed each member to carve out their own unique space in the mix, and we're excited for people to hear that. It's a great record to listen to from beginning to end.
OBF: How long has this album been in the works, and what are the concepts?
Ohio Sky: We started writing early winter of last year, and really kept at it right up to getting in the studio. As for concept, I don't think there's one specific concept tackled or repeated throughout the record, we cover a lot of ground from song to song. Often times we'd start with a thought evoking phrase or song title, and build the lyrical content from that. Some of it is introspective and some of it is the world at large.
OBF: What challenges did you face?
Ohio Sky: I'm happy to say that we really didn't face any major challenges this time around. We've certainly had our fair share of those in the past, but this time around the only issue we faced was deciding if we'd recruit a new member, or move forward as a four piece. And that decision, in all honesty, wasn't hard to make. I think we were all excited for the opportunity to grow.
OBF: How would you describe your band to people that have not heard it?
Ohio Sky: Often times, when people who haven't heard our band ask what we sound like, we fumble around and end up frustrated because it's difficult to peg down.. everyone in this band comes from a different and diverse background with music, and our sound showcases that. It's dynamic.. at times it's loud and ominous, and other times its spacey and beautiful. But when I have to generalize it, I say we fit in the heavier side of alternative music.
OBF: Your CD Release is at the house of blues.. tell us about it?
Ohio Sky: Yeah, it's January 24th in the Cambridge room at House Of Blues. We're getting really excited about it. We've had a few times out with the new material and it's been a blast to perform. This show in particular will be special, not only for the obvious reason of the release, but because we're getting deeper into our visual stage production with some wild video projections. It's going to be a great night!
There you have it ladies and gentlemen The House of Blues Ticket Link is (Here)
for updates on Ohio Sky go to : cellardoorcle.com and ohioskymusic.com