For Your Consideration: Oberhofer

What were you doing when you were 19 years old? I spent most of my time trying to steal music via Napster in between attending concerts and binge drinking while attending NYU. In this case, Brad Oberhofer, the singer / guitarist and driving force behind the band of the same family name, and I share some common ground. Along with Bassist Mike Parham, Brad attends NYU, but instead of spending their time chasing girls through Washington Square Park and indulging in the shot special at the Continental, they are creating some seriously infectious indie rock. When Brad isn’t working on his symphony, he and his adopted brothers are penning lo-fi gems that ooze eagerness and burst forward with scattered compositions that afford Brad the chance to steer the songs with vocal melodies.

The New York-based quartet is still in their infancy, but they have a lot of growing up to do over the next couple months. After self-releasing their o0O0o0O0o 7” earlier this year, the band is set to release another 7” featuring the tracks “Away Frm u” and “Dead Girls Dance” on November 31 courtesy of Inflated Records. Oberhofer will make its UK debut tomorrow with a short run around the island before returning home for nine shows during the five-day CMJ Music Marathon beginning October 19.

Then the band takes off to support The Morning Benders and Twin Sister on a tour through the Midwest and northeast. All of these dates should provide the band with a chance to gel and become the type of road tested outfit that can withstand long drives and grungy clubs. It helps that they have youth and great songs on their side.
See these youngsters at any of the following CMJ shows so you can brag to your friends that you saw them before they got "big".
10/19 – New York, NY – Pianos – The Music Slut day party
10/20 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl – Deli mag showcase
10/21 – New York, NY – Pianos – I Guess I’m Floating party
10/21 – Brooklyn, NY – Public Assembly – Neon Gold / Chess Club
10/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands – Yours party
10/23 – New York, NY – Bowery Electric – Baebel Music party
10/23 – New York, NY – Pianos – Bowery Presents day party
10/23 – Brooklyn, NY – Cameo Gallery – 2 Syllable party
10/23 – Brooklyn, NY – Bruar Falls – Cape Shok / Inflated Recs party

As the talent buyer of NYC's Mercury Lounge and all around music junkie, Jay Belin gets to indulge his addiction more often than Courtney Love and Scott Weiland combined.

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