Well, we did it.
I’ve taken a fair few musical risks in my time, one of which involved learning to play jazz chords on tenor banjo in a matter of days. Don’t ask. None of these compares with the risks we took with ORE’s live debut at Supersonic 2011.
For a start, when we began working on this project in earnest in early 2011, Sam had only played a tuba once before, and then more as a noise source rather than by using any conventional techniques. The dedication and time required to develop the necessary stamina on an instrument like the tuba was enormous, and I can’t say I’ve ever seen anyone make that sort of progress on a brass instrument before.
Add to that already massive undertaking the technical challenges involved in amplifying the instruments, and there’s an awful lot that could have gone wrong. Mercifully, nothing did.
Best of all, we’ve both enjoyed the experience enormously.
So, where next for ORE? Musically there is a lot of exploring to do – what can the genre of drone/doom encompass when its bedrock is bass brass instead of guitars and feedback? We don’t know, but we intend to find out. We know that there’s lots to explore with regard to our live sound too. Intensity is everything.
Thanks to everyone who came to see us at Supersonic, especially those who couldn’t get in! We hope to see you at the IKON gig in November.