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O. share new single “ATM”, It's crazy, It's engaging, It's audio Art!

Credit: Jamie MacMillan

Today, O. – the London-based duo of baritone saxophonist Joseph Henwood and drummer Tash Keary – have shared a frantic new single titled “ATM”. The song follows their announcement of their much anticipated debut EP, “SLICE”. Recorded live with Dan Carey at his London studio, the EP will be released via Speedy Wunderground this Friday – 24th November.

Coming hot on the heels of last November’s debut single “OGO” and their recent single and EP title-track “Slice” – which won enthusiastic support from DIY, Dork, NME, Louder, and Rough Trade – the new track sees the duo combing cyclical sax lines that are underpinned by raw and powerful drumlines. It’s yet another consummate demonstration of the bands ability to play with heavy tension and release without forgetting the importance of groove-heavy, club-inflected songwriting.

Speaking on the track, they say, "ATM is us getting angry and frustrated about some of the injustices and crazy bewildering things in the world. It's a tune to celebrate fury, going on a journey releasing your anger then coming to a place of peace. We love seeing people getting their anger out to it live.

Speaking on the new EP, Tash says, “We played loads of gigs before we ever got in the studio, so we had lots of tracks to choose from. We picked these four because they’re all quite different from one another, while showing off all the styles we like to play.”

Following the recording of the EP, the three subjected the tracks to an array of post-production tricks, making full use Carey’s enviable selection of vintage dub production units. “Dan’s got a full collection of spring reverbs, tape delays, digital delays, bucket brigade delays and plate reverbs,” says Joe. “We don’t see ourselves as a dub group or anything like that, but we both really love heavy, bass-driven music, and none of this stuff would exist without King Tubby.”

As the circular simplicity of their name suggests, O. are a true self-contained unit. They formed in London during lockdown, when Joe and Tash – both veterans of a string of London ensembles – found themselves in a bubble together. When they started jamming, it was with no preconceptions: don’t overthink it, just play and see what happens. Before long, though, they were augmenting live instruments with effects – Joe routing his saxophone through a pedal board, Tash treating her drums with reverb and delay. As their sound grew and grew, it gradually became clear there wouldn’t be space for anyone else.

O. played their first show at Brixton Windmill, and the venue’s booker Tim Perry invited them back to support Black Midi. Immediately after their set, Black Midi’s Morgan Simpson invited them out on tour around the UK and Europe – a true trial by fire. “I think our fifth gig was at Alexandra Palace – it was terrifying,” remembers Tash. “But the main thing we learned was that we can be as weird as we want to be. Black Midi’s whole approach is that it’s OK to be playful. We both really liked that because there's a playfulness to our music, too.”

It was this experimental urge that saw Joe and Tash run their own nights, O Zone, at Brixton Windmill – collaborative live sessions that saw O. improvise onstage with luminaries including Nerija’s Rosie Turton, Edna from Goat Girl, Melt Yourself Down’s Pete Wareham and Steam Down’s Wonky Logic. Following a tour with Dublin’s Gilla Band, though, O.’s music has just been getting heavier, louder, more intense. “People have come to see us and said they’ve enjoyed the fact it feels about two centimetres from falling apart,” says Tash. “With two instruments, you have to push yourself, physically, right to the edge to keep it interesting. But we enjoy that challenge.”

Alongside the new EP, the band have also announced a new run of headline tour dates to take place early next year, which will follow on the tail end of their 2023 festival run. Tickets will go on sale Thurs 28th Sept at 10am BST HERE.

Feb 2024

15th Birmingham - Hare and Hounds

16th - Newcastle - The Cluny

17th - Glasgow - Hug and Pint

19th - Dublin - Workmans Club

21st - Leeds - Hyde Park Book Club

22nd - Manchester - Yes Basement

26th - Southampton - Heartbreakers

27th - Brighton - DustMarch 2024

2nd - London - Omeara

“SLICE” EP is out 24th November via Speedy Wunderground – Pre-order digitally and on 12” vinyl HERE


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