Oklahoma indie rockers Other Lives formed in 2004 as Kunek, releasing one album under that name before their switch. The five members have gained a significant cult following in the years since, and their latest, 2011’s Tamer Animals, has only helped their cause. Their meticulous arrangements border on the cinematic, as ringleader Jesse Tabish guides the group through Americana-styled tracks that have been compared to a blend of Fleet Foxes’ pastoral vocal harmonies, Kurt Vile’s exuberant intoxication and Radiohead’s orchestral experimentation. Strings swell while voices rise and fall, and before you know it you’re singing along.
Although Other Lives were the first non-Icelandic band to perform at the KEX Hostel in Reykjavik during KEXP’s first international broadcast as part of the 2011 Iceland Airwaves festival, they seemed an easy fit among the local bands because of their sound. Check out the photos here: