Having headlined their launch night in October 2010, and now The Grand Social is delighted to be welcoming back the amazing O Emperor for what is sure to be an emotional night of music. The band have decided to call it a day and tonight’s show will be one of their final live performances. The Waterford 5 piece have released some of the finest music ever recorded on these shores and their presence on the circuit will be sorely missed. Special guests on this tumultuous night are the rather fine Junior Brother so get your ticket early for this one!
Having written, recorded and performed together for the best part of 15 years, O Emperor will release their third and final studio album Jason in November 2018.
Jason was conceived over the course of a handful of chaotic sessions at the band's Cork recording studio. During this period, the band were were straying from the idea of working on typical song structures and instead exploring the outtermost reaches of the collective process of improvisation (known colloquially as "jamming"). These lengthy jams were recorded live in the room with a minimum of equipment and technical fuss, with a view to capturing the sound of the spontaneous musical interactions through a fuzzy auditory lens. In terms of sound and vibe, the records of early 70s Africanpsychedelia were to be a mental benchmark for the band.
Ultimately, these jams were edited, spliced, re-purposed and flipped to create songs of sorts, and vocals were scribbled into the picture where necessary. The result is a dank, groove-centric record; a collage representative of the communal brain which is tapped into at the most transcendent, superterrestrial moments of discovery. The playing is pure and unguarded while the grooves are equal parts hazy and insistent. The album form itself is dealt with loosely, with the result being more of a stream-of-conciousness mixtape scenario. It could easily be imagined as a forgotten gem found deep in the vaults of the discerning crate digger - equally effective for a late night listen on headphones or a slow cruise through town on a hot, sticky day. In the name of Axel's roc, we give you Jason.