Folk duo sound out way for­ward

Old Bo­hemia re­lease

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A Ruther­glen folk band are all set to re­lease their new EP.

Old Bo­hemia fea­ture gui­tarist Otis Eben­hardt, who is from Castlemilk Road, and singer Marie Le­veau, from East Kil­bride.

Last year the duo re­leased de­but EP Epoch, and now this Thurs­day, June 30 will see the re­lease of an­other EP, As­tral Gi­ants.

Otis said: “We had spent six months play­ing live shows be­fore Epoch and felt it would be right to cap­ture that in the record­ings.

“We wanted to get the in­ten­sity and raw­ness of that live sound so we ba­si­cally hit the switch and recorded it in a cou­ple of takes but with As­tral Gi­ants we took some time out from per­form­ing live, which gave us space to con­sider each part care­fully.

“It is a more com­plete sound with a full band and string ac­com­pa­ni­ment which, while it is a de­par­ture from our pre­vi­ous EP, feels closer to our sound.”

Al­though there is a full band sound to the EP, Otis took on a per­sonal chal­lenge too. He de­cided he wanted to play all the in­stru­ments on the record­ing, which turned out to be a hefty task.

Otis added: “With this EP we wanted to ex­pand our sound and bring to life the idea of Old Bo­hemia away from one acous­tic gui­tar and vo­cals.

“I re­ally wanted to take this op­por­tu­nity to test my­self as a mu­si­cian and I de­cided early on in the process that I wanted to write and per­form ev­ery in­stru­ment.

“It turned out to be mam­moth task, how­ever, em­brac­ing that chal­lenge has re­ally re-en­forced my be­lief in what we are try­ing to do and why we do it so it was one that has ul­ti­mately been re­ally re­ward­ing.”

Also re­ward­ing for the duo has been the chance to tour and play a host of fes­ti­vals in the past 12 months.

“We were in­vited down to head­line a show at the Great Es­cape festival in Brighton and the show sold out, which was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, al­though it in­volved us hav­ing nowhere to stay and play­ing on the pier through the night un­til a kind pair of souls gave us beds in the wee hours.

“We also closed the acous­tic stage at the Wick­er­man festival, head­lined the For­est stage at the Mead­ows festival in Ed­in­burgh and had an amaz­ing mid­night show at the Eden festival.”

Now the band are gear­ing up for the rest of the year, with a run of shows planned to sup­port the EP, and an­other EP and tour planned for the winter.

More in­for­ma­tion can be found at old­bo­hemia.com and face­book.com/ old­bo­hemia

I wanted to take this op­prtu­nity to test my­self as a mu­si­cian Otis Eben­hardt

On song Old Bo­hemia are re­leas­ing a new EP

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