10th May | O2 Academy
At times, it can be hard to see past a name as absurd as Better Oblivion Community Center. A hectic jumbling of four random words. Yet, band names that at first seem somewhat ridiculous, always tend to find a way of making up for it. Cult folk-rock heroes, Neutral Milk Hotel, produced one of the best albums of all time with In the Aeroplane Over The Sea, while Car Seat Headrest are one of the world’s best rock acts on the current live circuit. Likewise, Better Oblivion Community Center certainly find their own way of making up for it.
Formed just last year, Better Oblivion Community Center is the work of two indie-rock geniuses. The raw and weather-beaten Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes) combines with the tenderly frank and contemplative Phoebe Bridgers. As a duo, the pair embrace their inner melancholy with a set of emotionally sensitive and lacerating lyrics, gently whispered over a soundtrack of folk-rock flourishes, disorientating synths and crackling feedback.
Musical collaborations don’t come much better than this. The duo, released their self-titled debut album earlier this year to immense critical acclaim and will be airing their original songs for the first time on British soil at Bristol’s O2 Academy. A unique treat that can’t be missed.
See the video for ‘Dylan Thomas’ here: