O Emperor – ‘Switchblade’
O’Emperor performing ‘Switchblade’ live for Press Record in Asylum Studios.
O Emperor are a five piece rock band from Waterford, Ireland. All members met in secondary school in Waterford and for these years went under a number of guises, performing covers in pubs and clubs throughout Waterford city. The five went to college in Cork and during this period, evolved into an original outfit now called O Emperor in 2009.
Debut album: Hither Thither
Hither Thither was record after the individual members left college in 2009. The group located to a country house in Kinsale, Co. Cork and over the course of 9 months, self recorded and produced their debut album. The record was released through Universal Records Ireland in October 2010 and went on to the nominated for a Choice Music Prize (Irish Album of the Year 2010)
The group spent most of 2012 recording material for their second album Vitreous, which was released on June 14th 2013. Two tracks from this session Electric Tongues/Erman Gou were issued as a standalone double A-side single in November 2012.
Vitreous was self-recorded and produced in the band’s very own studio (Big Skin HQ) in Cork city. Big Skin was (literally) built from the ground up and everything from label administration to recording happens inside its grubby, fire-stained walls. The resulting recordings are a direct representation of this operation, being the band’s most potent and distinct work to date; a stamp moulded from their many meandering sessions there.
While debut Hither Thither could be described as a lush tapestry displaying a classical use of depth and shading, Vitreous presents the listener with a starker, polychrome and pixelated picture. Heavily distorted drums take their place alongside syrupy analogue synths and disgusting fuzz guitars sounding like bees buzzing inside tin cans. Beautiful landscapes are destroyed with disparate, abrasive sounds in perverse displays of artistic self-destruction.
Robin Ball ‘Mixermanhattan’ – Producer/Engineer & Editor
Stephen Caffrey – Assistant Engineer/Guitar Tech
Bob Gallagher – Director/Camera
John Barker – Executive Producer
Harry Kelly – Camera Operator
Ellius Grace – Photos & Camera Operator