Q&A: Brad Oberhofer Talks Tacoma, Snoop, and Steve Lillywhite"/>
Oberhoffer plays Seattle's Sunset Tavern on April 5, Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret on April 6, Bellingham's Jinx Art Space on April 7, and Tacoma's Squeak &
By Keegan Prosser
Oberhoffer plays Seattle's Sunset Tavern on April 5, Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret on April 6, Bellingham's Jinx Art Space on April 7, and Tacoma's Squeak & Squawk Festival on April 8.
The buzz surrounding Brooklyn-based group Oberhofer is hard to ignore: in addition to playing Letterman last month, the four-piece just released their debut LP, Time Capsules II, and are rolling through Washington for a run of shows - before hitting up Coachella in April. So what's the deal with this noisy, fuzz-pop act on the rise? We recently caught up with singer/guitarist (and Tacoma native) Brad Oberhofer to talk music, our beloved Mariners and West Coast hip hop.
SW: Your debut album, Time Capsules II, was released March 27 on Glassnote Records, but until this point you've really been a DIY artist. What was it like recording with producer Steve Lillywhite?
Oberhofer: It was really fun. It was basically the same thing I always do, except with someone there to tell me when something wasn't good enough.
Oberhofer is known for a very gritty, almost retro sound. Do you feel that sound translates well on the new album?
I mean to be honest, I don't really know what that sound is.
You're scheduled to play a series of shows in Washington. Are these shows more significant because they're in your home state?
Yeah, of course. I'm just excited to be home. And I'm most excited to play in Tacoma. And also, people in the Northwest are different. The attitude is a little bit different overall. Not to generalize completely, I mean, of course everyone is different. And you can't generalize stuff. But in general (laughs), I really connect with people from the Northwest more easily. I don't know what it is, but I find that there is some sort of attitude.
What can fans expect when they come to an Oberhofer show?
You know, the only thing that everyone can expect is just a hug, really. Other than that, I don't even know what will happen, because I can't really predict it.
Next month you are headed to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA. Is there any act in particular that you are looking forward to seeing at the festival?
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. It's gonna be awesome.