Saturday, November 3, 2012

Of The Tower

Country of origin: United States
Year of creation: 2009
City/ Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Official site:
Members: David Goad - vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards/
Nathan Steinman - clarinet and bass clarinet, guitar, bass/
Todd Plunkett- drums, sheet metal, percussion
Side projects: David Goad, Kite Flying Robot
Official contact mail: [email protected]

Official Biography:
Crowds swelled at the OKC Farmers Public Market, waiting to enter the 2010 Carnality Ball when a handful of Bible-thumping protesters with bullhorns set up shop across the street. Hellfire-and-brimstone Scripture was volleyed at scantily clad women and drag queens, but members of the avant-garde band Of the Tower stormed out in costume, banging drums and shouting back with a bullhorn they’d borrowed. After an hour of having their evangelizing answered with improvised poetry and music, the protest ended, leaving the revelers to their “sin.” In the year and a half since, Of the Tower has explored evocative and shocking performance art to enhance its music’s impact. “I want the catharsis of the music represented by the expression and the choreography,” said Goad of his fourth-wall-breaking plans. “It’s right there in front of you rather than just a band onstage. There’s a mixture of fear and anticipation that I’d like to instill in the audience.” He admitted a danger of alienating audience members, but felt it was time to distinguish Of the Tower as not just another dark-wave act.  “We’ve even talked about doing things that are more happenings,” Plunkett said, mentioning a junkyard show that might include “blowing up a car or something. Things like that are never going to get you on MTV, and if we play for 50 people, we might have 48 scratching their heads. But then there are those two people coming out of the audience to tell us they were waiting for this forever.” “It came out of thin air so quickly because we had a natural tendency to do those things, to pull public pranks,” said drummer Todd Plunkett. “That was the point that solidified what we wanted Of the Tower to become: a kind of spontaneous, improvisational, performance-artist band. That was more fulfilling for us than the show we did.” - Charles Martin (paraphrased)

Official Discography:
Opus No.1: Samizdat

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