OTiS Album Coming Next Week
The brainchild of singer, songwriter and guitarist Craig Schoenbaum, OTiS has been a project in the making as far back as 2000, but the line up fans can expect to see live and hear on this album wasn't solidified until the summer of 2009.
In addition to Craig, the band is composed of percussionist Theo Moore (also of NYC funk band, Urban Sun), drummer Dominick Magnotta, keyboardist Justin Etheredge, and bassist Dave Lowenthal. The band's influences range from legends such as Ray Charles, Otis Redding and The Meters, to The Police, The Black Crowes and Sublime. Hip Hop has even played a role in shaping OTiS' sound, taking cues from groups like A Tribe Called Quest and The Pharcyde.
Recorded, engineered, produced and mixed by the band members themselves, this diverse debut album touches on bluesy rock in "All Over Again" and "American Dream," but also delivers rhythm driven reggae in "Trying to Believe," "Tin Can" and "Reconstruction." Funk and jam fans will immediately fall into "Andelusia," "Situation Song" and "The Way It Goes." The band breaks out of the box even more on the Americana tinged "Die Easy" featuring Joe Trombino, singer of Urban Sun.
Click here to read today's full Day in Pop report