Plenty of young bands rely on the use of video projection in their set to make their performance feel artsy and unique. Sadly, the simple act of rolling a moody, art-house film behind them onstage tends to feel either extremely emo or pitifully forced. But on a recent Monday night, MT. OSSA's commitment to elevate their visual performance actually left us feeling, well, pretty high.
In front of a full crowd at the Echo in LA, the South OC natives actually seemed to disappear in a flickering flurry of homespun images. Blizzards of sparkling silver shards on a white screen melted seamlessly into crashing, Technicolor waves and psychotropic cartoon footage from the '70s. Each frame is edited by the band and scored to fit their layers of woozy, surf-toned R&B and rippling pools of vocal delay. In short--these guys know what the hell they're doing.
"We've always been into a lot of colors and the brightness of everything," says drummer Tony Tancredi. "We want people to feel that when they see us. We want them to see the whole picture when we're playing live."More »