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"The fairy-tale of Oh Juliet!"

In just a year and a half, the Lafayette-based band Oh Juliet! has exploded on the scene with their dynamic progressive rock melodies and fairy-tale-inspired lyrics.

Oh Juliet! officially formed when members Cullen Bernard (vocals), Thomas Onebane (guitar), Josh Wells (bass), Joshua Hefner (drums) and Patrick Trumps (guitar) banded together to produce something completely different from the other projects with which they were involved at the time.

“We were all in other bands previously, and this band started as a side project,” Wells explained. “I moved to Lafayette from New Orleans after Katrina. After I joined, the other bands fell apart.”

One of the bands that ended due to the formation of Oh Juliet! was Down in the Park, which included Bernard and Trumps.

“Whenever we ended that band, people were angry, and we were like, ‘We’re tired of it and want to do something else,’” Bernard said. “I hooked up with Josh and Thomas. They needed a singer and I needed a band. We kind of used half of what they had and half of what I had and put a record together.”

Their first show was on Dec. 30, 2005, at The Renaissance Nightclub in Lafayette. Because they played off the success of Down in the Park, Oh Juliet! opened for the Baton-Rouge-based band Meriwether. The house was packed.

“Word spread like wildfire, and it was ridiculous how many people showed up,” Bernard recalled. “I think we sucked real bad for our first show, because all our gear was breaking.”

The crowd didn’t seem to notice or care, because the group has continued to pack-out shows. They have even picked up Bert Landry as management. Landry also manages Meriwether.

“Bert officially became our manager a month and a half ago,” Wells said. “I think with Bert at the helm, we’re pushing ourselves. This is what we want to do, and so we spend all our time working on this. No MySpace message goes unanswered.”

Management aside, the success of Oh Juliet! seems to be found in their original approach to song writing.

“You don’t have to be literal in the writing process,” Bernard said when explaining his lyrics. “I’ve been in other bands and have written about personal experiences, and that gets real old, real fast. I don’t ever want to write about that stuff again.”

Bernard now takes on more of a storyteller role with his lyrics. He finds inspiration through fairy tales and folklore told by his grandparents.

“My favorite song is ‘All the Churches in New Orleans,” he said. “That one is more, I guess you could say, along the lines of what the CD is all about.

“It’s a Cajun-French story about this ghost or apparition. The little creature can shape-shift and preys on young men. The lyrics to that song are about this little shape-shifting creature that turns into a female and preys on the lust of young men and distracts them from their goals. I could paint this perfect picture in my head from the story.”

And believe it or not, he can.

Along with working as a musician, Bernard is also an artist who works as a Flash designer for a tattoo shop in Lafayette.

You can see his work locally on the walls of Dean-O’s Pizza located in Baton Rouge at 4350 Highland Road.

His knack for visualization is what enables Bernard to write lyrics full of complicated imagery.

“I just write what I’m interested in,” he said. “I feel lucky that people appreciate them and like them and ask questions about them, and it’s cool and rewarding in that sense.

“They’re a little story I make in my own head, but if you can relate them to something in your own life, then that’s great.”

Oh Juliet! is working to release their debut five-track EP this summer, which they recently finished recording in South Carolina. The title of the EP is “A Southern Boy’s Guide to Raising the Dead,” which derives from lyrics off the track “All the Churches in New Orleans.”

You can get a taste of Oh Juliet! before the release of their EP this Friday, March 30, at The Varsity Theatre. They will open the show for Baton-Rouge-based bands 6 Pack Deep and Common Curtis.

Learn more about Oh Juliet on their MySpace page, www.myspace.com/ohjulietrocks.






- The Advocate (Baton Rouge)


"The fairy-tale of Oh Juliet!"

In just a year and a half, the Lafayette-based band Oh Juliet! has exploded on the scene with their dynamic progressive rock melodies and fairy-tale-inspired lyrics.

Oh Juliet! officially formed when members Cullen Bernard (vocals), Thomas Onebane (guitar), Josh Wells (bass), Joshua Hefner (drums) and Patrick Trumps (guitar) banded together to produce something completely different from the other projects with which they were involved at the time.

“We were all in other bands previously, and this band started as a side project,” Wells explained. “I moved to Lafayette from New Orleans after Katrina. After I joined, the other bands fell apart.”

One of the bands that ended due to the formation of Oh Juliet! was Down in the Park, which included Bernard and Trumps.

“Whenever we ended that band, people were angry, and we were like, ‘We’re tired of it and want to do something else,’” Bernard said. “I hooked up with Josh and Thomas. They needed a singer and I needed a band. We kind of used half of what they had and half of what I had and put a record together.”

Their first show was on Dec. 30, 2005, at The Renaissance Nightclub in Lafayette. Because they played off the success of Down in the Park, Oh Juliet! opened for the Baton-Rouge-based band Meriwether. The house was packed.

“Word spread like wildfire, and it was ridiculous how many people showed up,” Bernard recalled. “I think we sucked real bad for our first show, because all our gear was breaking.”

The crowd didn’t seem to notice or care, because the group has continued to pack-out shows. They have even picked up Bert Landry as management. Landry also manages Meriwether.

“Bert officially became our manager a month and a half ago,” Wells said. “I think with Bert at the helm, we’re pushing ourselves. This is what we want to do, and so we spend all our time working on this. No MySpace message goes unanswered.”

Management aside, the success of Oh Juliet! seems to be found in their original approach to song writing.

“You don’t have to be literal in the writing process,” Bernard said when explaining his lyrics. “I’ve been in other bands and have written about personal experiences, and that gets real old, real fast. I don’t ever want to write about that stuff again.”

Bernard now takes on more of a storyteller role with his lyrics. He finds inspiration through fairy tales and folklore told by his grandparents.

“My favorite song is ‘All the Churches in New Orleans,” he said. “That one is more, I guess you could say, along the lines of what the CD is all about.

“It’s a Cajun-French story about this ghost or apparition. The little creature can shape-shift and preys on young men. The lyrics to that song are about this little shape-shifting creature that turns into a female and preys on the lust of young men and distracts them from their goals. I could paint this perfect picture in my head from the story.”

And believe it or not, he can.

Along with working as a musician, Bernard is also an artist who works as a Flash designer for a tattoo shop in Lafayette.

You can see his work locally on the walls of Dean-O’s Pizza located in Baton Rouge at 4350 Highland Road.

His knack for visualization is what enables Bernard to write lyrics full of complicated imagery.

“I just write what I’m interested in,” he said. “I feel lucky that people appreciate them and like them and ask questions about them, and it’s cool and rewarding in that sense.

“They’re a little story I make in my own head, but if you can relate them to something in your own life, then that’s great.”

Oh Juliet! is working to release their debut five-track EP this summer, which they recently finished recording in South Carolina. The title of the EP is “A Southern Boy’s Guide to Raising the Dead,” which derives from lyrics off the track “All the Churches in New Orleans.”

You can get a taste of Oh Juliet! before the release of their EP this Friday, March 30, at The Varsity Theatre. They will open the show for Baton-Rouge-based bands 6 Pack Deep and Common Curtis.

Learn more about Oh Juliet on their MySpace page, www.myspace.com/ohjulietrocks.






- The Advocate (Baton Rouge)


Discography

-Hunting the Canyons Below our House (5 song EP, release in May '07)

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Oh, Juliet! Oh, thank God something survived Hurricane Katrina. Brought together by the New Orleans' disaster, the Lafayette based band, Oh Juliet! is experimenting with everyone's auditory senses. The five-piece collaboration has scattered influences that are tastefully apparent without being obvious and touch on everything from Police styled guitar lines to vocals that pay homage to Trent Reznor and Anthony Green. Radiohead and Muse are also huge influences for the band across the board. The band formed with the intentions of creating something different then the mainstream, while still still writing tangible music. With their unique sound and intense live performance, Oh, Juliet! is quickly making a name for themselves throughout the southern region, and they dont intend to stop there. A nationwide tour is in the works for the summer, and the guys are currently working on their debut EP with producer Eric Bass. The 5 sonh EP is scheduled for release in early March.