OMB and the Furious Tree

OMB and the Furious Tree

 Dublin, Leinster, IRL
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'Instantly catchy 3-minute rockin' melodies, delivered with balls and swagger and drenched in retro psychedelia!!!

Biography

OMB and the Furious Tree, in its current incarnation only formed in late 2005, born out of frustration, following a long year of ever-changing line-ups and "bust-ups"! So the Story goes............................................!!

Keith 'Bat' Barrett and Johnner Ennis gigged 'round Dublin with 'The Ravines' throughout 2004, playing various watering-holes; TBMC, Slattery's, Dorans and Radiator Gigs !! Meanwhile 'The Ripleys', were playing; Isaac Butts, Whelans, The Music Room, and d odd support gig in Doran's on the Garageland circuit however they never crossed paths.
Following some personal and directional differences, The Ripleys disbanded and vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Jay Ritchie had a brief spell in The Ravines, whom he met through a mutual acquaintence, filling in on guitar duties! During this short time and in the following months he would become good friends with Keith and John, while forming a new band, 'Harvest'...............................................Over the next six months The Ravines, who moved into their rehearsal studio in Ashtown, the same room that was once home to The Ripleys, began honing their sound, already sowing the seeds of what would become 'OMB and the Furious Tree'!! However, it would be a time of alcohol and drug fuelled brawls and surprise exits, ultimately leading to the end!! But the rhythm section endured, and over the next month or so the drummer Keith Barrett and bassist John Ennis would continue to jam together, sometimes alongside Ravines lead guitarist Mark Leddy......................................................Almost simultaneously, on the southside of town, Harvest who had been jamming for some months following almost frequent personnel changes and who had been touting their demo-single, 'Walter Jones' around to various managers and labels where threading the same perilous path!! In-fighting and commitment issues lead to the shock exit of their rhythm section, leaving Jay Ritchie and long-time friend and Harvest lead guitarist Peter Darcy to pick up the pieces. Harvest would play only one gig!.......................................................................After several sorrow-drowning sessions on the town, Ritchie and Barrett would plot the next logical move for both parties,....to form a musicical alliance, one that was always going to be difficult, given that both bands had established their own repertoire of songs. Although both parties had very similar influences, the sound was somewhat different and the band's overall set was being pulled in too many directions, resulting in endless nights of frustration. Mark Leddy would leave the band in October and shortly after, all parties involved would make the conciencous decision to bring proceedings to a close. Barrett and Ennis would remain jamming together, only to tighten-up on their playing, while Ritchie and Darcy would part ways and pursue solo projects..................................................................Then in November, following a chance meeting with Tom-Morrison Bell, a london-based Organ/Keys player currently settled in Dublin and studying at Trinity College and who had briefly jammed with an early version of 'Harvest', the OMB spark was re-ignited!! Ritchie and Morrison-Bell would join Barrett and Ennis in Ashtown and form "OMB and the Furious Tree", Obscure Musical Bedlam would ensue! The addition of Morrison-Bell and later Eoghan McKee on lead guitar would add a re-newed vigour to the songs and ultimately to the sound! The five-piece began stripping down each track and re-building them in a punchier grittier fashion as well as forging new OMB tracks through jamming ......................................................OMB and the Furious Tree are currently busy rehearsing their live set in Ashtown for up-coming gigs in Dublin, Derry, London and Liverpool over the next few months. There are a lot of bands on the scene at the moment with a good sound and virtuoso musicians, but I think they are all lacking some good old-fashioned melodic tunes!We're here to bring some good fuckin sing-a-long anthems to the stage, that people can play along to, along with a rockin' stage presence! We're not into 10-minute self-indulgent guitar solos!! Describe OMB's sound? "Catchy instantaneous melodies wrapped-up in a raw-riotous energy of beefy rhythms, punchy guitars and bright splicing organs, steeped in a rich undercurrant of retro-psychedelia,........ I was a chef in a past life". Ritchie.

Discography

We are currently rehearsing for an unplugged live set on 101.6 Near FM over the next week or two. The station will also be playing four or five of our demos on air! We are also hoping to release our first single 'Sell your Soul to the City' in the coming months in various stores across Ireland and are currently seeking an Indie label to promote the song along with two B-sides!!

Set List

We have only been playing 30-40min sets so far but are constantly writing and adding to the set. The current set consists of:
1. Sell your Soul to the City
2. Ryu vs Ken
3. Abba's Hoover
4. In My Command
5. I Want You
6. Walter Jones
7. Curse of OMB
8. My Friend Charlie
9. Let the Devil Inside
10. You've Only Got Yourself to Please