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Ophir Drive

Columbus, Georgia, United States | INDIE

Columbus, Georgia, United States | INDIE
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"Hit the town on Christmas"


The Christmas excitement has subsided, leaving you bloated and sitting in pile of torn wrapping paper.Translation: It’s time to detox from family time by hitting the bar scene.A handful of local venues will open their doors to partiers on Christmas night.

Among those hot spots: The Oasis, which will host a performance by the local rockers from Ophir Drive.“It’s going to be a lot of straight up rock and roll,” said frontwoman Sarah Hockridge.Members of Ophir Drive finalized the band’s lineup in September. The band, which started as a duo, now includes four members.They cite influences ranging from Portishead to Shakira.“We’re new to Columbus, but we’re not new to the music scene,” Hockridge said.Even as a relatively new local name, the band secured a series of recent gigs at downtown Columbus hot spots, as well as venues like Ben’s Chophouse.They’re available to play dates in 2010.Hockridge said that the musicians in Ophir Drive have learned a lot about the local music scene since the band’s formation.She’s encouraged by the way Columbus-area partiers embrace new music.“It’s a great attitude that people are bringing out now,” Hockridge said - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer


Discography

2010 - Before I Burn

2007 - Harmonic Half Life (iTunes, radio airplay)

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Six drummers, four bassists, two tour vans, and one album later, Ophir Drive is re-establishing itself as Columbus GA's top soulful rock band. 2010 saw the successful release of a new album, weekend tours once a month, and over 100 live performances around the southeast. This year they look forward to new members, new recordings, and playing new music at new venues.

After an official debut of the new lineup to a packed house in January 2011, Ophir Drive is back in the groove with a darker yet more melodic sound. Vocalist/guitarist Sarah J who “screams like Janis Joplin” (The Chatty Hoochee Mama, May 2010) and “lightning fast lead guitarist” (Doug Cox, June 2010) Jon mesh like fire and ice, bringing passion and vigor to the front of the stage. Drummer and multi-instrumentalist John Phillips not only keeps time but adds his unending energy to everything that passes through his hands. Bassist Austin Davis brings his uniquely melodic style to the low end, adding counterpoint and creativity to the soulful rock.

Jon Edwards and Sarah J joined forces in early 2009 with a shared passion for loud rock, expensive guitars, and smooth alcohol. Their demanding gig schedule was interrupted solely to record an album in January 2010, and they were back on stage almost immediately. Constantly gigging can take its toll on anyone, and the duo spent most of 2010 with a rotating rhythm section depending on who was available. As luck would have it, two of the area's most talented rhythm players were looking for a full-time band by November, and Ophir Drive was ready for them. Austin Davis and John Phillips brought the low end and high energy back to the band. The quartet is headed back into the studio in March to record all-new original material and possibly some crowd-favorite covers. They are also currently booking for spring and beyond.

Some notable shows and appearances include:
The Rock Shop, Fayetteville, NC 2010
Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte NC 2010
Billboard Magazine Headquarters, NYC 2009
BB King's Blues Club and Grille, NYC 2007
Opening for Amanda Lepre, Hyannis, MA 2007
CBGBs NYC monthly gigs fall 2006
Kenny's Castaways NYC 2006
The Knitting Factory NYC 2006
Multiple dates from 2005-2007with Natalie Gelman in NYC
Opening for the Bouncing Souls, Purchase, NY 2005
Opening for Coheed & Cambria, Purchase, NY 2004