Otherwise Magnificent

Otherwise Magnificent

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With a sound ready for radio and a look ready for TV, Otherwise Magnificent combines prolific song writing with pop hooks, exceptional musicianship, and live performances that remind you why rock was invented.

Biography

Otherwise Magnificent’s alterna-pop sound is a blend of rock, pop and alternative bands like Garbage, The Who, Patti Smith, Fleetwood Mac and Belly. Combining talent, style, sound, and a live show that reminds you why rock was invented, they are a band sure to keep an eye on.

A chance meeting backstage as teens at a talent show led to the eventual collaboration of Hamilton & Jonathan Batailles. Hamilton’s fiery demeanor that night immediately collided with Batailles’ more laid back attitude, but after that thorny introduction, they quickly realized they gave balance to each other. After years of playing in various bands together and apart, they launched Otherwise Magnificent.

In 2005 they wrote, sang and self-produced their first album, ‘Nuit Louche’. Recorded with only guitar, bass, a laptop and a keyboard, the album would be a blueprint for where the duo would be looking to go in their songwriting.

After the album’s completion, they set out to begin performing live shows. Having known him from a previous band, Hamilton called in the incredibly talented Dave DiMarco to play drums. Then in early 2007, Batailles returned the favor by discovering young Christy to step in and sing lead for the band.

Hamilton plays rhythmic scales and melodic lines on the bass. Jonathan Batailles’ guitar is driving and at times jangly, creating a perfect harmony. Add Dave’s intricate yet hard-hitting drum style coupled with Christy’s enthusiastic and soaring vocals and what you have is a band entirely original yet fully accessible. Otherwise Magnificent’s live show has the energy of punk, the hooks of pop and the chops of classic rock without being tied to any one era or genre.

Now, finally fully whole, the band has set out and begun performing in front of everyone they can. They have played at such venues as Crash Mansion, Southpaw, The Continental, The Mean Fiddler, Connolly’s, The Nutty Irishman, McCoy’s, Traxx, The Pussycat Lounge, and Village Pub South. They have played at colleges such as SUNY Stony Brook and St. John’s.

Recently they have played the Long Island Unsigned & Unsung Bands Festival at the Pantheon in Port Jeff, NY as well as at The Crazy Donkey at Unsigned Bands Festival II promoted by Clubloaded.com & 3MB Studios. As a result of their performance at Crazy Donkey, the band received a FREE Video Shoot!

In an era where the singer/songwriter reigns supreme and there are no new huge rock bands rising up, OM strives to fill that void and only their imagination will be their limit.

Lyrics

I Don't Like You When You're Happy

Written By: Hamilton/Batailles

This pain inside my head
Is like yours I just said
This pain inside my mouth
Is worse I just found out
This pain inside my chest
Is gone for all the rest
This pain inside my house
has locked you inside out
I don’t like you
When you’re happy
I don’t like you
When you’re without me
That pain inside your mouth
Is fate turning you down
That pain inside your chest
Is dead for all the rest
That pain inside your house
Has kicked you inside out
That pain inside your head
Is like mine I just said
I don’t like you
When you’re happy
I don’t like you
When you’re without me (x2)

I don’t like you
When you’re happy
I don’t like you
When you’re without me (x2)

Driving To You

Written By: Hamilton/Batailles

on my way out of town
i left you sitting on your own
and somewhere down the line
i gave you all of my hope
through the phone we talk it out
but you don’t know what it’s all about
you say why, i don’t know
and that’s as far as you and i can go
why’s it so easy
when it doesn’t count
on my way back to you
i thought of all the things i wish you knew
but somewhere between the car
and the house i lost them all
through the door we’re face to face
but my emotion now feels out of place
you wave hi, i say hello
and that’s as far as you and i can go
i’m always much clearer in my car
words flow so easily straight from my heart
why’s it so easy
when it doesn’t count
when i need it most
my confidence gives out
i’m always much clearer in my car
words flow so easily straight from my heart

Time

Written By: Hamilton/Batailles

It’s ok, I’ve shut it down today
You’ll be fine, I’ve run so you can stay
You might be here, I left the state today
But I’ll be near, just so you can say
Don’t you wanna hear those words
Don’t you wanna take back your words
Don’t you wanna hear those words
Don’t you wann take back your time
It’s ok, your broken feet will bleed
It’s alright, you don’t have to walk with me
It shows now, that everything goes down
Like a washed up wave, like your washed up ways
Don’t you wanna hear those words
Don’t you wanna take back your words
Don’t you wanna hear those words
Don’t you wann take back your time
Your Time
I’ll take a piece with me
So I can remember your face
I’ll leave a piece with you
So you can forget my name
Don’t you wanna hear those words
Don’t you wanna take back your words
Don’t you wanna hear those words
Don’t you wann take back your time
Your Time

Discography

"Nuit Louche" available on iTunes.
"Cloud 9 Sessions" 4 song demo

Set List

Typical set is 30-45 minutes, with enough original material to vary set lists and times as needed. We do not play any covers but have used The Beatles "Money" as a soundcheck. The following is a typical set:

Driving To You
Right Here Waiting
So Soft
Pink
Our Wasted Time
Girl In London
I Don't Like You When You're Happy
Time
My Buddha
Flying Past
Fearless