"You all still with us?" Jesse Tabish asked in the middle of Other Lives' set at Webster Hall in New York on Wednesday night (Oct. 12). The audience, which was also there to see headliners Mates of State, responded to the frontman's question with spirited cheers, and the five-piece delved into more material from its haunting new album, "Tamer Animals."
Sitting in the dimly lit Webster Hall balcony two hours before taking the stage, the members of Other Lives -- Tabish, bassist/organist Josh Onstott, cellist/pianist Jenny Hsu, drummer Colby Owens and guitarist/violinist Jonathon Mooney -- said that such crowd enthusiasm didn't used to be the norm; in fact, the band was occasionally heckled while touring behind their self-titled debut. Fortunately, the group developed their sound while touring with artists like Bat For Lashes and Delta Spirit in 2009 before recording their sophomore album and releasing it last April.
"We toured a while on the last record, and it got a little bit of legs," says Onstott, "but I think we kind of wanted to move on too, and this one's taken off like we wanted it to."
Since then, Other Lives has landed an envious gig supporting Bon Iver on their West Coast run earlier this year, and just wrapped their trek with Mates of State on Wednesday. Next up for the group: a European tour that kicks off on Saturday (Oct. 15) in Iceland, followed by a headlining tour in the U.S. in early 2012.
"It'll be the first time the band's headlined," says manager Phil Costello. "We're just gonna play small rooms, and hopefully people will be outside that can't get in that want to get in, and we'll just build them up as a headliner."