“I tried to write hopeful representations of life stories,” explains O’Brother frontman and guitarist Tanner Merritt of Endless Light, the Atlanta-based experimental rock band’s third album for Triple Crown Records. “I think our last record was the angry, we’re-going-to-do-what-we-want record. That’s where we were: super dark and not for everyone. Endless Light all-around reflects us as people in our time of like we’re in. The record is more levelheaded. It draws from more planes of emotional existence.”
That emotional heft is what O’Brother have built their career on. Since forming in 2008, the band—Merritt, guitarists Johnny Dang and Jordan McGhin, bassist Anton Dang and drummer Michael Martens—have consistently pushed musical boundaries, building a blend of post-rock, grunge, alternative rock, and metal into a swirling blend of sonic destruction on a pair of full-length albums (2011’s Garden Window and 2013’s Disillusion) as well as a raved-about live show, seen on tour with the likes of Brand New, Thrice, Chevelle and Manchester Orchestra.