Shaun Robinson, left, and Rocky O'Reilly of Oppenheimer
..."We were playing a game called â€˜Who Am I?' and someone kept shouting â€˜Cate Blanchett' over and over," said Rocky O'Reilly, Oppenheimer's guitarist, keyboard player and vocalist, during a recent phone interview from a tour stop in Boston.
"It's about meeting a couple of strange people, and hanging out, really."
And as O'Reilly
and drummer/vocalist Shaun Robinson were being approached to play a one-off show at a tour stop in Boston.
"We just had some breakfast, and now we're gonna hang out and maybe start a metal band for one night only," said Oppenheimer guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist Rocky O'Reilly
during a recent phone interview from a tour stop in Boston.
"We're still coming to grips with the size of your country," O'Reilly
"Every day for three months straight, we came in at 10 in the morning, left at 10 at night; some nights we stayed all night," O'Reilly
said."We moved drums all around the building, into elevators, the bathroom, trying to think of the most stupid thing we could possibly do and then do it."
The sessions led to a much harder album than the group's debut, in part because of their relentless touring.Over the course of 300 shows between the release of the debut album and the start of recording sessions for the new one, the band developed a simple duo live setup, augmented by computers.
"When we started, we debated whether we wanted to be two guys with keyboards and a big rack of computers to make things sonically huge," O'Reilly
Robinson's influences lean toward jazz and experimental songwriters such as Brian Eno and Tom Waits, while O'Reilly
prefers indie and punk.
"It's a strange mixture; we come together and battle it out, and I really like that," O'Reilly
"For some shows, when we do hour-long sets, we'll bust out a couple of extra people, so instead of two idiots on the stage, we'll have four people," O'Reilly