by Tiana Feng
Ought @ The Drake Hotel 7/14/2014
It’s rare that I would go out on a Monday night to see a band, unless it’s something I am really excited about and Ought was just one of those bands.

Dub Thompson @ The Drake Hotel 7/14/2014

Dub Thompson was the opener that night. I was previously unacquainted with his music and my first impression was that he was trying to take on a Mac DeMarco demeanor with more punk influenced music. His set flew by rather quickly and the songs took on topics like dinosaurs and dogs. One of the song’s choruses was literally, “ride your horse motherfucker”. By far their best song was one they closed with that was more electronic influenced, and the band had a role shift where the drummer took on keyboard and secondary vocal roles.
Dub Thompson @ The Drake Hotel 7/14/2014 Dub Thompson @ The Drake Hotel 7/14/2014 Dub Thompson @ The Drake Hotel 7/14/2014

Ought @ The Drake Hotel 7/14/2014
Ought kicked off right away with the title track of their latest album More Than Any Other Day and continued to launch into songs from the album. Tim Beeler maintained a nonchalant attitude as he performed the spoken word parts in the songs. I was very impressed how well this worked in a live setting. He also had plenty of intense freak out sessions in both the guitar solo and the repeated “want it” of “Gemini”.  There was something natural and luring about the exhales in the chorus of “Habit”. I sort of wish they didn’t play the Drake because the audience always just stands there and I wanted to get rowdy. How could you not dance to “The Weather Song” live? Ought could possibly be one of the best new bands this year. The fact I ended up buying all their merch should prove how much I loved them.
Ought @ The Drake Hotel 7/14/2014 Ought @ The Drake Hotel 7/14/2014

 

They play The Silver Dollar next Friday, July 25th. You might see me there again.