1. avatar Rocky
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    Sign up [url=http://www.oppenheimermusic.co.uk/]here[/url] for free downloads from Oppenheimer
    every week for the next couple of months.

    We've been busy recording a new album in the last couple of months, which will be getting finished up at the start of next year.
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  2. avatar MULLAN Extraordinaire
    Nice one on the Bell X1 support. That'll be a couple of nice shows. Pity yous aren't playing Galway on this leg. Next time.
  3. avatar Rocky
    The Bell X1 dates have been good so far, last night in Killarney was by far the best one yet.

    There's also been a FREE Derry gig added to the list on Dec 18th.

    We also picked the opening band for the all ages gig.

    It's [url=http://www.myspace.com/thewondervillains]The Wonder Villains[/url] from Derry.
    I'm really excited about hearing them play live.
  4. avatar Rocky
    Dec 12th 2009. 

    On December 19th at 11pm, Rocky and Shaun plan to take to the stage together as Oppenheimer for the last time. 

    There will be a farewell EP, a digital release at the start of 2010. A snapshot of where we had arrived at this point, as we have recently been working on new material. 

    Further ideas that have been worked on will accompany Rocky on his journey to a new band, which in some ways has already started, as the songs and plot lines are already underway, as anyone who has witnessed Oppenheimer recently can no doubt testify. 

    The reasons for this announcement are multiple yet highly intertwined. Ultimately, to be in any band you allow the band to consume you, becoming every particle of your existence, every aspect of your being, every thought that wakes you up early and every task that keeps you up late at night. 

    The reward for such dedication and commitment, not to mention the hardship that goes hand in hand with making music for a living is the unrivalled joy and honour that fills your mind, body and soul by getting to do all the things that you can.  

    The moment this joy falters, rocks or is jolted out of existence, the struggle is of no consequence or purpose. 

    After five years together, recording and releasing two albums, playing hundreds of shows and touring with some of the greatest bands in the world, the level of commitment, passion and drive that one of us can give to the band has changed. 

    It's an understandable occurrence and one that we're both delighted to address at this time. 

    Shaun has realized that in order to fulfill his hopes and dreams he needs to take a new and different path in his life. 

    Rocky's ideas, dreams and notions for writing, recording and touring are more alive and vibrant than ever.

    Due to these changing circumstances, we have decided to part ways.

    We have no idea if we will ever work together again, recording movie soundtracks, making ambient albums or even making indie pop songs. Who knows what tomorrow holds? 

    For now, Oppenheimer have no plans to write, record or play together again after December 19th 2009. 

    Our thanks and respect for every single person in the world who has done anything to help us is overwhelming, it always has been, it always will be. 

    Rocky O'Reilly & Shaun Robinson
  5. avatar xfirefishx
    It's not a huge surprise but it's very sad to hear it. Good luck in whatever you guys get up to separately in the future.
  6. avatar savoy truffle
    Best of luck guys. We played some fantastic shows together. I look forward to hearing what the future holds for both of you.

    Dominic
  7. avatar tinpot anto
    I heard it was because Rocky is joining the Dolphin Suicide Bombers on Theremin

    Sorry to hear that though, it'll be good to hear where things go now
  8. avatar thesacredhearts
    Thats a damn shame. Great records, great live performances. Good luck with the new projects!
  9. avatar rentaghost
    Sorry to hear this guys. I wish you both the best of luck for whatever the future holds
  10. avatar Niall Harden
    Nightmare!
  11. avatar JTM
    Best of luck to both of you, you're both awesome people and I look forward to the next chapter.
  12. avatar fatterkin
    All the best, first saw you guys at Glasgowbury a few years back and was very impressed, good luck in the future!
  13. avatar Desus
    Great band, great people. It's a real shame.

    Seen them so many times and they've brought me great memories. I'll be trying my hardest to be there for the last time.
  14. avatar mcveighp
    Well done for all you accomplished together, its a hell of a lot more than most and something i'm sure you'll both be proud of. When I ever talked to anyone about great NI bands it always started with you guys!

    Looking forward to hearing what you both have lined up in future!
  15. avatar Crackity_jones
    Really sorry to hear this guys. You're the band that got me interested in new Northern Irish music. So for that - as well as any number of great gigs, the albums and the couple of times I met you - I am very grateful.
  16. avatar Recycled Alien
    It is a pity. Oppenheimer were our only band yet to make it big that I thought had a genuine chance of global stardom.
  17. avatar Crackity_jones
    Really sorry to hear this guys. You're the band that got me interested in new Northern Irish music. So for that - as well as any number of great gigs, the albums and the couple of times I met you and you were cool dudes - I am very grateful.
  18. avatar Joeplaysthedrums
    That's a real shame. They were the first band to play at the first gig i ever booked. Their first song was 'My son the astronaut' which is still one of my favourite tunes ever. I don't think anyone can deny they really showed alot of other bands it was possible to make it much further afield than belfast + northern ireland too.

    Anyway, i'm looking forward to rockys massive future as a rapper. Anyone who heard oppenheimers newest stuff will know what i mean. Class.
  19. avatar alrightthecaptain
    bad times :-(

    best of luck with your future projects x
  20. avatar chuckbilliards
    Rocky, you're still going to be ridiculously successful :D

    Best of luck, Chuck.
  21. avatar TalkShowMan
    Awful awful news, really sorry to hear it, but I hope this move brings you both what you desire out of life, and frankly well done for having the balls to admit to yourselves that you wanted something different.

    I have no doubt this move will bring you both happiness in the long run. Well done on everything you've achieved together, and good luck with the next chapter of your lives.
  22. avatar MULLAN Extraordinaire
    Is it coz I asked yous to play Galway?
  23. avatar Reckoner
    Thou shalt be missed. I look forward to the EP and hope I can make it to the last show.

    [quote:7f700e04e2="Crackity_jones"]You're the band that got me interested in new Northern Irish music.[/quote:7f700e04e2]
    What he said.
  24. avatar BinaryOperator
    This makes me sad.

    I hope you both continue to create, you're rather good at that oul game.

    Won't be able to make the last gig eiher. Arse.

    Best of luck to you both.
  25. avatar dolphin bombers
    [quote:31ad6a771a="tinpot anto"]I heard it was because Rocky is joining the Dolphin Suicide Bombers on Theremin

    Sorry to hear that though, it'll be good to hear where things go now[/quote:31ad6a771a] we did ask him he declined..gutted
  26. avatar dolphin bombers
    anto ..start a rocky for the dolphin bombers campaign:D ...
  27. avatar Outta' Time Promotions
    What a shame! You guys are fantastic and I never even got to see yous live! :( I'm so glad your gonna continue Rocky...I can't wait to witness the next chapter.
    all the best

    Chris
  28. avatar Ashfall
    Sad to hear that guys, I remember seeing you many moons ago at the Island Centre in Lisburn, great stuff.

    All the best with any future projects.
  29. avatar fireflly
    My first post!
    [quote:fb63138c52="Rocky"]Dec 12th 2009. 
    The reasons for this announcement are multiple yet highly intertwined. Ultimately, to be in any band you allow the band to consume you, becoming every particle of your existence, every aspect of your being, every thought that wakes you up early and every task that keeps you up late at night. 

    The reward for such dedication and commitment, not to mention the hardship that goes hand in hand with making music for a living is the unrivalled joy and honour that fills your mind, body and soul by getting to do all the things that you can.  

    The moment this joy falters, rocks or is jolted out of existence, the struggle is of no consequence or purpose. 
    Rocky O'Reilly & Shaun Robinson[/quote:fb63138c52]

    Is this from the "VH1 Behind The Music - Erasure, Cheese Pop and the birth of Oppenheimer"?

    (GARLIC BREAD!)
  30. avatar theavenue
    My girlfriend was watching Gossip Girl the other night and she yelled to me from the other room, "isn't that the band from your hometown?" and I couldn't believe my ears. It was such a great feeling hearing a song from a Northern Irish band in a popular American television show. Best of luck and I look forward to hearing what comes next.
  31. avatar gerry norman
    I'm glad I got to share a stage with you guys. The new stuff sounded great too.

    Best of luck in the future. Rocky won't stop til there's a city airport named after him.
  32. avatar fastfude
    Bad craic - best of luck to both of yiz.

    [url=/topic.php?id=19307&start=38]Good Times[/url]
  33. avatar Persistence
    Awk :(

    One crappy Nirish summer day, I bought a CD by a band called Oppenheimer. Never heard of them, but "Timmy Wheelur's done a song on it so it might be alright!"

    ...Half an hour after getting home, 14-year old me was like "Fuck, this is the best thing ever, it's like pouring sugar in your ears."

    Will definitely be heading down to the early gig on the 19th. Looking forward to it!
  34. avatar Rocky
    ATL played out our Belfast City Hall Gig tonight, couple of old songs and some new ones
    that will be on next years EP and a couple of tracks that will be joining me in my new band.

    We will also be selling the original Polaroids from the Breakfast in NYC video at Saturday's
    shows.
  35. avatar Recycled Alien
    Every time I've heard Oppenheimer live, I've been struck by how aggressive and "heavy metal" the sound is. Great shouty backing vocals in those new songs too.

    I'll definitely be downloading that show off BBC iPlayer for another listen.
  36. avatar Steven Dedalus
    [quote:10b05d1a1a="fastfude"]Bad craic - best of luck to both of yiz.

    [url=/topic.php?id=19307&start=38]Good Times[/url][/quote:10b05d1a1a]

    That thread was one of my all time favourites.

    I still have the Teddy Roxpin picture saved on my computer.

    In Oppenheimer related musing, the first gig I saw by a Norn Iron band upon returning to the country after seven years in Scotland was the Oppenheimer album launch, where they had the carboard cut-out of Luke Skywalker with Tim Wheeler's head attatched to it, and a little motor to make it move from side-to-side.

    Good luck on Saturday, chaps.
  37. avatar goatboy
    It took me a while to get into Oppenheimer, mostly because I was stubborn and blamed them on the demise of Torgas Valley Reds.

    It was probably a year or two after they got going that I finally got round to seeing them live which was at the Smalltown America show in London towards the end of 2006 and I was really surprised. Brilliant pop songs, played well.

    Going to try my best to make it along on Saturday.
  38. avatar Steven Dedalus
    [quote:6767bbd4d0="goatboy"]It took me a while to get into Oppenheimer, mostly because I was stubborn

    [/quote:6767bbd4d0]

    That summed it up for me. I resisited liking them cos I thought they were too similar to some other stuff I'd been listening to for ages.

    There was a time when I'd moan, "Sure, I've already heard the Postal Service...I don't need a Belfast version of it," to anyone who'd listen. Then I realised I was totally wrong, and stoped behaving like an arse.*



    (*on that particular subject, that is. I still behaved like an arse with regards to other subjects.)
  39. avatar my-angel-rocks
    [quote:d7e333cd4b="Steven Dedalus"]In Oppenheimer related musing, the first gig I saw by a Norn Iron band upon returning to the country after seven years in Scotland was the Oppenheimer album launch, where they had the carboard cut-out of Luke Skywalker with Tim Wheeler's head attatched to it, and a little motor to make it move from side-to-side.[/quote:d7e333cd4b]

    Best gig I've ever been at, although I don't remember much about it.
  40. avatar Niall Harden
    Aye that was cracker. Snowed that night too, didn't it? Perhaps that was some other Empire Oppenshow. Anyway, can someone post stage times for this? Want to catch most everything but busy as all fuck.
  41. avatar Persistence
    If the early show's anything to go by, tonight will be an awesome gig. :D

    :(
  42. avatar Nocarsgo
    Fuck me.

    Review will be on ATL's site tomorrow, but that's the best summary I can give.

    Nakatomi were very good and damn promising at times. Skibunny were super (first time I'd had seen them live) but Oppenheimer was something else. I honestly thought they weren't that good on record but dearie me in a live setting they were something else. Rocky was giving it stacks and Hornby was mental.

    Can't believe my first show was their last. :(
  43. avatar Recycled Alien
    [quote:e48210e0fc="fastfude"][url=/topic.php?id=19307&start=38]Good Times[/url][/quote:e48210e0fc]Given the way the Jäger was disappearing, it was certain to get pretty ugly later last night too. I was too scared to stay.

    After a rather disappointing night at the Ulster Hall on Friday, Saturday looked great to me. The atmosphere was cosy, the sound was perfect, the bands were on fantastic form.

    Nakatomi Towers smile at each other a lot, like they're having fun. And what I like best about Skibunny as a band is that they're exactly the kind of band you [b:e48210e0fc]wouldn't[/b:e48210e0fc] expect DJs to create: raw, energetic and guitar-based. I think I fancy that Tanya Skibunny a bit too.

    I've seen a number of Oppenheimer performances but last night's has to be among the best. Banter between the guys, complete nutcase acrobatics, and a huge amount of energy in the music. And knocking back the Jägermeister.
  44. avatar goodonpaper
    Oppenheimer have been the soundtrack to so much of the memories I've made living in Belfast and knowing the people I know. Every song and every show have been special and it's been a bit bizarre for the lot of us to be genuinely sad to see the band go.

    That said, it was a fucking incredible performance and absolutely the best way to close the decade. Here's to you lads, good luck with whatever comes next!
  45. avatar CallMeKatya
    [quote:232f75402e="Niall Harden"]Aye that was cracker. Snowed that night too, didn't it? Perhaps that was some other Empire Oppenshow.[/quote:232f75402e]

    Hmm. I could be wrong but I'm fairly sure the album launch/Tim Wheeler cut-out show was in May/June time as I remember listening to the album all that summer 2006. It snowed at their Christmas show in December.

    But, like I said, I could be wrong.
  46. avatar my-angel-rocks
    [quote:c85450e215="CallMeKatya"][quote:c85450e215="Niall Harden"]Aye that was cracker. Snowed that night too, didn't it? Perhaps that was some other Empire Oppenshow.[/quote:c85450e215]

    Hmm. I could be wrong but I'm fairly sure the album launch/Tim Wheeler cut-out show was in May/June time as I remember listening to the album all that summer 2006.[/quote:c85450e215]

    Yeah, it was June 2006
  47. avatar Reckoner
    Missed the last show unfortunately. The Madisons gig at the start of the year (with the free live album) will have to serve as my farewell, it was the best Oppenshow I'd been to anyway.

    I wasn't a Belfastian at the time of the album launch but I remember seeing them in Strabane in summer 2006 and being blown away enough to buy an album, then go to Derry a week later to see them do an instore. Cue Saturday Looks Bad To Me (and later Stephen McCauley For President) to become my soundtrack my constant attempts to whore them to almost everyone I knew. Good times.