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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
[quote:6767bbd4d0="goatboy"]It took me a while to get into Oppenheimer, mostly because I was stubborn
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.)
[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.
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.
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!
[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.
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.