"A capriciously eclectic assembly of... really great sounds. Wonderful musicianship. A fresh approach. Freaky production techniques and thick stinky vox bordering on toothsome." Public magazine "It's a given these days that a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist with the right gear can achieve remarkable things... Justin Ossher certainly has." Drum Media "Justin is further proof that Australia is producing some excellent pop music. "Strength Of Your Command" is too refined for an immature ear." Anthony Bates Moozikoo Radio Nashville "There's something magnetic about Ossher's delivery and depth of emotion. There's no holding back with this guy. The band's sound thunders through the heart" Vibewire On a freezing winter morn at home in Connecticut, when I first heard Janis Joplin sing I asked my dad, who is this guy? He said, this is Janis Joplin and her band Big Brother and the Holding Company. I think my mistake in identifying her gender was my first indulgence into the world of voice. I was eleven years old. I wrote my first song in High School and after writing about a hundred more, formed my first band based around a dozen songs I wrote for that purpose. As my reading habits changed and by the time I formed my first band I was more interested in the classics and non-fiction then ever before. Reading beat poets and Hunter S and listening to more and more music infused my music with subversion and I tried to develop my early rock style into something more relevant to our time. I wrote as a poet but found my sense of rhyme and rhythm always fit well in song. My natural instinct for improvising melodies suited my love of the blues where I could jam out whatever words came to me in a song like way. I looked up to John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Miles Davis, Marylin Manson, Maynard Keenan and the debauched, reckless loving excesses of the rock lifestyle. Now I write to express myself and share my desire for uninhibited expression with the world. I write about everything I take in and I haven't yet found a theme I can stick to as everything I experience; humanity, emotion, oppression, existentialism, inspires me in some way. Being deeply in touch with what I'm singing is the most important part of performance for me. I try to imagine all my lyrics like a story in my head and my voice just follows the sentiment. Although I feel like I am deeply immersed in my songs I also feel a strong connection with my audience and feel every emotional high and low and it steers the flow of the gig. Music has a lot of integrity and as musicians we are responsible for the message we put out there, so it's important to me to encapsulate my feelings about the world and life in these performances. On the back of my new album, Stereo Gold, my second solo album, I've started my Australian East Coast regional tour with my band, The Truth. Taking in venues in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane, we will also be playing at many of the smaller towns in between including Woollongong, Wagga, Byron Bay, Tamworth and Cairns. The 'captivation' tour will showcase our live show, an explosive rendition of the my album which was produced by Brett Creswell (Sick Puppies). The band have grown up making music and researching nutritious decay in remote ecologies together, and the love and hate they share is blisteringly obvious in every performance they give. Think Burt Bacharach on acid writing love songs to Scott Weiland while Maynard Keenan watches from a corner, joint in hand. F*** the norm and support a new extravagant difference.
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