Heron Oblivion: May 28, 2016 Union Pool

May 30, 2016

Heron Oblivion
[photo via Douglas Fraser]

Remember that time your favorite psych-sters got together, swapped instruments, and then gigged for a couple years before releasing 2016’s best record on Sup Pop? Yeah, me too: Finally making it to New York after a series of Bay Area performances and a West Coast tour, Heron Oblivion landed in Brooklyn Saturday, forcing bearded record nerds of the Tri-State Area to abandon their Discogs wantlist for a few hours and venture out to Union Pool. In case you haven’t been following, Heron Oblivion’s not-to-be-fucked-with supergroup credentials are as follows: Meg Baird (Espers, The Baird Sisters) on drums and vocals, Ethan Miller (Comets on Fire, Howlin Rain, Feral Ohms) on bass and backing vocals, Noel Von Harmonson (Comets on Fire) on guitar, and Charlie Saufley (Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound) also on guitar. If Heron Oblivion didn’t exist already you might not be able to dream up what would happen when you combine Baird’s pastoral psych with Miller’s fiery guitar freakouts, but the result is something that achieves a rare cosmic balance. Their Union Pool set covers six of the seven songs off their self-titled debut record, adding one newer untitled song that I hope signals some permanence to the group.

I recorded this set from our usual location in the venue, with a board feed from Union Pool FOH, Leah. As usual for this room, the sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Heron Oblivion is still on tour, and you can view all their dates here.

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Heron Oblivion
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Leah) + AKG C480B/CK63 (PAS) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, compression, mixdown, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, compression) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [50:04]
01. Beneath Fields
02. Oriar
03. Sudden Lament
04. untitled
05. Your Hollows
06. Faro
07. Rama

Buy Heron Oblivion via Sub Pop
• • Connect with the band on Facebook
• • • Buy assorted Howlin Rain, Comets on Fire, and Feral Ohms music via Silver Current
• • • • Buy Meg Baird’s solo LP Don’t Weigh Down the Light via Drag City
• • • • • Buy Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound records via Tee Pee

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6 Responses to Heron Oblivion: May 28, 2016 Union Pool

  1. tony aiken
    May 30, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you! Love these guys!

  2. Martin
    May 30, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Wonderful band. Looking forward to hearing this set, thanks!

  3. sumodie
    May 30, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Heron Oblivion’s self titled debut is very good. I’m sorry I can’t catch their current tour so many thanks to NYCTaper for sharing more great live music.

  4. Bear It
    June 1, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks for this! Their set in DC last night was one of the best shows I’ve seen in years

  5. Zebra Penman
    June 18, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Count me in, as “mind blown”! The Heron Oblivion set in Seattle was a once in a lifetime event. Wouldn’t have gone without the feed from NYCTaper to put me in the know

  6. EricPH
    June 19, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    That’s awesome you got looped in on Heron Oblivion by our post. So happy to be spreading the word!

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