Members: Phil Taylor (guitar, vocals); Tim Beutler (drums, computers, vocals); Andrew Fedders (bass, vocals); Nick Coventry (violin, vocals).
Albums: lonesome tunnel hum these strong arm drones (December 2006); 48507 (Phil’s earlier folk collection, October 2005).
Prior Gigs: SOhO, Reds, Velvet Jones, and the Midland High School (Midland, Texas) chapel.
Style: “Technical autism folk,” which is everything from Romanian brass bands to Keith Jarrett, digital bluegrass folk to modern classical.
Influences: Gypsy for Nick, electronica for Tim, wounded hawk flight patterns for Andrew, and Fela Kuti for Phil, who describes the West African as “the James Brown of his music.”
The Skinny: Phil met Tim shortly after moving to Santa Barbara from Michigan, and they started collaborating. Phil soon met Andrew while working at a mental health facility (both as employees). When Nick saw the group, he immediately wanted to join.
So why oso, Spanish for “bear”? Well, Phil kept a bear costume that he once used for guerilla theater, which would cause an incredible amount of mayhem around him. Thus, the name embodies the lively natural flow of the band. See more at myspace.com/thebandoso.
Next Gig: Saturday, March 3 at the Creekside and Friday, March 9 at Muddy Waters.
— Sheyla Molho