Song Premiere: The O’s “Halfway Sideways”
The O’s came together during the summer of 2008 in Dallas. Taylor Young (vocals, guitar, kick drum) and John Pedigo (vocals, banjo, harmonica) had crossed paths while touring with their others groups including
Polyphonic Spree, Young Heart Attack and Rose County Fair, Hi-Fi Drowning. On their new album, Honeycomb, which is set for release on February 5, once again The O’s meld country, folk, Americana and pop influences.
Today we premiere “”Halfway Sideways” from the new album, which they recorded in a cabin behind a music venue in New Braunfels, TX after floods destroyed the studio where they had intended to record. The band explains, “The album sounds like the collective experience of just being out there, cooped up in these little cabins. We were sleeping five feet away from where we recorded. We would wake up and jump right into it. Grab a beer, record for twelve hours, pass out for five hours, wake up again, grab a beer and start recording again. At the end of the day, it sounds exactly how we felt.”
As for “Halfway Sideways” Pedigo tells Relix, “I like to think of it as a coming of age type tune. It revolves around my college days when my roommates and I took a road trip from Dallas up to Boston via Baton Rouge, LA. We broke into Tiger Stadium and drank a case on the 50 yard line with some other friends that were going to LSU. I think we’d actually been in New Orleans the whole day so who knows what was really happening. Anyway, we were acting like idiots and I got angry for some reason and ending up jumping out of the car as we were driving down the road going 30 miles per hour in front of the varsity bar. Whoops. A cop who watched it all go down eventually told us to get out of the car and walk home. It was very very nice of him.”