A ‘Giant’ show at Mojo’s
O, Giant Man brings former Columbia band Scouts back to town.
Vocalist and guitarist Chris Robbins calls his band O, Giant Man’s music “energetic, evolving, playful.”
“The sound is unique,” Robbins says. “In my opinion, we don’t really sound like anyone else. Yeah, we have influences, but we don’t sound much like them.”
If the Roots ’N Blues festival this weekend is a little too pricey for your pockets, here’s a great free alternative for you: O, Giant Man is returning to Columbia to play at Mojo’s with Scouts, Moonrunner and we are voices on Friday evening.
O, Giant Man, or OGM, is comprised of four men that love to have as much fun on stage as they do off. Based out of Kansas City, the indie-pop quartet has been featured on KRBZ/96.5 FM’s “Homegrown Buzz,” opened for Tapes ’n Tapes and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and played the Kanrocksas Music Festival this year, a huge milestone for them in their path to fame.
“The fact that we’ve managed to play together for three years and not want to ring each other’s necks is an accomplishment in itself, and we’ve managed to do the complete opposite. We’re much closer now than we were three years ago.”
The last time we checked in with OGM they were getting ready to record at the renowned Daytrotter studio. Since then, the band has been up to a lot.
“There is actually a completely finished brand new album we’re just storing away for the time,” Robbins says. “In fact, the single off of that album will be released sometime in the next couple of weeks so keep your eyes and ears open.”
OGM is still climbing the ranks to make it in the music industry, and it’s determined to find a way. Robbins says the band gets inspiration from a number of places.
“Musically, I think the two bands that we, as a band, listen to the most often are Dr. Dog and Portugal, the Man,” Robbins says. “Non-musical inspirations? Probably (drummer Andy Wendling’s) two-year-old son. Watching him grow up and watching him love our music just like we do really inspires us to continue to chase this dream and to not give up. It makes us realize that we’re not getting any younger and that now is the time to do this.”
Not only will OGM make the night a must-see experience, the event also marks the return of Scouts, which disbanded two years ago after moving to Kansas City from Columbia. Scouts will be headlining the show and playing its debut EP, "I’m Sick, I’m Well," in its entirety along with a few unreleased songs.
It all begins at 8 p.m. Friday. If you’re looking for a musical experience you won’t forget, this is a show you can’t miss.