In the spring of 2008, the unassuming duo Oars (David Bratton and Earl Muehlenbach) began an intensive six months of recording, song crafting and experimentation in a closet-sized Greenpoint [Brooklyn] studio across the street from a fish-smoking plant. Relying on Bratton’s perfectionist ear for melody and orchestration and Muehlenbach’s lyrics and sharp production skills, they composed meticulously. The result is their self-titled album.
Oars are currently performing live around the New York area. Live Oars shows find the duo switching instruments with drill team precision as Bratton commands guitars, horns, keyboards and percussion and Muehlenbach captains bass, guitar, synthesizers, samples and beats. The two share vocal duties.