TRACK: O. – OGO (Speedy Wunderground)

The duo in the band O.
Holly Whitaker

The South London duo O. have released their debut single ‘OGO’ on the Speedy Wunderground label. Formed during the first lockdown, Joseph Henwood (saxophone) and Tash Keary (drums) started improvising together at home with just acoustic sax and drums. ‘OGO‘ is an instrumental track and it mixes percussion and that baritone saxophone with wonderous results. The infectious repetitive hook of the sax gets lodged as an earworm. The various percussions sounds as an accompaniment the result is a track which weaves its magic. Joe expanded on how ‘OGO‘ came about:

“We wrote OGO in a soundcheck in Oslo, whilst on tour supporting black midi. It had hit minus 5 outside so we started jamming something fast to try and keep our hands warm. Playing live is a really big part of O., so we loved the Speedy Wunderground approach of recording one track in one day, holding off on major edits, and we are not even listening to the track until it’s released. It’s just the two of us on the single (as it is live) with Dan Carey and Adele Phillips helping us recreate that gig feeling in the studio.

After a debut show at Brixton’s Windmill, the venue owner was so impressed he promised to offer them a second show there – this time in support of black midi. After going on first to an audience who had no idea who they were, they left the stage only to be approached this time by the virtuoso drummer of the band, Morgan Simpson, asking them perhaps the best question he could in that moment: “What are you doing in November? Want to come on tour with us?”

For more information on the band please check out their facebook.

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