OTiS

Brooklyn based rock, soul, and groove band OTiS released its self-titled debut full- length album digitally on March 16, 2010 on their own OTiSrock Records. The album is available on iTunes, Emusic, and Amazon.
The brainchild of singer, songwriter and guitarist Craig Schoenbaum, OTiS has been a project in the making as far back as 2000, but the line up fans can expect to see live and hear on this album  wasn’t solidified until the summer of 2009. In addition to Craig, the band is composed of percussionist Theo Moore (also of NYC funk band, Urban Sun), drummer Dominick Magnotta, keyboardist Justin Etheredge, and bassist Dave Lowenthal. The band’s influences range from legends such as Ray Charles and Otis Redding, to The Police and The Black Crowes. Hip Hop has even played a role in shaping OTiS’ sound, taking cues from groups like A Tribe Called Quest and The Pharcyde.
Recorded, engineered, produced and mixed by the band members themselves, this diverse debut album touches on bluesy rock in “All Over Again” and “American Dream,” but also delivers rhythm driven reggae in “Trying to Believe,” “Tin Can” and “Reconstruction.” Funk and jam fans will immediately fall into “Andelusia,” “Situation Song” and “The Way It Goes.” The band breaks out of the box even more on the Americana tinged “Die Easy” featuring Joe Trombino, singer of Urban Sun. As an OTiS performance is never complete without their signature jam “Under The Gun,” the album finishes with a live version, giving fans the full experience. “It’s a rarity for energy of a band to translate so strongly on a recording, yet OTiS manages to pull it off with ease” (The Round Table Online).
OTiS recently celebrated their CD Release with a packed house at Sullivan Hall in the West Village. In a short year, OTiS has become a staple of New York’s music scene, frequenting such venues as The Mercury Lounge and performing at showcases for Universal Motown Records at Fontana’s. They also recently wrapped a late night residency at The Sidewalk Café in the Lower East Side. Bloggers will tell you that OTiS gets, “every single audience member up off their feet, moving and grooving,” (Melissa Lynn, BeImaged.com) and might just be “the next “big thing” (Rock NYC).

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  1. Comment by Dave from OTiS:

    Thanks for the post!!

  2. Comment by Photographer NYC:

    Thanks for the shout-out to my blog. Great post and great blog!

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