Austin frequenters continue energetic touring

photo courtesy of Oberhofer

You may have caught Oberhofer at this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival, or a week later when they returned to Austin to open up for Matt & Kim. The energetic five-piece, led by frontman Brad Oberhofer, has been touring since the release of their debut album Time Capsules II in March — and Austin has been privileged enough to see them twice in one week.

The band’s frequent return to Austin can best be explained by the frontman's fondness of the city. “I love the atmosphere every time I’ve been here. I love how eccentric everyone is and I feel like I can do whatever I want more so than any city in the world,”Oberhofer said. “I feel like people are judging me everywhere sort of, I don’t really worry about it, but in Austin I don’t feel like anyone’s judging anyone.”

Since the release of Time Capsules II, the band has not had a dull moment. “I kind of believe that you should never be bored,”Oberhofer said. And between touring internationally, playing major festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella and working on a second album, boredom doesn't really seem like an option.

The band first caught our eye at this past South by Southwest where they rocked stages all over town. With their infectious pop rock tunes and Brad’s unique and powerful vocals, they take each song to a new, unexpected level. His stage presence, from sporadic monologues, to jumps and hair flips, creates an impulsive wave of joy over the crowd.

But there’s more to the 22-year-old than guitar-picking skills and fancy footwork. The Tacoma native moved to Brooklyn to study music theory at NYU. But don’t ask him to describe his own music. “I hate being asked to personally describe my music because music is its own form of articulation and words are not designed to describe music,” he said.

The young musician remains humble, leaving direction behind and going wherever life takes him. When asked what advice he would give to other young people trying to pursue their dreams, “Basically for anyone who enjoys sharing their creative output, it’s just to be nice to everyone.”