Oshe (pronounced ah-shay) is a fast-paced, improvisationaly-based groove quartet. The music is a thick rhythmic mesh of rock, groove, and explosive improvisation, drawing influence from early 1970's Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock ensembles, as well as more modern groups like Radiohead and Medeski Martin and Wood.
The band has a mature and varied approach to high-energy improvisation within the context of strong, melodic song writing. Never at rest, the band is always stretching the sonic capabilities of their instruments to achieve fresh, dynamic blends of sound. From wailing guitar leads and tight drum and bass interplay, to heavy Rage Against The Machine–influenced rock riffs, these guys never slow down and never cease to keep you waiting for more.
Their newest release, The Good Book, is a full-length live album that was captured from recordings of 11 shows in fall 2004. The album is a clear reflection of the intensity and thoughtfulness of their live performances, while allowing some of the subtlety of their work and quality of production to shine through in quieter moments.
Oshe has played to full houses around the northeastern U.S. at venues such as The Knitting Factory in New York City, Rochester's Milestones, Higher Ground in Burlington, Ithaca's The Haunt, Buffalo's Tralfamadore, Northern Lights and Revolution Hall in Albany, Geneva's Smith Opera House, Mr. Small's Theatre in Pittsburgh, The Mexicali Blue Cafe in New Jersey and Stephen Talkhouse on Long Island. Oshe has shared stages with bands Jazz Mandolin Project, Umphrey's McGee, The Breakfast, Benevento/Russo Duo, The Bad Plus, The Big Wu, Brothers Past, Ulu, Sim Redmond Band, Max Creek, Schleigho, and Topaz during their first major touring effort. Having played 150+ shows this past year, Oshe has become one of the hardest-working touring acts on the scene today.