As far as we can tell, Eric and Nathan are a package deal and as two of our most loyal regulars, they were a natural choice for this installment of "Meet the Neighbors". As a creative duo they comprise the local 2 piece band Oram. They meet up most afternoons in our backyard to fuel up with their favorite caffeinated beverages before band practice.
We sat down with them to learn a little more....
Fave drink: Toddy, black
Fave product: Red rabbit donuts
To say that Eric is a professional traveller is not far from the truth, he has lived all over the country one time inhabiting five different cities in the span of a year. The inclination to not stay in one place for too long has been part of his life since childhood- at the age 11 Eric started bike touring with his family 1,000 miles per summer. From there he graduated to train hopping and hitch hiking. Later a love for and dedication to music provided him the opportunity to keep moving- 'there was a chunk of time where I was constantly touring with a new band but I was equally happy to work for friends bands or tag along for fun, anything to stay on the road traveling'
Favorite drink: depends on his mood either a macchiato or a latte typically followed by an iced coffee
Favorite product: Red Rabbit Donut holes
Nathan is a traveller in his own right he's moved around a fair amount and done stints on both the east and west coast prior to moving to Austin about year ago. What's noteworthy about the years leading up to Nathan and Eric's meeting here in Austin is that the story of their formative years mirror each other- the train hopping, hitchhiking, and touring in particular. Substitute Eric's family bike tours with the epic coast to coast motorcycle trip that Nathan took in his twenties and you begin to see that these two have heaps of shared life experience.
The two met about a year ago when Nathan first moved here. They recount the story of their first hangout which sounds to me like a "blind friendship date": "the girl that convinced Nathan to move here was too sick to show him around the city upon his arrival so she enlisted my help" recalls Eric. "We met up and rode bikes around town, I found him hard to peg at first but once we got to talking we discovered we had friendship circles in common in various cities".
A friendship was born. Later, more conversations about creative projects made it clear that these two were well suited for musical collaboration and Oram evolved from those talks. The duo just finished working on an ep that they self released and recorded (with a lot of help from friends). We think it recalls early Nirvana a la Bleach-era decide for yourself: http://oram.bandcamp.com/