"Okkervil River" is an indie band from Austin, Texas, formed in 1998.
Okkervil River's founding members became friends in high school in New Hampshire, and after parting ways for college moved to Austin to live together and start a band. These were songwriter Will Sheff, Zach Thomas on bass and mandolin, and Seth Warren on drums. Their first gig was at Steamboat in Austin on Monday, January 11, 1999. Over the course of two weekends in the summer of 1999, they recorded a seven-song self-released record called ''Stars Too Small to Use'', with recording engineer Jeff Hoskins.
They met Jonathan Meiburg at a gig with his band Whu Gnu at the Waterloo Brewing Company on December 3, 1999. Meiburg subsequently joined the band on accordion and later on pianos and organs.
On the strength of ''Stars Too Small to Use'', Okkervil River was admitted into the 2000 SXSW music festival. Their first major press was a SXSW http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2000-03-03/music_feature6.html feature article in the Austin Chronicle on March 3, 2000.
The band met recording engineer and producer Brian Beattie at their SXSW showcase on March 18 and soon agreed to make a record...
|music genre|| Indie Rock |
|current members|| Will Sheff|