Year in Review: ONO
Ono is truly one of the most unique bands performing today. They prefer to label what they do “noise” instead of “music,” but their range of influences includes no-wave, free jazz, glam-rock, gospel, poetry, and performance art. After I was fortunate enough last year to share lunch with and interview the two original members Travis and Michael, Ono continued in 2014 at breakneck speed. They released their fourth album Diegesis and played a sold-out release show. They went on tour out East and back (here’s a recording from Shea Stadium in Brooklyn). They performed a Requiem for David Bowie at the Museum of Contemporary Art. They’ve already planned another new album, partly recorded with Cleveland based artist Obnox. At 68 years old, Travis is still a charismatic and joyful front man, testing audiences, pushing musical boundaries, and having a blast time doing it. I attended half a dozen Ono shows his year and no two were the same. For a band that started in 1980, they’ve finally found an audience who appreciates them in 2010s. I can’t even imagine what 2015 will bring.