The Oblations are not only a band, but also a live and in-studio production team for songwriters. They have been involved in a myriad of other projects, as members of a growing Chapel Hill/Carrboro, NC music scene. They have done simple session work, composition and arrangement work, and full-on production/engineering. Here is a chronological list of projects they have both worked on so far.
Daniel and Joe are founding and active members of The Grand Shell Game, a six-piece Rock Band that has been labeled with such dubious genre tags as "Prog-Americana" and "Southern-Fueled Lit Rock". Their debut EP Man On A Wire came out in 2016. Their second release, a 3-song EP titled In Memory was released in 2017. All proceeds of In Memory support the Jana Marie Foundation. The Grand Shell Game is hard at work on more releases, stay tuned!
Daniel and Joe were members of Rebekah Todd's band Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey from July 2015-2016. They began in 2015 by performing as her full backing band utilizing the Oblations instrumentation in a dynamic and crowd-pleasing power trio. They ended in 2016, helping Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey win Floydfest's On The Rise Competition as members of her five-piece band. (The On The Rise competition begins with an invitation to a two-band Battle of the Bands, then all the Battle of the Bands winners perform at the festival and there is one winner decided by audience ballots.) They performed guitar and keyboards for her 2017 release Crooked Lines. We are very appreciate of the experience, and wish Rebekah Todd continued success.
Daniel and Joe were also both members of Matt Phillips & The Philharmonic, performing on his 2013 album Move. (Daniel Fields plays the electric guitar in the right speaker on every song, Joe plays Organ and Acoustic Piano on tracks 1-4, and track 6) Joe still plays with Matt in his new unit, "The Back Pocket", contributing keyboards to Matt's 2016 song Mother.
Going farther back in time, Daniel and Joe performed on Gabe Smiley's 2012 release Leave Me Here. They also produced, engineered, mixed, and provided instrumentation for Sam Tyson's 2012 release What Opens A Rose. This was done the same summer that they recorded their first two Oblations Mixtapes, quite the busy summer for them!
Daniel and Joe's high school band, Old 86 recorded an album called Heat Lightning, which Daniel and Joe co-produced with Thom Canova. Almost a decade later, the team of Daniel, Joe, and Thom created The Oblation's first full album. Thus, we bring this discussion of the past back to the present, and onward to the future.