Oswald is a five-piece rock band from Berkeley, CA with innovative songs and uncompromising artistic integrity. Influences include synaesthesia, bi-polar disorder, sleep deprivation, Hunter S. Thompson, Kafka, and Sylvia Plath. Their music is both dark and melodic, with thoughtful, introspective lyrics and hooks that stick in your head long after remnants of the last note has faded. Though radio programmers have been quick to label the band as alternative, their songs evoke a timeless quality, more reminiscent of an age when bands still made music that meant something. Oswald could be described as a cross between Wilco, Spoon, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Pink Floyd, but it becomes clear from the very first listen they're making music that's distinctly their own. 2002 saw the release of their debut album, A Failed Attempt to Alter History, followed by a four song E.P. entitled The Shine On Sessions. Over the course of the year, Oswald played a regular schedule of shows all over the Bay Area, released two music videos, and continued to write, amassing a catalogue of almost 50 songs. The year culminated in grand fashion with a headlining slot at the prestigious Great American Music Hall in San Francisco towards the end of December. Furthermore, while continuing to attract a solid local following, they've managed to broaden their
fan base to include parts of South America, the UK, France, and even the Netherlands. Along the way, Oswald also contributed music to a college television program and an independent film. As of late, Oswald has been holed up in the dark confines of their rehearsal compound hidden in some undisclosed location, developing material for their second full length album, while continuing to expand the limits of their live capabilities.

Eric Cochran
Age: 27
Starsign: Aries
Instrument: Guitar, Vocals
Favourite band: Radiohead
5 favourite albums/CD's

1) Pink Floyd - The Wall

2) Radiohead - Ok Computer
3) The Beatles - White Album
4) Nirvana - In Utero
5) Neutral Milk Hotel - In the aeroplane over the sea
Favourite Quote: "Be just and if you can't be just, be arbitrary." - William S. Burroughs
Favourite celeb you'd like to share a jacuzzi with: Pete Townsend
Favourite food: Parmesan Chicken
Favourite Drink: Seven & Seven
Favourite sport: Teasing Mirko

Favourite Place:Between the sheets

Favourite TV Show: Law & Order, The Daily Show, Northern Exposure
Favourite Book: The Frog King by Adam Davies
Favourite Film: Donnie Darko, Taxi Driver, Meet the Parents.
Hobbies: Reading while pretending to despise television, Letting others win at Xbox video games, inflicting my paranoia on those around me, & writing songs while my dog sleeps on my toes

Dislikes: Airplanes, mosquito bites, flat soda… Oh and our current president.

Dale Cucchiaro
Age: 25
Starsign: Virgo
Instrument: Guitar
Favourite band: Pink Floyd
5 favourite albums/CD's

1) Radiohead - Ok Computer

2) Pink Floyd - The Wall
3) Tool - Lateralus
4) The Mars Volta - Deloused In The Comatorium
5) Neutral Milk Hotel - On Avery Island
Favourite Quote: "You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same decaying, organic matter as everything else...We are all part of the same compost heap." Tyler Durden
Favourite celeb you'd like to share a jacuzzi with: Noam Chomsky
Favourite food: Avocado
Favourite Drink: Absinthe
Favourite sport: Killing

Favourite Place:A Cold, Dark Place

Favourite TV Show: South Park
Favourite Book: The bell jar by Sylvia Plath, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Favourite Film: Fight Club, Edward Scissorhands
Hobbies: Deviating, Making Fun Of Mirko

Dislikes: Mirko, Competitiveness, The human race

Mirko Maher
Age: 28
Starsign: Gemini
Instrument: Bass Guitar
Favourite band: Radiohead
5 favourite albums/CD's

1) Radiohead - Ok Computer

2) Beatles - Abbey Road
3) Radiohead - The Bends
4) Pink Floyd - Dark Side of The Moon
5) U2 - The Joshua Tree
Favourite Quote: "All I have in this world are my Balls and My word and I don't break em' for nobody- ju undastan?" - Scarface
Favourite celeb you'd like to share a jacuzzi with: Julianne Moore
Favourite food: Pasta Al Vongola
Favourite Drink: Beer
Favourite sport: Basketball

Favourite Place: Italy

Favourite TV Show: Nova, Frontline, South Park
Favourite Book: Mause
Favourite Film: Pulp Fiction, Alien
Hobbies: Playing Basketball, Surfing, Astronomy, Skiing/Snowboarding, Listening to Music, Imitating Stevie Ray Vaughn, BBQing, Camping, Hiking.

Dislikes: Smoking, Pretentiousness, Pompousness, Rude Loud Obnoxious People, George Bush, Tony Blair, The Condition of Palestine and its people, The war on Terrorism, Cell Phones

Paul Zeroh
Age: 29
Starsign: Aquarius
Instrument: Keyboards
Favourite band: The Velvet Underground
5 favourite albums/CD's

1) The Velvet Underground and Nico

2) Brian Eno - Taking Tiger Mountain By Storm
3) David Bowie - Hunky Dory
4) The Cure - Seventeen Seconds
5) Yo La Tengo - And then nothing turned itself inside out
Favourite Quote: "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" - Mahatma Gandhi
Favourite celeb you'd like to share a jacuzzi with: Marilyn Manson
Favourite food: Eggplant Parmesan
Favourite Drink: Pale Ale
Favourite sport: ummm…

Favourite Place: Oakland, represent!

Favourite TV Show: The Simpsons
Favourite Book: "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov
Favourite Film: Naked Lunch, Delicatessen
Hobbies: Watching Paint Dry, Catching flies, Letting flies go after I catch 'em

Dislikes: Capitalism, Republicans, Anything run by money and not love

Chad Cochran
Age: 23
Starsign: Aquarius
Instrument: Drums / Percussion
Favourite band: Counting Crows
5 favourite albums/CD's

1) Counting Crows - August And Everything After

2) Wilco - Yankee Foxtrot Hotel
3) Radiohead - The Bends
4) Counting Crows - Recovering The Satellites
5) Incubus - Science
Favourite Quote: "Though twice banned, Mirko continues to speak." Justin Crossley - KUZR.com
Favourite celeb you'd like to share a jacuzzi with: Claire Danes
Favourite food: Pizza
Favourite Drink: Raspberry Iced Tea
Favourite sport: Football

Favourite Place: Prague, Czech republic

Favourite TV Show: The Simpsons, Family Guy
Favourite Book: Henderson The Rain King by Saul Bellows, Technopoly by Neil Postman

Favourite Film: Mulholland Drive, Dumb and Dumber, Seven, Fight Club, Bowling For Columbine
Hobbies: Photography, Videography

Favourite Drummers: Danny Carey (tool), Carter Beauford (DMB), Chad Sexton (311)

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