It’s something we can all relate to: You’re a member of a wildly successful and influential alternative rock band and you want to record and tour behind a solo album. Your name may not be as well known as the names of your bandmates (you’re not the lead singer, after all), and yet you don’t want to coast on the reputation of your day job. What do you do?

Well, if you’re guitarist Ed O’Brien, you ensure that the press release for your solo album/tour doesn’t mention your band…but that it still contains enough clues that folks can probably figure it out. And, because we’re nice, we’ll respect that choice here.

SO. Ed O’Brien will release his debut solo album, Earth, on April 17 under the name EOB. He will play Turner Hall Ballroom on Friday, May 29. His day-job bandmates Thom, Jonny, and Phillip will not be there. General admission tickets are $35 in advance, and $39.50 the day of the show. They go on sale Friday, February 28 at 10 a.m.

Here’s the press release:

Ed O’Brien never planned to make a solo record. As guitarist with one of the most influential alt. rock bands of all time, he thought his artistic side had its outlet and was happy to spend any downtime with his family. Plus, he wondered, would it really be necessary? “Thom [Yorke], Jonny [Greenwood] and Phillip [Selway] are making music,” he says, “and I’m like, ‘The last thing the world needs is a shit album by me.'”

But suddenly a switch was flicked and the songs came pouring out of him. That creative surge resulted in an album of rediscovery and adventure by O’Brien under the moniker EOB that deftly veers from moments of delicate folk to euphoric house, its songs seamlessly pinned together by unswerving melodic hooks and candid lyricism. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime show at Turner Hall Ballroom this May!

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