The Brooklyn-based/Tacoma-born true-rock band Oberhofer is on a roll. Days after eliciting an enthusiastic "I Love Oberhofer!" from The Late Show's Paul Shaffer, the band released its exciting debut LP, Time Capsules II. So naturally, baseball is what frontman Brad Oberhofer wants to talk about (and Snoop, of course).
Oberhofer plays Seattle's Sunset Tavern April 5, Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret April 6, Bellingham's Jinx Art Space April 7, and Tacoma's Squeak & Squawk Festival April 8.
SW: Are you a baseball fan?
Oberhofer: Well, actually, for the longest time, the only [professional] sporting event I had ever been to was a baseball game. And I grew up watching the Mariners when I was a kid. When I was, like, 10 years old, the Mariners were doing really, really well. And everyone was really excited about it.
A question for someone who's been living in New York for the past three years: Mets or Yankees?
Um, I don't know; I only really pay attention to the Mariners—if I ever pay attention at all.
You're scheduled to play a series of shows in Washington. Are these shows more significant because they're in your home state?
Yeah, of course. I'm just excited to be home. And I'm most excited to play in Tacoma. And also, people in the Northwest are different. The attitude is a little bit different overall. Not to generalize completely—I mean, of course everyone is different. And you can't generalize stuff. But in general [laughs], I really connect with people from the Northwest more easily. I don't know what it is, but I find that there is some sort of attitude.
Next month you are headed to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Is there any act in particular you're looking forward to seeing?
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. It's gonna be awesome.