Better Oblivion Community Center © Melanie Smith

Better Oblivion Community Center © Melanie Smith
Better Oblivion Community Center
O2 Ritz, Manchester
May 12th 2019

Louder Than War photographer Melanie Smith took a trip to capture the new, yet much acclaimed L.A based outfit which features American singer-songwriters Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst. The collaborating project, who have a perfect onstage rapport, possess the unusual title of the Better Oblivion Community Center. They are a blend of Americana, rock, indie-folk and are first rate singer/ songwriters.

Despite only recently releasing their debut album in January the crowds flock to witness their first show in Manchester and its a sold out show.

Better Oblivion Community Center 13 © Melanie Smith
Better Oblivion Community Center 10 © Melanie Smith
Better Oblivion Community Center 2© Melanie Smith
Better Oblivion Community Center 15 © Melanie Smith

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Didn’t Know What I Was in For
Big Black Heart
My City
Forest Lawn
Would You Rather
Exception to the Rule
Lime Tree
Dylan Thomas
Service Road
Little Trouble
All the Umbrellas in London

Scott Street

You can find the BOCC at their website here – follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Photos by Melanie Smith. More work by Mel on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Photography portfolio can be found here

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Editor: live reviews / books and head of photography. I can't imagine my life without music, photography or books, all connect and have played a big part in my life. I have experienced many musical genres, northern soul in 1975, early punk movement, drifting into the electronic era, a trip around the rock scene, a taste of indie and a smattering of pop. I possess an eclectic taste in music and a lust for life; new experiences are what drives this machine. I still have that punk DIY spirit and used this to create my own website Mudkiss Fanzine in 2008 - 2013. Official photographer for Louder Than Words - annual music literary festival and a house photographer for Academy Music Group. Available for commissioned work, please contact me


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