I’m getting to know a whole new Over the Rhine as I sit and listen to more stuff from when Ric Hordinski was in the band. The OtR that I know and love is the Good Dog, Bad Dog and Ohio OtR: quiet, sensual, and focused on Karin and Linford.
The OtR I’m hearing right now is a much more rocking band: the Amateur Shortwave Radio, Besides, and Cutting Room Floor OtR greatly benefitted, sonically, from Hordinski.
This makes me ponder the parallels that I, as a Caedmon’s Call fan, will see as the band transitions from its first era [with Derek Webb as vocalist/songwriter and Aaron Tate as songwriter] to its second [with Andrew Osenga in Derek’s place and other non-touring songwriting voices like Randall Goodgame].
Now I know how new Caedmon’s fans feel—hi, Rick!—ones who don’t know what the My Calm // Your Storm fuss is all about, people for whom Aaron is just a name in the liner notes.