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Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
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Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
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Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.
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Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
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B real

A decade together, work with high-profile artists, a widespread fan base — for one local R&B group, it’s all Meant2B.

Ryan Querbach April 25th, 2012

A local R&B group’s members all hail from different states, but they just so happened to come together as students of the University of Central Oklahoma; that’s why they call themselves Meant2B.

The trio, which began as a quartet in 2003, is composed of Tré McCoy of Omaha, Neb.; Dele Olasiji of Norman; and Eric Hollowell of Davenport, Iowa. They met at a party in 2001, while attending college.

“Four different states and we all happened to end up at the same party,” McCoy said. “The name that was most fitting was Meant2B, because we believe it defines our destiny.”

Originally, all the act did was perform at weddings and similar events, but got its first real shot in 2005, opening for rapper 50 Cent at the Ford Center.

“That’s when we decided, ‘Hey, we could really do this,’” McCoy said. “We started practicing and getting vocal lessons and artist development, and here we are.”

Since then, Meant2B has opened for the likes of Usher and Trey Songz, and has worked with hip-hop artists like Baby Bash, Devin the Dude and, more recently, Ray Lavender, an Akon affiliate.

“I think our biggest accomplishment is staying at it,” Olasiji said. “We’ve done so many things that we think are like plateaus.”

With a self-titled album and an EP titled For the Bedroom, Vol. 1 under their belts, the members plan to release their first major single this year as they work on a distribution deal.

“My next thing for 2012 is to get it finalized and get this thing moving,” McCoy said. “Enough talk — it’s time to do it, man.”

While they seek to extend their fan base beyond this region, they appreciate all the support Oklahoma has shown.

“Our Oklahoma fan base is ridiculous,” McCoy said. “We get so much love, it’s really a beautiful thing.”

With three members, no clear leader exists, and they prefer it that way.

“You hear Meant2B, and a lot of people don’t know who’s singing what,” McCoy said.

“We have distinct voices, but we all lead songs. We pride ourselves in our harmony.”

This harmony goes beyond the music — partly why the group has stayed together for so long.

“We’ve done it all together,” Hollowell said. “We’ve laughed together, we’ve cried together, we’ve fought, and sometimes all in the same day. We’re brutally honest with each other, and it’s made it a lot easier to trust each other.”

Regardless, the three said their love for music stays strong.

“When you cook with love, the food comes out better,” Hollowell said. “That’s what we do in the studio. We put love into every single track that we do, and that’s why people are feeling our music.”

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