ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Tanner Merritt is enjoying life on the road. In fact, it’s been a pretty good year for Merritt.
He is the singer for Atlanta-based rock band O’Brother, which is touring in support of its 2013 album “Disillusion.”
“It’s been a good run for us,” he says. “The album is doing well and really connecting with the fans. Plus, we’ve been opening for some amazing bands.”
O’Brother is opening for The Sword on its current tour. Last summer, the band got a chance to tour with Manchester Orchestra, Hot Water Music and Alice in Chains. It also played its first-ever show at Lollapalooza in Chicago in August.
“Our schedule has been full of great company,” he says. “We’ve been lucky that everyone we’ve been on tour with, we get along with them. There are so many other bands that we’d love to tour with. If we get along with them, it makes it better on every level.”
Merritt and crew, which consists of Anton Dang, Johnny Dang, Michael Martens and Jordan McGhin, started working on “Disillusion” back in January 2012. He says the band took its time in recording to get everything right.
“We really don’t have a set way in writing or recording,” he says. “What matters is that everyone is on board with the music and comfortable with playing it.”
Though the band has been around since 2006, Merritt joined the band a few years later and has become its voice. He met the band through mutual friends and playing gigs around Atlanta.
“When they came up and asked me to join, it was a perfect time for me,” he says. “I’ve been able to travel the world with this band. I get to play music and record new material. It’s everything that I could have asked for.”
When the band is done with this tour, Merritt says it will travel to Europe for a monthlong headlining tour.
“We haven’t been there aside from festivals,” he says. “It’ll be interesting to see how we are received.”