Bio

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Greg Yancey – Bass and Vocals

Sam Arnold – Guitar and Lead Vocals

Eoghan McCloskey – Drums

Opposite Day are Austin’s reigning kings of math-pop. Performing with the technicality and energy of a metal band, coupled with the finesse of a jazz combo, they are able to seamlessly weave catchy melodies and hooks along with deceptively complex rhythmic patterns, funky grooves, heavy riffs, and improvisation into finely-wrought musical arrangements. Although they can shred with stop-on-a-dime precision that few bands can achieve, they would rather engage you with clever, educational lyrics and memorable songs that just happen to be performed with virtuosic levels of musicianship.

Since 2001, this musically agile trio has been performing shows of pure creativity that inspire the musicians in the audience to go home and practice, along with the songwriters to rise the next day to create. They are always fun, always smiling, always smart, and never pretentious. As recording artists, they have constantly kept it fresh with songs about animals, personified glaciers, and Sci-Fi, always tracked as a muscular trio before the ample embellishments get slathered on. They’ve done an alternate score to the original Tron film, a covers album of all of Madonna’s 80s hits in their own style, and are about to release the second installment of a concept album about traveling the solar system in order to find out what it tastes like.

Photo by Erica Brokaw Oct 2014, Mohawk Austin, TX

Photo by Erica Brokaw Oct 2014, Mohawk Austin, TX

The band is about as DIY oriented as you can be. They not only enginner/mix/master all their own recordings (110 original songs and counting), they also make their own basses and guitars thanks to the luthier skills of bassist and electrical engineer Greg Yancey. As an unorthodox multi-instrumentalist with experience with the art-rockers Megafauna, as well as Sweetmeat, Sam Arnold and the Secret Keepers and Sarah Sharp, Greg plays things on the bass that no ‘normal’ bassist would try. Greg repairs guitars and masters albums for other people too. But he’s busy now, so don’t ask him.

Photo by Erica Brokaw Oct 2014, Mohawk Austin, TX

Photo by Erica Brokaw Oct 2014, Mohawk Austin, TX

Sam Arnold, the lead singer, lyricist, and guitarist considers songwriting an “industrial habit” and guitar playing “more effective than shouting”. He has collaborated with Sarah Sharp and Sweetmeat as a sideman and composer, and likes to make solo albums non-stop, in styles ranging from Americana to metal and electronic. He plays bass in Austin Art-punk all-stars Lick Lick. He’s also composed a string quartet for the Golden Hornet project, and has produced and arranged Zirque Bois D’Arc’s debut album. For Opposite Day, plays his Yancey guitar through two amps at the same time in order to confuse predators.

Photo by Greg Yancey

Photo by Greg Yancey


Eoghan McCloskey joined the band on drums in late 2016. Born in Ireland to a musically accomplished family, Eoghan put down deep roots in the Texas metal community with Vex starting in 2000 and later Bat Castle and Dragonwrench. Later branching into Jazz and prog, Eoghan became a sought-after session and live player working with a diverse range of artists. He presently plays with Matt Butler’s avant garde big band project, End of the World Orchestra. He also continues to performs live with The Invincible Czars and to work as a live and recording session drummer with acts including the Mitch Chandler Trio, Cha Blasco, the Jon Klekman Quartet, Scottish Thunder, Your Friendly Ghost, Christopher Trebue Moore, MJ Torrance, and many others.