Stillwater News Press

January 31, 2014

Stillwater natives' song provides a backdrop for 'Labor Day' movie trailer

By Elizabeth Keys
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The hauntingly beautiful sounds of “Other Lives” set the scene in a promotional trailer for the movie “Labor Day” which debuts Friday nationally and at the Carmike Theaters in Stillwater. The band’s song Take Us Alive is the background music in one of the film’s trailers.

Led by Stillwater native Jesse Tabish, the band blends orchestral instrumentals with lyrics of melancholic vocals. In the movie trailer, Tabish croons “they’ll never take us alive” creating dramatic tension for the marketing video.

In the movie “Labor Day,” Kate Winslet as Adele is a depressed single mother, who along with her young teenage son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) have their lives changed forever when they offer a wounded hitchhiker a ride. The man (portrayed by Josh Brolin) turns out to be an escaped convict, who takes the family hostage during Labor Day weekend.

Directed by Canadian/American film director Jason Reitman, “Labor Day” centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives.

Other Lives’ song “Take Us Alive” was used in promoting the movie. The song is on the band’s 2012 EP, Mind the Gap, with crescendos of strings and percussion floating through the sweeping orchestral battle cry.

The new wave quintet worked on the extended play recording in a studio in Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, England. The band members continue to work on various projects in Stillwater and Portland, Ore. Band members include, Tabish, Jenny Hsu (cello and backing vocals), Jonathon Mooney (violin, horns, piano and percussion), Colby Owens (clarinet and percussion) and Josh Onstott (bass and percussion). Tabish, Hsu, Mooney and Owens all graduated from Stillwater High School. The unconventional depth of their music is sprinkled through many television shows and commercials providing dimensional backdrop similar to the movie trailer.