Buffalo, NY's Odiorne began as a side project for original Mercury Rev member Jimy Chambers prior to his departure from the band in 1998. Chambers recorded with Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips) and it resulted in the Odiorne EP Want Them Leaving More, released in 2001 on Everlasting Records. The band was approached to tour Spain in support of Mercury Rev; as a result, Odiorne was officially formed. Since then, the group has kept busy recording and performing live in venues throughout the States and Canada.
Chambers' credits as a songwriting contributor to Mercury Rev include the singles "Something For Joey" and the UK-charting "Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp" from the Deserters' Songs LP. In Odiorne, Chambers has traded in his duties as drummer and now fills the role as guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist. The rest of the band consists of Mike Bouquard on bass and Moog, Brandon Delmont on drums, and Kevin Corbett on electric piano.
Odiorne's debut album Heavy Wish was produced by the band and Bill Racine at Tarbox Road Studios. The album features arrangements and guest performances by Mercury Rev's Jonathan Donahue and Anthony Molina, as well as Bill Racine, Jason Molina (Longwave), James Burgess, and many more. The music of Heavy Wish features intricate arrangements with symphonic treatments on top of heavy backbeats. Each member contributes their influence and the results are elements of rock, avant-experimentalism, jazz and post-punk. Comparisons are far ranging from "a well-orchestrated version of Joy Division" to "a mixture of Serge Gainsbourg and the Seeds."