Moving to Austin after a lengthy stretch in San Francisco, where he gigged with various bands and led the nine-piece horn combo The Git Down Moses, Sean O'Connor decided that it was time to build his dream band. Determined to foster a collaborative creative vibe, he recruited a talented team of like-minded players including bassist Will Tanner, also owner of legendary Austin club the Hole in the Wall; guitarist Rob Bernard, a former member of the beloved Austin combos The Damnations and Prescott Curlywolf; Rob's brother, keyboardist Claude Bernard, a veteran of Austin legends The Gourds, and drummer Bill Coresello, whose resume includes stints as GM of influential local venues Emo's and Antone's, along with a powerful three-man horn section to help to build the expansive musical canvas of his dreams. O'Connor named the new combo The Push and Shove, borrowing the phrase from a line in the Les McCann/Eddie Harris jazz-funk classic "Compared to What."
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