Critical Distance

For the next phase of my musical journey I focused on bringing the fruits of my writing and composing to life, which point to my deep love for old school Rock'n Roll and the Blues.

I was already set with Ben and David from Spirit Hand, and then we found Van...our perfect fit...Critical Distance was formed.

Roadside Attraction is our first LP release of all original music.

We hope you enjoy!

Joe O'Malley

ROADSIDE ATTRACTION

The first original LP Release. Get it now!

SHOW & REHEARSAL VIDEOS

Get a taste of Critical Distance Live.

JOE O'MALLEY

Guitar & Vocals

Growing up in a home with a classical pianist, I started fooling around with music at a young age; singing, trumpet, guitar, piano, But I didn't commit myself to this road until I was about 40, when I realized that music was in my blood and bones.

For the next phase of my musical journey I really wanted to focus on bringing to life the fruits of my writing and composing, which clearly point to my deep love for old school Rock 'n' Roll and the Blues.

I was fortunate to already know Ben and David from Spirit Hand, and after messing around for a while with a few different configurations, we were fortunate enough to find Van--a perfect fit. So, I started Spirit Hand; an acoustic Folk/Rock/Jazz band. We played (and laughed and cried) for 12 years until it was time to move on. But, those years I spent with 5 quality people solidified my desire and heart to make as much music as I can for as long as I can. For the next phase of my musical journey I focused on bringing the fruits of my writing and composing to life, which point to my deep love for Old School Rock'n Roll and the Blues. I was already set with Ben and David from Spirit Hand, and then we found Van...our perfect fit. Welcome to Critical Distance.

DAVID McCARTY

Bass & Vocals

I was born and raised in southern Ohio. I took piano lessons as a young kid, but didn't really fall in love with playing music until I started playing the trumpet in school. Along the way I learned to play a little guitar too, which led indirectly to playing the bass; I played a song for an early girlfriend who gave me a very thoughtful look and then said "I bet you'd be a good bass player"! A mere 30 years later I finally took that to heart, went out and bought a bass, and haven't looked back. I was lucky enough to see Joe and Ben playing with Spirit Hand, which didn't have a bass player, and somehow convince them and the rest of the group to take a risk on adding me to the band when I was still so new to the instrument I barely knew how to hold it. That was a great learning experience and cemented my love of playing and performing with a group. Being raised on a pretty steady diet of classic rock, when Spirit Hand wrapped up and Joe started Critical Distance I jumped at the chance to join. I'm having a blast playing, and I'm really working on improving my singing while playing and even writing the occasional song.

BEN TOMPKINS

Drums

VAN RAMSEY

Organ, Piano & Vocals