Larimer Lounge Presents
Down Time, Mr. Atomic
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmLarimer Lounge
$10 - $12
This event is 16 and over
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Still in their 20s, Stewart and Cunningham are both classically trained musicians and are established players within the Chicago music scene. They are especially involved in performing and working for venues within the local experimental music scene. They’re constant collaborators and have recorded and toured with homegrown acts as varied as Tweedy, Whitney, Chance The Rapper and Twin Peaks.
Cunningham and Stewart are multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriters with a penchant for two instruments in particular. "The band started because we knew we could sing well together and we wanted to make some noise with the guitar,” says Cunningham. Stewart elaborates, “Sima and I are both trained classical pianists and we know many of the sonic spaces keyboards have to offer. Since we were interested in experimenting and creating something different from what we had both done in the past, we chose guitar as our outlet for this band. We wanted to create both new and uncomfortable parameters for ourselves to force us into a different creative space.” These guitar-heavy experiments are sometimes earthy and resounding, at other times shimmering and buzzing—swirling around the duo's expertly crafted vocals while creating a chaotic bed of harmony. Cunningham's smoky alto complements Stewart's higher-register croon, all underpinned by the restrained yet highly inventive polyrhythmic percussion of drummer Matt Carroll. Think Amber Coffman and Angel Deradoorian-era Dirty Projectors.
Enlisting fellow Chicago cohorts Doug McCombs (Tortoise), Ken Vandermark and cellist Tomeka Reid, OHMME recorded and self-produced Parts from Cunningham’s Logan Square home studio, Fox Hall. With Parts, OHMME "wanted to capture a moment in time instead of something perfect.” The results are thrilling: from the pure pop opening track “Icon” to the candied sludge of "Peach" to the skipping rhythms of "Parts" and the dusky closer "Walk Me," Parts draws from influences as diverse as Kate Bush and Brian Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets to jazz and improvisational music, making for an electric debut listening experience.
This range from sweetly shiny 2-minute hypnotic bangers to woozy and sprawling 7-minute long tracks boasting moodily atmospheric wafting guitars and piercing feedback shows a band colliding thoughtfulness and creative ingenuity to produce music as unique as it is earworm-worthy. With Parts, OHMME manage to organically marry a breadth of divergent styles into an album that is cohesive, daring, and distinctly their own.
With a complete lineup finally assembled, Mr. Atomic set out to solidify their sound, drawing influences from late 80s/90s rock bands such as Blondie, Garbage, and Nirvana. Mr. Atomic cultivated a dedicated following of fans within the Denver music scene with melodic, grunge-tinted, punk rock accented by lyrically-dense verses. In 2017, the band ushered in the release of their debut EP, "Avert the Skies", in early January, followed by a mini-tour across the Midwest, the departure of Suriano, and the arrival of a new drummer, Ryan Fraser. With a new drummer in the mix, the band set to work, spending over a year crafting new material for their first full-length album, Spectator Sport.
Spectator Sport explores the struggle between growth and resistance, and the viewpoint from which it is perceived. The lead single, “Made for TV”, is an abrasive, yet melodic anthem focused on resistance to the norm. According to guitarist and lead singer, Boneth Ahaneku, “The single questions how we as humans decide whether to think for ourselves or take everything at face value.” The album release comes after a busy summer for the band filled with recording, a short southwest tour, and an appearance at Denver’s own Underground Music Showcase.
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