Ohmme at Teragram Ballroom

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Ohmme at Teragram Ballroom

Hiro and I loved Ohmme!  I started tracking them through songkick after seeing their Tiny Desk performance and falling in love with "Water".  The hocketed (interlocking) vocal parts... the surprising arrangement... the distorted, out-of-time guitars.

Their performance at Teragram was fantastic.  They're seasoned performers, drummer Nnamdi was good, and the sound engineering was solid.  (The mixing board was gargantuan... at least 64 channels analogue.  Is that the venue's or does Twin Peaks travel with that?!)  I love how Ohmme's great, big sound is from just two voices, two guitars, and drums.  The guitars play both melody -- chords and simple solos -- but also bass-like parts, and delightful sound effects.  There are no virtuosic guitar riffs or dramatic drum solos.  Instead the voices and the compositions shine.  I wouldn't mind more technical parts in the music -- especially an extended drum feature and more with those interlocking voices! -- but as I struggle at the moment to learn how to make compositions simpler and more clear, I really appreciate Ohmme's focus.  

We stayed for the first piece of the following act, Post Animal, but didn't love it.  Twin Peaks was to follow, but we headed home early.  We felt happy and inspired after Ohmme.

Looking forward to more music from Ohmme!