Montreal based genre-bending power trio The OM Sound return for their second year at Revelstoke Summer Street Fest this Friday, July 20 at Grizzly Plaza. (Submitted)

The OM Sound bring genre-bending grooves back to Revelstoke for Summer Street Fest 2018

Through stretching the boundaries of genre and what it means to be a trio, The OM Sound has built a distinct style off of blending influences and following a natural flow.

Founded in B.C. and based in Montreal, the power trio pulls influence from styles across the board, combining neo-soul, hip hop, electro, jazz-fusion, funk and reggae amongst other genres.

Orion Miller, who splits his time in the band between vocals, guitar, bass, live looping, electronic drums and didgeridoo, says the band has found their sound through a natural process of improvisation and open-mindedness.

“It’s such a big blend that we need to come up with our own genre name,” says Miller. “We draw from such a wide variety of influences that it just kind of happened.”

The OM Sound will be bringing their genre-dissolving style to Grizzly Plaza this Friday, July 20, as they return for their second year at Revelstoke Summer Street Fest.

RELATED: Revelstoke Summer Street Festival lineup unveiled

Beginning as a collaboration between Miller and Marina Durham, who performs vocals, keyboard, live looping and synth bass, the group added their third member, drummer and vocalist Varoujan Mardirossian, to the lineup after recording their debut album in 2014.

While the band performs as a three piece, the trio divides their individual time into multiple instruments, adding layers to the deep grooves that drive complex arrangements forward.

“We like to be busy. It’s super fun to play at the height of your ability in all of your songs rather than just chilling in a more background role,” says Miller. “Since we’ve done it for so long this way, it’s really just become the natural way of thinking when we play together.”

Over instrumentals that dance in and out of atypical time signatures, Miller flows lyrics that deliver a variety of messages, from self-reflection and awakening to political and societal pondering.

Miller says his inspiration for lyrics has been driven by personal experiences, citing world travel as a major contributor to the way he writes.

“Travelling is such a great way to expand your mind,” says Miller. “Even more important than that direct inspiration would be all of the mind expanding experiences of being in a foreign culture. That not only influences your music, but the way you think on the day-to-day.”

By spending time in Nepal, India and Australia, as well as substantial travel within Canada, Miller says the group has pulled elements from different areas that make up who The OM Sound are today.

Miller says he was particularly influenced by the willingness and openness of conversations which he took part in through India and Nepal.

”It was natural to talk about social and political issues,” says Miller. “Now it’s almost automatic to think about either personal progression or overall world issues or just self expansion in terms of the lyrics.”

As The OM Sound prepare to return to Revelstoke as part of a three month Canadian tour, Miller says he looks forward to the format which Revelstoke Summer Street Fest exists within, as it breaks up the straight-forward requirements of a typical bar gig.

“At a show like this, which is all-ages and has people from all kinds of different backgrounds, we love it because we can do different styles and really weave the set as a big wave up-and-down,” says Miller. “It’s super cool when you have that wide ranging audience and you can flow with the vibes of everyone.”


@NathanKunz1
nathan.kunz@revelstokereview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Okanagan College accepting students to new Tourism Management Diploma

The program will be offered out of the Revelstoke campus this September

Revelstoke Community Calendar for March 20

Let’s go snowshoein’! Saturday and Sundays until March 31 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.… Continue reading

Crown drops one Vernon assault charge against Curtis Sagmoen

Curtis Wayne Sagmoen will still stand trial on one count of assault causing bodily harm in December.

Temperature records broken across the Okanagan

Bob Marley said it best: The sun is shining and the weather is sweet

VIDEO: Restaurant robots are already in Canada

Robo Sushi in Toronto has waist-high robots that guide patrons to empty seats

Permit rejected to bring two cheetahs to B.C.

Earl Pfeifer owns two cheetahs, one of which escaped in December 2015

Real-life tsunami threat in Port Alberni prompts evacuation updates

UBC study says some people didn’t recognize the emergency signal

Care providers call for B.C. seniors’ watchdog to step down

The association also asks the province to conduct an audit and review of the mandate of her office

Update: Highway 3 near Keremeos open to alternating traffic

Details scarce about collision that has closed Highway 3 west of Keremeos

Okanagan librarian delves into trio of titles

Book Talk: Dark Matter, Lincoln’s Dreams and The Jealous Kind

Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from B.C. roaster recalled due to botulism scare

“If you purchased N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Cherry Hill … do not drink it.”

B.C. man gets award for thwarting theft, sexual assault – all in 10 minutes

Karl Dey helped the VPD take down a violent sex offender

Indigenous students recognized at ceremony at Okanagan College

The ceremony recognizes that students are getting an education while holding onto Indigenous background and teachings

Most Read