Music: The Ohms

The Ohms’ self-titled debut bristles with local energy but shines with major label luster. From the mellow groove of “Everything” and the rock steady toast of “Here I Come” to the Spin Doctors island thunder of “Rosemary Tea” and the infectious Dancehall

Most local bands hit a nice area studio to record their first album. But The Ohms had a bigger impact in mind.

After putting together a better-than-average home demo and receiving a spectacular response to their set at their own annual Ohmstead music festival, the Reggae/Rock quartet — guitarist/vocalist David Danforth, bassist Psycho D, drummer Chet Johnson and percussionist Jeff Waters — started casting its net farther from shore.

“I e-mailed four or five producers — it was a real basic e-mail,” Psycho D says. “I found contacts for 311’s, Matisyahu’s and No Doubt’s producers, because I figured we sounded like that style. Two people actually got back with me that night.”

The Ohms’ self-titled debut bristles with local energy but shines with major label luster. From the mellow groove of “Everything” and the rock steady toast of “Here I Come” to the Spin Doctors island thunder of “Rosemary Tea” and the infectious Dancehall snap of the album’s first single, “Pipe Down,” The Ohms boast a sonic verve and musical command to rival 311 or Pepper.

The Ohms host a CD release party at Play by Play Cafe with guests The Pinstripes. Get show details and read more about the band here.