There are the dueling vocal leads on “Water,” rapidly ping-ponging from mic to mic without missing a note; the murmuring guitaristry on “Parts,” which resembles a gathering storm; the squealing solo midway through “Grandmother.” Ohmme seems to be able to conjure any texture or color from their sonic palette at will, even when confined to their guitars.
What sounds like studio trickery on the duo’s records is actually classically-trained talent put into practice. Outside of their wonky Post Punk collaborations, Stewart and Cunningham have built an impressive résumé, working with artists like Chance the Rapper and Whitney while performing in avant-garde Jazz bands.
“We rarely saw people like us on stage, which was an impetus for starting this band,” Stewart told the Chicago Tribune in 2018. “We wanted to improvise with guitar but didn’t know how to ingrain ourselves into the scene. So we started on our own in Sima’s basement.”
It’s the interplay between Ohmme’s fine-tuned precision and their raw, Garage Rock impulses that makes their music so compelling — chaotic at first glance, but intricately composed on closer inspection.
Ohmme just announced that they'll release their third album, Fantasize Your Ghost, through Joyful Noise Recordings on June 5. They also shared the music video for “3 2 4 3," the album's first single.
Ohmme plays a free show with Soften and Michael Andrew on Saturday, March 7 at MOTR Pub.