“Icon” Ohmme

Ohmme, is comprised of singer/songwriters Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart, their debut album, Parts, comes out August 24th via Joyful Noise Recordings. After sharing the single “Water,” Ohmme have shared another single, “Icon,” along with ait’s video.

From a young age, many women are taught to present their more aggressive thoughts and desires in a much more palatable way. “Peach” plays with these norms by using fruit as a disguise for aggression, sexual desire, and hunger. The song is centered around a dark and disjointed groove that is constantly trying to tear itself apart. The sporadic guitar shrieks in and out, almost as a metaphor for those unwanted thoughts that pop in and out of your head.

Ohmme talk about the band:

“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 parameters for ourselves that were both new and uncomfortable to force ourselves 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 croon complements Stewart’s higher-register coo, all underpinned by the restrained yet inventive polyrhythmic percussion of drummer Matt Carroll. Enlisting fellow Chicago cohorts Doug McCombs, Ken Vandermark and cellist Tomeka Reid, Ohmme recorded and self-produced Parts from Cunningham’s Logan Square home studio, Fox Hall.

Tour Dates:

Fri. Aug. 17 – New York, NY – Bryant Park
Sat. Aug. 25 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
Sun. Aug. 26 – Detroit, MI – Deluxe Fluxx
Mon. Aug. 27 – Toronto, ON – The Monarch
Tue. Aug. 28 – Montreal, Que – Casa Del Popolo
Wed. Aug. 29 – Burlington, VER – Arts Riot
Thu. Aug. 30 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
Fri. Aug. 31 – Portsmouth, NH – 3S
Sat. Sep. 1 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
Sun. Sep. 2 – Washington, DC – Blackcat Backstage
Mon. Sep. 3 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
Wed. Sep. 5 – Birmingham, AL – Firehouse
Thu. Sep. 6 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
Fri. Sep. 7 – Austin, TX – Mohawk (Inside Stage)
Sat. Sep. 8 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
Mon. Sep. 10 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
Tue. Sep. 11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Wed. Sep. 12 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
Fri. Sep. 14 – Portland, OR – Kelly’s Olympian
Sat. Sep. 15 – Vancover, CA – Westward Fest
Sun. Sep. 16 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
Mon. Sep. 17 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
Tue. Sep. 18 – Salt Lake City, ID – Kilby Court
Wed. Sep. 19 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Fri. Sep. 21 – Lincoln, NE – Lincoln Calling
Sat. Sep. 22 – Grinnel, IA – Gardner Lounge
Sun. Sep. 23 – Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club
Tue. Sep. 25 – Mikwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
Wed. Sep. 26 – St. Louis – The Monocle
Thu. Sep. 27 – Indianapolis, IN – State Street Pub
Fri. Sep. 28 – Knoxville, TN – The Pilot Light
Sat. Sep. 29 – Asheville, NC – Mothlight
Sun. Sep. 30 – Durham, NC – The Pinhook
Mon. Oct. 1 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
Thu. Oct. 4 – Gambier, OH – Horn Gallery
Tu. Nov. 6 – Portland, ME – State Theatre *
Wed. Nov. 7 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount*
Thu. Nov. 8 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre*
Fri. Nov. 9 – Norfolk, VA – NorVa*
Sat. Nov. 10 – Raleigh, NC – Meymandi Concert Hall*
Mon. Nov. 12 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium*
Wed. Nov. 14 – Augusta, GA – Miller Theater*
Thu. Nov. 15 – Tampa, FL – Tampa Theatre*
Fri. Nov. 16 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre*
Sat. Nov. 17 – Memphis, TN – Orpehum Theatre*
*support for Iron & Wine