AdHoc Presents


Jane Herships, Elijah

Wed · May 9, 2018

8:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Ohm is an electrical resistance between two points of a conductor; OHMME lives in that resistance creating electric chaos between the two points of Chicago’s Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart. The energy from their musical upbringings enabled the two to create a vocal project that combines flawless harmonies with a gnarled guitar backbone. They veer towards experimentation while keeping tune in mind, choosing to push each other when they clash and following the sound rather than holding themselves to a rigid set of standards on how chords should be performed and arranged. Their resulting sound is at once familiar yet beautifully unconventional.
Both Cunningham and Stewart were classically trained from a young age and lead vocalists in previous projects. Cunningham spent her formative musical years in The Chicago Children’s Choir before playing keyboards and singing in rock and folk bands, and recording her first solo album at the age of 15. Stewart began learning both piano and violin at 3 and went on to become a founding member of the bands Kids These Days and Marrow. Eventually they were connected via the Chicago improvisational music scene and their mutual attraction to chaos and harmony in music. In 2014 they began working on the project that would become OHMME (a play on the French term for man.)

The duo’s self-titled debut, OHMME, was engineered and produced by Dorian Gehring at Fox Hall Studios in Chicago. Cunningham and Stewart play all the instruments on OHMME and are joined by Jeff Parker (Tortoise) on guitar on the song “Bully Clouds.” As with many of the songs on the EP, the opener “Woman” was “recorded with the intention of being in your face and confident while retaining a melodic core,” says Stewart. “We recorded the drums together on one kit so there would be a cacophony of cymbal and snare hits which really reflect the attitude of the song itself, enabling it to become something new within its own destruction. It’s about navigating through old relationships and feelings while taking care of business and moving on with life.”

OHMME's self-titled, debut EP was released on vinyl for the first time with two exclusive songs and digitally reissued with new artwork on June 30th via their own label, Fox Hall Records; a full US tour was routed in support of the release including dates as support for Iron & Wine. They recently completed recording their first full-length and are making plans for its release in 2018.
Elijah grew up in the town of Woodstock, New York; nestled within the luscious Catskill Mountains. He spent his high school days playing with various bands, playing everything from hardcore punk… to reggae. As a well-known arts community, Elijah had the great pleasure to watch some of the greats perform throughout the town. He spent his days at The Levon Helm Studio, watching the great Levon perform with his band, & in local studios like Dreamland, witnessing the recording process of some of his most beloved albums. With the drive & inspiration given to him by the Hudson Valley, he went & studied in a small composition program at The Music Conservatory of Purchase, where he studied with fellow classmates, Mitski, Photay, and home of alumni Dan Deacon, Porches, Langhorne Slim, etc…

At the Conservatory he began working with various musicians & producers. The talent was unreal & this began the next chapter of his musical life. Inspired by the folk music of the Catskills, he went on to self-release an EP that lead to a three year running Subaru commercial on national television. & then a feature in the Showtime Series Shameless. & on & on & on… Eventually this lead to touring and major festival appearances. "It was unreal to play such large venues. When making that EP I had no clue it would lead to so many great experiences like playing the Beacon Theatre, or getting to travel all over the world performing this music. It made me want to challenge myself, and make something with far more experience and knowledge."

While studying in school he was invited back up to the Catskills to work on some original music in Sun Mountain Studio with Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers, The Duke & the King/Lumineers producer) & producer David Baron. Within the year following these sessions, Elijah was invited out on a national Theatre tour with the legendary Gipsy Kings. He graduated, moved to Brooklyn, & then left within weeks after leaving school to embark on the most incredible journey of his life. Him, producer/drummer Trevor Fedele, & guitarist Stu Pender went out playing for thousands of people a night, playing theaters such as The Beacon Theatre in NYC, Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Ravinia Festival in Chicago & so many more incredible spots. The guys came back & played headline shows all over their home of NYC working with Bowery Presents, Communion, & other great NYC-based companies.

After coming back home from tour Elijah received an invitation to go play a sold out show in Paris, France at L'Olympia Theatre with The Gipsy Kings. After that he travelled down to Montpellier in the South of France to work on new music with The Gipsy Kings in the studio. Coming back they hit CMJ, played all over, did small runs all across the East Coast & then buckled down to work on the first official release of Elijah. The boys joined up with fellow classmates Dylan Debiase (bass), Juno Arreglado (synth/keyboards), & Zach Berns (drums.) Together the guys closed the doors on their Brooklyn Music Studio, & got to work.

"I was so inspired by all of the Brooklyn noises. The Machinery, the bands, the electronics, the buildings… inspired by some of the greats like Arthur Russell, Smiths. & influenced by the current music of New York; like Blood Orange and Porches. Inspired, I began making dance music."

Now, in 2016… the band is finished with the first EP "How's Annie", inspired by the Cult Classic TV series Twin Peaks, which Elijah found a deep connection with when going through this musical transition. "As I was searching the world for influences, I decided to watch the David Lynch classic, which lead me to a wave of creations detailing this experience. Lynch successfully created a story bridging the gap between experimental avant garde & pop. Much like the soundtrack, the story is inspired by traditional folklore, brought to life by modern experimentation." He adds, "'How's Annie' is a question asked in the show, yet it is barely a question. It is more of a statement, which explores the depths of love, surrender, and darkness." This would set the stage for the EP.

It's been quite a ride so far, & the boys are excited to put out this new music, & show the world what they've been working on…
Venue Information:
140 Wilson Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11237