Get to know Oromocto Diamond - playing the Midnight Poutine showcase on Saturday
If your indie senses are tingling, it's because the next Midnight Poutine showcase concert is just over the horizon and it's going to be a super special one. Super special for a couple reasons: it's co-produced by our friends at Indie Montreal, and some of the bands are putting on crazy cool multimedia effects to match their performances. Earlier this week I checked in with Organ Mood to discuss their immersive electro-trance stylings. Below I chat with Oromocto Diamond, who will be closing out the night with a solid, heavy piece of rock. I have a feeling that when they're through, people will be screaming "Domo, Oromocto!" (I'm sorry, I couldn't resist the opportunity to make a STYX pun.)
How did you form Oromocto Diamond? How did you come up with the name? What is an Oromocto Diamond?
I once drove pass Oromocto on my way to Halifax and I instantly felt a connection to the unusual name. Oromocto is the only actual city in Canada with four Os, and this is about finding diamonds where they should not be. I wanted to play bass after years of guitars, and I wanted to work with an all star cast of weird talented friends on the recordings, while remaining a raw duo for the road.
What are your influences?
The current sound of Oromocto Diamond is mostly influenced by my musical triangle limitations and Johnny's creative drinking. The words are all about the future as a way of life. While on past projects, there was the suggestion of a possible revolution, embedded in the words and the imagery, this time the lyrics, composition, and layout in the albums all merge together to give something different; something to inspire thought that runs much deeper than what is printed on the lyrics sheet.
Has your approach to songwriting changed over time?
I used to play music every hour of every night and that would shape into intricate melodies over time. But since I started running my own label (P572), there's so much work to be done, that I have less time to play an instrument. Outside of band practice I usually have 20 minutes a day before or after a bath where I am really creative and focused and that's where my best ideas are from. I also always have a note book with me and that's the other half of where it's all happening.
What's next? Are you working on any new recordings?
There's a lot of new songs happening this summer. There will be the free download of LE CHOC D'OROMOCTO very soon and then a clear blue 7'' named OPONONI, ready just in time for the next Europe tour. More songs about too much change in too short a period of time, cognitive dissonance and the settlement of Opononi.
What are you listing to these days?
I deeply love music and I have intense nights where I only listen to one song or one riff. Lately I've mostly listened to music from Protomen, Marc Streitenfeld, Nobuo Uematsu, Jim Guthrie, OFF!, Les Goules, Marduk, Canya Reial, Plan Mort, Atari Teenage Riot and Jeanphilip.
What are you eating in your press photo? And where can I get it?
On that photo me and Johnny are eating Pizza from Gemini 1, downtown Limoilou. There's a Gemini 2 that just opened in St-Roch and it's the friendliest restaurant in town. Full of food, friends and colors. We became the mascots and house band there.