In celebration of their fourth anniversary as Saskatoon’s premiere music and culture blog, Ominocity is once again throwing a party to celebrate. But it’s not just any party — it’s a total banger.
Yeah, yeah we say that every year. But this time we mean it. Why?
Because this year’s OMFEST will include performances by Volcanoless in Canada, Kay the Aquanaut, Acronyms and The Yep Yep Yeps.
Get stoked now!
OMFEST 4, a celebration of all things awesome and local, goes down on April 25th at Louis’. Now in its fourth year, OMFEST is a music festival that showcases Saskatchewan music in front of capacity audiences.
Volcanoless in Canada emerged in Saskatoon as something of an anomaly, an acoustic-based band that traversed the line between dance-punk and folk and everything in between. And despite seeming a little cumbersome in the written word, it worked. Oh did it work. Touring across North America and the U.K., the group had an undeniable attraction, a charisma rooted in the raw talent of its members and the undeniable pop appeal of the songs.
Ever listen to their albums? Sometimes we still reel over the fact that these guys didn’t make it to the big times. Their sophomore album, The Way Forward, mixed by Alex Newport (The Mars Volta, Death Cab for Cutie) and mastered by Troy Glessner (Underoath, Anberlin), is a platter of hook-laden gems and irresistible charms. But it was their live shows that truly won us over. Mitch Lysak’s croons were a glimmer of optimism that we couldn’t help but sing along with. And their collective energy, that hip-shake appeal, was palpable. Also, my god but they are handsome. Just sayin’…
And now they are back. Volcanoless in Canada have resurrected themselves, maybe for one show only. Who knows – all we know is that it’s going to be one hell of a night.
Kay the Aquanaut has been keeping busy prepping for a new album due out later this year. The emcee recently dropped the bomb via Facebook that the new album is titled STATIONWAGON, and is “100% produced by the homie Maki, recorded/mixed/edited by Factor Chandelier.” Kay also recently contributed some cuts to “Can’t Sleep” as part of the Factor-helmed single series.
Acronyms, a local four-some, are about to head out on a cross-Canada tour in promotion of their EP SIMPLECOMPLEX. The group has been playing several high-profile locals shows and wowing crowds with their unique take on densely-layered indie pop.
The Yep Yep Yeps
The Yep Yep Yeps are a Saskatoon super-group, which is mostly a code word for “contains members of other bands, just like every other local band.” Mish pish. They also cover The Yeah Yeah Yeahs in a fun way so we can get behind this whole thing.