OHN

OHN

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"This is not an outfit that produces sterile ‘electronica’ and barely notices the audience - these people know how to get it on for a live show." - Marsha Mann

Biography

OHN is a band that defies categorization; an interesting amalgam of diverse artists and genres that converge so seamlessly and well that you can easily convince yourself that they are together, playing, rehearsing, and recording 24/7.

They are not—although they do rehearse more before a live performance—but their ability to find the same sonic groove is no accident. Each of the members brings an impressive musical pedigree to the stage and studio and, more importantly, an attitude that pushing the boundaries outward and upward is good.

Founding father, programmer and producer, Bill “Bildeaux” Sarver, has worked on material for talented artists such as Jarboe from the Swans, Riggs from Rob Zombie, Soak (Interscope/Sire) and Laura Scarborough. Chris Forshage (guitar, horn) has played with many acts including Larry and Grass. Andrew Tachovsky is a guitar veteran, previously sharing stages with Chris in the band Pura Vida. Brad Houser (bass, sax) is a veteran of several top bands such as Critter's Buggin (Ropeadope), The New Bohemians (Geffen), and Lila's Medicine. The most recent addition is Allison Scharf, who provides sensual vocals that mix perfectly with the sultry downtempo sounds.

OHN’s material, featured on 2004’s Let’s Get It… and a 2005 release, In The End, All Things Begin, starts with Bildeaux generating rhythm tracks with a bass line and maybe a keyboard part or two. Members of the group then come in to lay down their parts, then Bildeaux edits, chops, samples and creates parts out of the various performances, and an OHN track is created.

It’s a process that has some techno-structure, but it is not devoid of soul. OHN brings energy and emotion to their live performances, with artists riffing on the basic structure of the songs.

“This is not an outfit that produces sterile ‘electronica’ and barely notices the audience,” wrote Marsha Mann in Insite Magazine. “These people know how to get it on for a live show."

For vocalist Scharf, involvement in OHN opened a new musical channel. “I played in an alt-rock band for several years, and I felt like I was constantly battling to be heard over the drums and distortion,” she says. “With electronica, I feel like I can utilize my voice in more ways: I can try for breathy, husky, soft, more aggressive, lower notes, higher notes.....whatever I think suits the song.”

As you’d expect, the musical influences that flavor OHN’s work are stunningly diverse, yet the band members are on the same page when it comes to applying it to their recording and performances. Sarver sums it up: “I am constantly listening to music of all genre types. I often hear old tunes and say "man, we gotta try that". I approach each track as an experiment to see if I can push my abilities and the musicians I work with to achieve something we have not accomplished before. That constant demand for something new is what keeps things exciting for me.”

OHN’s fans know that any given album—or track—can be different from the last; an OHN album often covers many genres of music. “We’re always looking to experiment and push our musical abilities as far as we can,” Sarver says.

Check out OHN’s website at www.letsgetitohn.com for the latest news, information and upcoming show schedule.

Lyrics

Attention

Written By: Allison Scharf

Found me last night.
Not feeling so well
No one could hear my crying

My heart brings
Trouble for reasons
I am ashamed keeping to myself

Those things I do
Speak more than words do
Please pay attention

Actions speak louder
than all my words do
Please pay attention

A new girl tomorrow
Feeling so well
My eyes are dancing with pleasure

Healed my deep scars
For reasons amazed
You gave me some attention

The World Is Beautiful

Written By: Allison Scharf

Wake up

Can't go

I can't leave

The morning has come way too soon

Alarm off

Every day repeats

Can I feel what's real?

No, I keep it same

Mind closed

Phone rings

Turn it on

Bright lights

Constant hum

Recycled air

Rule of thumb

Can't be mean

Gotta play it nice

Can I keep it real?

No, I keep it same

Embrace the day if you can

The world is beautiful

Live while you can

Embrace the day if you can

The world is beautiful

Live while you can

Big Lie

Written By: Jason Decuir

Say nothing

Tell no one

And when it happens

Act surprised

Say nothing

Tell no one

And when it happens

act surprised.

Your face will betray you

You know the body never lies

Your words will do no harm

Please act surprised

Big Lie

Anything to string people all along

Big Lie

Now we know every word to your sad song

Should have known better

Should have known better

Should have seen through your lies

Stick your story

Keep saying one and one is one

Most people

Believe you

And know the Big Lie has begun.

Any Way U Look At It

Written By: Allison Scharf

Your life could be so much better

Your life could be so sweet

Look up and keep your eyes open

Then everything will be ok

Rise up and ask the hard questions

Just listen and the truth will be

Rise up and ask the hard questions

Just think and the truth will be

Any way you look at it you won't lose

Any way I look at it you can lose

You think your life is so pretty

Why do you act so so mad

What you are is spoiled and pathetic

Your problems they are not nothing new

Stand up and ask the right questions

Stop acting so mad

Stand up and ask the right questions

Use your mind and things can really change

Be With Me

Written By: Allison Scharf

Open my mouth to speak

But I can barely breathe

There are no words to say

And my heart just bleeds

Where did my voice go

I gave it away

You said it was no good

So I gave it away

Didn't trust its value

So I gave it away

I gave it all, gave it all away

Be with Me

Think with Me

Say it with me, we'll do better next time

Be with me

Think with me

Say it with me, we'll do better next time

Where did you voice go?

You gave it away

You didn't care you didn't care

Where did your voice go

You gave it away

I am so ashamed, now all we can do is blame

Mistakes are my inspiration

Oh my inspiration

How sad it is

How sad it will be

Everytime I think about it

Be with me

Think with me

Say it with me, we'll do better next time

Be with me

Think with me

Say it with me, we'll do better next time

We'll do better next time

Where did my voice go?

I gave it away.

So……So…..?

These Politics

Written By: Allison Scharf

I am losing myself

Over things I cannot fight

How do I choose between the left and right

It takes confidence to move

But I don't the have the confidence to lose

What's the point in placing blame

When those in charge just play the game

I'm out to prove I'm not a fool for you

I'm out to prove I won't lose my mind over this

These politics.

How about if I take off

Your dirty stained clothes

How much time will it take

To show off who you are


It takes confidence to move

Now I have confidence to lose

What the point in placing blame

A girl like me is not ashamed

I'm out to prove I'm not a fool for you

I'm out to prove I won't lose my mind over this

Now I can see

You're the one who's a fool

Now I believe

You will lose your mind over this.

These politics

Discography

"Revolutionary Revolution" - Released April 3rd 2007. Stand out tracks receiving airplay are "Dear Prudence", "Any Way U Look At It","Big Lie" and "Be With Me."

"Let's Get It..." - Released May 18th 2004. Stand out tracks receiving airplay are "Regret", "Dusk" and "Crawlspace".

"In The End, All Things Begin" - Released June 20th 2005. Tracks receiving airplay are "While You Were Sleeping", "Talking With Shadows", "You Still Haunt Me", "Ijo People" and "Supernova".

Set List

Set list can range from 30 minutes to 1 hour or more covering material from all three albums.

Typical set:

Easy to break them
The world is beautiful
Big Lie
Attention
Any way you look at it
Somewhere new
Talking with shadows
Spun Around
Dear Prudence
These Politics
Things you do