Gently, ohnomoon’s, “Sleeping Limbs” creeps slowly into a guitar fueled, distortion ridden onslaught of sound and tension. Their debut release centers around a chillingly poignant lyric, “Protect me from what I want,” and hints at a theme of issues with trust and companionship. Vocalist Kat Lee has a beautiful, sultry tone to her voice, that is dubbed and echoed to match the sonic force of the louder than life guitars and shuffling drum beats. ohnomoon has only released one track to date and gigs frequently in nyc. Lead singer Kat Lee answered these questions:
What’s the significance of your name?
"ohnomoon" is a moniker that I originally came up with for demos that I was creating very quietly in a tiny apartment. I think it has a certain tone which suits the music but I was never so much concerned with what it meant, as I was interested in how it sounded and looked as a thing. To me, it's a visually pleasing grouping of letters, a lot of round shapes that flow, and it's nice on the tongue.
Where are you all originally from, and how did you come together as a group?
Ray was born in California, Corey was born in Atlanta, Graham is from Elmira, New York, and everyone made their way into the city of New York at one point or another. I was born and raised here. Corey and Graham were in a band called The King Left that broke up, and I was looking to flesh out demos and had approached Ray for help. Everyone was looking for the next step and we were two halves that fit together really nicely.
"Sleeping Limbs" focuses on the lyric, "Protect me from what I want," I was wondering what inspired you to make this song, and its lyrical content?
For me, Sleeping Limbs is about sitting in that half state between waking and dreaming. As far as specific lyrics go, I feel like explanation requires a very direct approach - the intent to take the
thing apart as clearly and quickly as possible. I can explore, live in places in a song that would be hard for me to talk about, that I might not have any interest in dissecting in conversation. It's like
painting: you can paint the object, but you can also paint the space around the object, the shadows, and you can imply the object. It's all story telling. I always want to create a mood or head space that feels familiar and honest, so I hope that whatever resounds most with the
listener is intuitive, like the feeling you can get from a shared look or a touch.
You've stated that the band formed to "play music you want to listen to." What are some of the bands that you frequently listen to?
A: I listen a lot to an "Ultimate David Bowie Mix" that someone very dear gave to me at the beginning of summer. It always makes me feel good without fail. Grizzly Bear, Department of Eagles, Deerhunter. Radiohead's Kid A to feel like you are somewhere strange yet familiar. It's an album full of moving colors.
I understand you are presently in the studio recording new music. Where are you recording the tracks and how is it all progressing?
A: I'm quite proud to say that we've been super DIY about all of it, recording and mixing as much as we can on our own. Our friends at Terminator Smile have helped us with drum recording, mixing and mastering, and they have some neat vintage equipment that they've kindly let us play around with. Doing things on our own has been a slow process, and can get really intense, but is also really rewarding.
Your bassist, Raymond Blanco has recently passed away, I am terribly sorry for your loss, if you feel comfortable speaking about it, I would like to ask, what does this mean for ohnonoom?
Thanks for your words. In this incredibly difficult time, while we like many others struggle to move forward, we honor Raymond's memory and hold fast to our shared dream to create and play music together. Our thoughts and hearts continue to go out to his family and loved ones.
" I can explore, live in places in a song that would be hard for me to talk about, that I might not have any interest in dissecting in conversation. "