By Kennedy Pawluk
EDMONTON – The northern and southern Alberta punk scenes unite as Medicine Hat’s Ohmwar and Edmonton’s Rebuild//Repair are set to release their brand new 7-inch split.
Ohmwar singer and guitarist Brad Ohm describes that the decision to work with Rebuild//Repair came from a mutual admiration of one another.
“Their former drummer actually grew up in Medicine Hat, so they played here a lot and we both started our bands pretty much around the same time, just a few months from each other. We caught a show and I really thought they were doing loud punk rock in a kind of a very progressive and atypical manner which is what were doing too.”
Ohmwar’s side of the split consists of two tracks, one original and one cover. The original track, “A Song for Slow to Burn Records,” reflects on Ohm’s early days in the Medicine Hat punk scene. The song shouts out now defunct B.C. punk label Slow to Burn Records, a label that Ohm was highly influenced by in his formative punk years.
“They put out great stuff and the bands would always travel through, always hit up Medicine Hat and were always the nicest people… sometimes he would give us free records, you know free records for the kids. The bands, the guy himself and the label were just super inspiring to me.”
Ohmwar’s second song on the split is a cover of “Second Skin” by the ‘90s Seattle grunge band The Gits and features lead vocals by frequent Ohmwar collaborator, Jim Rissling.
Ohm elaborates: “I had always been familiar with The Gits, I was familiar with the story and I knew their sound. Jim came to one of our practices just super excited about this song. Just knowing the story, we felt it was another tribute I guess to Mia Zepata (The Gits’ lead singer) who was murdered. If you listen to the words, it’ll punch you in the heart.”
Ohmwar and Rebuild//Repair plan to release their split July 27 with a show in Medicine Hat, venue TBA.Ohmwar, paying tribute, Rebuild//Repair