Bootleg Theater Presents
Alina Bea / OHMME
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
With Alina Bea, the door might look familiar, but what’s behind it is never quite what you expect. Alina is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and dancer making progressive pop music in Los Angeles. She intertwines inventive compositions and textures with timeless pop song structure and intimate, deeply felt lyrics, leading a voyage to deep space, but showing it to you through a familiar lens. Her recordings carry a carefully honed energy, at one turn tectonic in impact and at the next impossibly delicate.
In live performances over the past year, Alina and her band combine the sophistication of acts like Bjork and St. Vincent with the raw power of artists like Kate Bush and Fiona Apple. Alina’s background in dance contributes to a live show that transcends the expected. Her performances are both warrior-strong and disarmingly vulnerable, drawing you in and transporting you to fascinating new places.
This new group of singles, a preview of her forthcoming album, marks a pivotal moment for Alina. On her debut EP, Live Undone, released February 2016 on New Professor, she used a bedroom electro-pop palette to write through the devastating breakup of her old band and her relationship. But Alina’s new material looks to the future, both lyrically and musically. Collaborating with producer and composer Theo Karon (Robert Gomez, Cross Record, Idlewild, Liphemra), she has vastly expanded the scope and ambition of her work, drawing new influence from experimental synthesis, electronics, and the classical avant-garde. As her lyrics explore and challenge the darkness within and without, startling and complex textures drawn from acoustic instruments mesh seamlessly with experiments in timbre and tone to form a body of work that is both direct and intricate.
OHMME (FKA HOMME) IS AN EXPERIMENT IN VOICE AND SOUND BY SIMA CUNNINGHAM AND MACIE STEWART. THEY JOINED FORCES IN 2014, INSPIRED BY THE FREE IMPROVISATIONAL MUSIC SCENE IN CHICAGO AND INFLUENCED BY AVANT-GARDE ROCK. THEIR COMBINED VOCAL AND MUSICAL TALENTS YIELD AN INCREDIBLE DICHOTOMY OF HARMONY AND CHAOS THAT LEAVES THE AUDIENCE WANTING MORE. OHMME HAS BEEN COMPARED TO PJ HARVEY, NIRVANA, AND KATE BUSH, BUT THEIR INNATE CHEMISTRY CREATES SOMETHING UNIQUELY SATISFYING AND WHOLLY DIFFERENT FROM THEIR PREDECESSORS.