An article by Lauren-Olivia *Liv* Simister Think back ten years ago. The first year of the 3rd millennium began, and pop music reigned supreme. In 2000, amidst all the pop-icons of the world, The O>MATICS emerged. Now, after many shows, laughs, and comic-strips, the band will celebrate their first decade together. The band calls this first decade *ten years of rock n* roll fun.* Having recently been on The Price Is Right (and winning), we can*t blame them!
So how does this band plan on celebrating their first decade together? The O>MATICS: *We*re having a 10th anniversary show at the Loop Lounge in Passaic Park, NJ on May 7th, and we*re just hoping friends and fans who have gone to our shows over the past ten years come and celebrate with us. We also have a slew of shows within the next couple of months.*
Liv: What are some things you have to have or do before a show? Chris O>MATIC (drums): Every time I*m driving to a venue, or the House O>matic, I have to listen to Appetite for Destruction by Guns N' Roses. We also all stretch before every show. * Liv: Do you ever crave a certain food or drink before or after a show? Jamie (bass): I*m a vegan, so I like to eat a lot of lentils before I play, because they just give me a ton of energy. Mark (vocals, guitar): Our dad (Mark and Chris*s) used to give us pasta, which is the reason I named one of our songs "Zitis and Meat Sauce". Chris: I don*t eat much before a show, because I*m just too excited, but as soon as that show's over, I just go crazy.
Liv: Are there any bands you would love to do a concert with? Mark: They Might Be Giants, definitely. Jamie: Flaming Lips Chris: Cake, they have such an original sound, and their dance party sound would mix well with our dance party sound.
Liv: What are some artists now that you are impressed with? The O>MATICS: Kevin Devine. We played with him, and he was awesome. He started off in clubs, and now he*s headlining festivals. Just seeing how well he*s doing for himself and his progression just amazes us.
Their shows are known for getting the crowd pumped, but if you can*t manage to see them live, check out their website omatics.net, especially the O>MATICS in Comic. Mark O>MATIC creates all the comics, and even made an O>MATICS comic book which you can order at mypalmark.com
Ten years of rock n* roll gone by, and here*s to another ten! Don*t forget to celebrate the O>MATIC*s 10th year and catch them live this month! myspace.com/theomatics