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Combining members of a dozen local projects, Oklahoma City's Eden Sharmaine drops its debut album



Eden Sharmaine with Pretty Black Chains, For the Atlantic and more
8 p.m. Saturday
the Conservatory
8911 N. Western
Anything goes for Eden Sharmaine. The band soaks in the diverse stylings of practically every musical genre: rock, folk, pop, even the "raw, rocking music" of Charlie Parker, and churns out a sound that's completely new.

With more than a dozen previous projects among the act's six members, it's easy to see how creating a uniform sound would be somewhat tricky, but that's just how the Oklahoma City group likes it.

"We all have so many different takes in our music, but we can pull it in a general direction for a single idea or song," said lead guitarist and vocalist Jon King. "That's the greatest part of this band: that no design or conception gets thrown away."

Formed from a mash-up of side projects through bassist Adam Myrick, Eden Sharmaine initially focused on reworking songs that each member had been writing separately.

"Things started to take an interesting turn when we decided to add Josh (Simpson) on saxophone and Cassie (Neahring) on violin. It seems like things just fell together for us to create what we have now," said frontman and guitarist Evan Crowley.

The group had a big break in August when it won the University of Central Oklahoma's 2009 Battle of the Bands. The members were so shocked by their win, they were unable to get out of their chairs and had to be called up to the stage a second time. A second opportunity came in December's Jingle Jam, opening for chart-topping crunkcore duo 3OH!3.

"That kind of gig is my favorite," Simpson said. "Playing with bands that just got signed really encourages us and our music."

Because Eden Sharmaine is self-managed, gearing up for Saturday's album release show has been nothing short of a full-time affair. The 10 tracks on "Our Fathers," while diverse in approach and style, cohesively intermingle. Like the band itself, the driving factor behind the work is generally unique for each member.

"For me, most of the song lyrics are about where we are in society and how we got here, literally through our past and our fathers," Neahring said. "There's an underlying message of taking control, of change and of recognizing these issues as a generation and doing something about it."

Six songs are downloadable free on The album will be sold for $5 at Saturday's concert, which the band members said will be nothing less than "an epic spectacle that no one will ever forget."

"We put so much effort and heart into our shows because we're focused on leaving a lasting impression on the audience," Crowley said. "Concertgoers can expect lively energy, interesting stage props and art, and unexpected theatrical additions to the music they've come to enjoy."

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