Of Dreams & Madness
Of Dreams And Madness is a spider spinning a web of emotions and philosophies with it's music. But the spinnerets of this hard-rock (light-metal) band produce more than just a sticky discharge that catches flies; these guys have bigger prey in mind. And the secret weapon that sets this group apart from it's peers? FUN. ODAM is a fun and entertaining act with a wide appeal that - refreshingly - has maintained it's artistic integrity by creating a unique and expressive musical experience. ODAM has a history that has come full circle. Between '98 and '00, the four-piece assaulted the Connecticut metal scene under the name Dirge. It was a hell of a 2-year ride for the group, which crashed just prior to (and because of) the release of their 1st album. Fast forward to 2003 when Collard, Giacchi and Potvin reformed under the ODAM moniker. The purpose: to have fun transforming 80's pop songs into ass-kicking metal tunes. After making their own the works of Gloria Estefan, Wham and others, the trio quickly realized ODAM's potential and with a better understanding of themselves and the industry, decided to reenter the local music scene. In 2006, the band recorded their debut album of (mostly) original music, for which Laperle was invited as a guest vocalist. 2007 marked the official reunion and ODAM was a quartet once more, doing what they do best: having fun rocking out. From heavy grooves and gripping melodies to insightful lyrics and energetic shows, this band has something for everyone; but don't take it from us (we are biased, after all), check out ODAM and let experience be your guide. Frontman Daryl Laperle is metal incarnate. Bringing a sense of vitality wherever he goes, Daryl can't help but infuse the band with unbridled energy. He is a master of the spotlight and a veteran vocalist of the local metal scene. Always engaging, soulful and heartfelt (even when he's singing about being disengaged, soulless and heartbroken), Daryl is a truly charismatic entertainer. He is the fire in the band's belly. A must see on stage! Bassist / singer Jon Collard's musical talents have always been impressive: from his early jazz days (trombone, trumpet, piano) to his innovative bass playing skills (forged from various metal projects) to his dynamic, yet always powerful voice. In addition to his versatile musicianship, Jon also contributes a wealth of ideas to the band's writing process by bringing out the progressive, melodic and groove sides of the group. A melting pot of influences, Jon is certain to amaze from start to finish. Guitarist Mike Potvin is a born rock-star. Growing up listening to rock legend Slash of Guns N Roses and virtuoso Jim Matheos of Fates Warning, Mike brings the balls and chunk to the band. However, he is not limited to generic power chords; Mike has an extensive music theory background and is perfectly comfortable softening things up. Utilizing his 7-string guitars, his rocking parts are always tasteful and original. And bringing up the rear is drummer John Giacchi. Employing a great deal of adaptability, John is more than just a simple timekeeper; he has a distinct musical identity within the band. Adopting the philosophy that drums can be just as musical as any "melodic" instrument, his creative parts tie together the band package. From thunderous double-bass beats to syncopated funk grooves to Tool-esque odd meters to good ol' rock and roll, John does it all - and it is always fun to watch him do it. These individuals of very vast musical upbringings are Of Dreams And Madness - a band that is sure to leave it's audience with a powerful and lasting impression.