February 26, 9pm–10pm
Available until March 26
The OBGMs are a Toronto-based, Black-fronted punk band, which is important in a rock and roll landscape so often defined by and reduced to the music of white artists. Inspired by the Black artists who came before them, the band – composed of vocalist/guitarist Densil McFarlane, drummer Colanthony Humphrey and bassist Joseph Brosnan – hopes to inspire the next generation of Black musicians who will follow.
Presented in Partnership with Wavelength Music.
Artist: The OBGMs
The OBGMs – vocalist/guitarist Densil McFarlane, drummer Colanthony Humphrey and bassist Joseph Brosnan – aren’t your typical rock band. “This is a Black-fronted punk band, and that’s really important,” McFarlane says. “Rock n’ roll is mostly white suburban kids – that’s what gets promoted. But we are Black and we are out here. I was inspired to make rock music when I saw a Black guy onstage, and if someone sees that in us, I hope it will inspire a new generation to go after this.”
The band’s 2020 album The Ends was recorded at Dream House Studios in their hometown of Toronto with Grammy and Juno award–winning producer Dave Schiffman (Trash Talk, PUP, Rage Against the Machine). Tracks like hard-hitting single “Cash” slice through the stereo field with a serrated guitar edge and streetwise punk sneer, while “Not Again” delivers a middle finger to old ways and self-defeating mindsets – all set to a slamming beat and roiling spitfire cadence.
Event Partner: Wavelength Music
Wavelength Music is a curated concert series designed to champion creativity, co-operation and collaboration in the independent music and arts scenes. Established in 2000, we are a non-profit arts organization that puts artists and the community first. A cornerstone of the Toronto music scene, Wavelength Music has championed literally thousands of emerging artists during its two decade-plus run.