OPM (band)

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OPM
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Ska punk, alternative hip hop, reggae rock, alternative rock
Years active 1999–present
Labels Atlantic, Suburban Noize, MNO
Website www.opmden.com
Members John E. Necro
Geoff Turney
Jonathan Williams
Past members Matthew Meschery
Gary P. Dean
Etienne Franc
Robert Bradley
Carlos
Billy Flynn
Big B
Matt Rowe
Shane Mayo

OPM is an American band based in Los Angeles, California. OPM has a distinctive sound, combining hip hop, rock music, and pop with laid-back reggae.

Band history[edit]

Originally called "Stash",[1] the name OPM, according to the band's frontman John E. Necro, is an abbreviation of the phrase "Open People's Minds" (originally "Other People's Money"[1]). This was stated during an interview with MarijuanaRadio.com. The name also sounds like the drug opium. The band's original members were John E. Necro, Matthew Meschery and Geoff Turney, with Gary Dean and Etienne Franc later appointed permanent members in 2001. John E. and Geoff aka Casper first met on a bus ride through 2 girls they were dating in 1996. At the time John E. was a label scout at Island Records and Geoff was in a band called "Alpha Jerk". In 1997 John E. invited Geoff to do some recordings with him and his then brother-in-law Matthew Meschery.[2] After 2 years they finally managed to start writing songs and sent a 3 track demo to Atlantic Records,[1] leading them to get signed despite having never played live together. OPM released their debut album, Menace to Sobriety, in August 2000 on Atlantic Records.[3] Their debut single "Heaven Is a Halfpipe" charted worldwide and won the Kerrang! Award for Best Single. After the Menace to Sobriety tour Matthew Meschery decided to leave the band. It remains unknown why he left but John E. Necro later stated "that was the biggest blow of anyone" and "I don't think Matthew thought it through. It seemed like a really good idea when we got started, but it was more than he bargained for" during an interview in 2009.[4] As of 2007, Matthew has been working for ITVS.[5]

In 2002, they replaced Matthew with Big B and signed to Suburban Noize Records, who released three albums and two EPs. Their second album, ForThemAsses, was released in June 2004. The album was produced by OPM and Steve Gallagher. Their third album was California Poppy, released in July 2006. OPM released their fourth album, Golden State of Mind in September 2008.

The band joined the new label MNO records and released their single "Holiday Under The Sun" in 2010. In 2012 the band released a new EP called Heaven Can Wait to celebrate 13 years since the bands formation. When asked why a 13th year anniversary, John E. Necro explained the band were originally planning a 10th year anniversary, but due to a band hiatus which involved building a new studio, he claimed the 10th year "slipped past us, without realizing" and decided on 13 since it is considered an unlucky number.[6] It featured 5 re-recordings of classic songs. In 2013 they released a new single entitled "Everything's The Same In LA".

OPM released their 4th EP entitled "The Minge Dynasty" in August 2015 as well as announcing a European tour for 2015.[7] The EP features a new single called "Millionaire Like Me". Big B returns to feature on the EP, produced by Ras MG. They also plan to re-release Menace to Sobriety as a 15th year anniversary since their debut album.[8]

Members[edit]

  • John E. Necro - vocals
  • Geoff Turney - guitars
  • Jonathan Williams- keyboards


Former members[edit]

  • Matthew Meschery aka Shakey Lo the Creation Kid - vocals and programming (left 2001)
  • Alfunction - guitar (live only) (left 2001)
  • Avram Brown - guitar & keyboards (live only) (left 2001)
  • Gary P. Dean - drums (left 2002)
  • Etienne Franc - bass (left 2002)
  • Robert aka The Skatanic Mechanic Bradley - drums (left 2008)
  • Carlos Perez - drums (left 2009)
  • Big B - vocals
  • Mark Van Eps - keyboards (live only - Rock Im Park, Rock Am Ring festival 2001)
  • Billy Flynn - drums (left 2005)
  • Shane Mayo - drums
  • Matt Rowe - bass

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Outlaws, Perverts and Misfits (2004)
  • In the OPMDEN (June 18, 2006)
  • Heaven Can Wait (September 22, 2012)
  • The Minge Dynasty (August 25, 2015)

Singles[edit]

From Menace to Sobriety:

From ForThemAsses:

From The Minge Dynasty:

  • "Millionaire Like Me" (2015)

Non-Album Singles

  • "Holiday Under The Sun" (2010)[14]
  • "Everything's The Same In LA" (2013)[15]

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