"Odium is an eclectic 4 piece hailing from the heartland. Odium began as a band of brothers, each a talented musician of unknown quantity. Although they had previously toured with other musicians creating highly inspired original sounds, the bonds they found together as two sets of brothers formed a new family and an exceedingly unrivaled sound.
"Since their inception, the brothers of Odium have continually evolved as artists, intellectuals, and members of the human race. Evidence of their constant change and growth can be heard in their imaginative and progressive music.
"Whether listening to the album or one of their mind-blowing live performances, audiences find themselves mesmerized by the intricacies. Odium's music is a cathartic whirlwind of radical rhythmic melody and relentless yet savvy soothing guitars."
- from their Number One Music page
Often called the best kept secret in the Midwest, Odium took a different approach to music and the scene. The songs came first and shows were limited. The first self-titled album, commonly referred to as the 'Black Album', was recorded at Catamount Studios and released in 2004. Over 6000 copies were sold with no support from Des Moines radio or press.
Odium spent the next 2 years writing and performing all over the Midwest and began to make a name for itself. Odium began concentrating on bringing regional acts to Des Moines as well as finding locals who deserved exposure. Leaning heavily on the awesomeness of JC and Nancy Wilson of the House Of Bricks, Odium began using elaborate stage shows and shenanigans to showcase what a live show could be...
Jim Corigliano on the band's shows: 'As for the shows, we really wanted to set ourselves apart. People were complaining that all local shows were becoming more expensive and all the bands did was stand there. So we decided to reduce the cost of our shows and put on something that they didn't get to see very often and that they wouldn't readily forget. We also made it a point of pride never to keep any money from our shows... that always went to the other bands.'
Jim further explains: 'We purchased an elaborate lighting system. We would fog the crap out of the venue so all you could see was shadows. We made sandwiches for the audience. We had 'garage sales' during the shows where I would haggle prices while in the middle of shows. There were so many odd things we did I honestly can't remember. I think the thing that set the shows apart were that no one else was doing it. Even the touring bands that came through didn't have the crew or equipment that we had.'
- from their The Nameless Project page
Jim Corigliano - Vocals
Eric Mesenbrink - Guitars
John Mesenbrink - Bass
Jay Corigliano - Drums