From Denver, Colorado, Mega Gem is the quirk-pop brainchild of songwriter Oliver Holloway. Since 2010 the band has operated as a kind of musical hostel, with members drifting in and out, each adding their own spice to the Holloway’s song-stew. At the core, Mega Gem’s songs are a sonic tapestry of indie-punk sensibilities and cacophonic anthems. The band’s numerous cast of characters transform the music into a ramshackle symphony of unbridled eclecticism. The musical equivalent of a confetti cannon, often decorated by the charming whimsy of nine-year-old bandmate Mia Bandy.
Mega Gem’s 2012 debut album, Colors Of The West, featured more than 40 musicians, and was hailed by Denver Westword as “a hyper collection of anthemic melodies and ascending choruses that maintain their rock simplicity in the presence of such an epic collection of instruments.” In the years that followed Mega Gem slimmed down to a core group of Holloway, Clark Walker, Jenn Rahn, Tomas Campos, Davy Timm, and Mia Bandy (who had to sit out bar shows and be accompanied by her mother on tour).
Once shaved down to a six-piece, various members of the band began writing and contributing their own songs to the group. Following this renewed burst of creativity, Mega Gem took their merry band of troubadours on the road. In February 2015 Mega Gem will release an EP that was recorded live at their show in New York City during their summer 2014 tour. This eight-track release showcases the bands ability to still capture that larger than life sonic experience, though with more tact and grace than the band’s previous efforts. Mega Gem also plans to release a second EP, a remix of Colors Of The West featuring only the orchestral arrangements, later in the spring. The band has already begun recording their sophomore album at Denver’s new Ghost House Studio, with plans of releasing it in the fall.