Naam is a psychedelic rock band from Brooklyn, New York.
Naam was formed in early 2009 by guitarist Ryan Lee Lugar and bassist John Bundy. Following the addition Eli Pizutto on drums, they self-released Kingdom, their first EP. Buzz generated from the EP led to them being signed to Tee Pee Records later that year. October 2009 saw the release of Naam, their debut album. "Kingdom", which runs for 16 minutes, was used as the album's opening track. The LP was followed by a United States tour as a supporting act for bands such as Orange Goblin and Nebula. In November 2010, they supported Priestess in the US. In 2011, they toured Europe with and released a 7" record consisting of Nirvana covers.
In 2012, Naam released another EP, entitled The Ballad of the Starchild Vol. 1. The EP contained five new songs and is the first installment in an ongoing project. The song "Star Child" was accompanied by a music video. To support this release, Naam had their first headlining tour in Europe. At this time, keyboardist Johnny "Fingers" Weingarten was added as a permanent, regular member of Naam. Naam spent much of late 2012 recording their second album, Vow.
On April 3, 2013, Vow's title track was made available for streaming on SPIN.com. In the accompanying review for the single, SPIN declared that "Vow" "plunges deeper into the void, fusing chugging guitar riffs, elliptical electronic, and disembodied vocal harmonies" 3 This was followed by more touring in Europe.
The completed album was released in all formats on June 4, 2013. It received positive reviews, garnering an 8 out of 10 from Decibel and a 7 out of 10 from PopMatters, which made note of the increased presence of Weingarten, shorter song lengths, and "a stronger injection of soul". A United States tour for the album began in early July and concluded in late August.
On August 22, 2013, Naam made a post on their Facebook page strongly hinting that they would soon be touring Europe again.
From Naam's Myspace page:
"Disgusted by the lack of heavy, psychedelic rock and roll, We deliver our deafening sermon to bring a new dawn for all civilization. The vast seas cannot drown Us, the darkest caverns cannot conceal Us, We will conquer insurmountable foes. We are war, We are peace, We are time and space, We are infinite, We are Naam." 1
Naam's sound in the studio can be described as heavy Space rock. Key influences include Hawkwind, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd and 70's Krautrock. Many Naam songs have a droning quality reminiscent of contemporaries The Black Angels and Om.