About One From Many
No longer “alleged,” the melodic, guitar driven 13-track powerhouse showcases their dynamic songwriting, exploring a wide range of influences beyond their alt rock core; including elements of Gospel, Indie Pop and R&B. The debut release on independent label Olea Records, The Alleged Album was recorded at Seattle’s London Bridge Studio, where such iconic albums as Pearl Jam’s Ten, Soundgarden’s Louder than Love and Alice In Chains Dirt were tracked. It was engineered by Geoff Ott (3 Doors Down, Alice In Chains, Nickelback, Blake Lewis) and produced by Rob Daiker, whose credits include Katy Perry, The Fame Riot and Royal Bliss.
In line with the group’s national breakthrough, OFM is endorsed by Gibson Guitars, Breedlove Guitars and Gator cases. They are launching the album with dates opening for Incubus bassist Ben Kenney at the Hard Rock Las Vegas, Martini Ranch in Scottsdale and The Roxy in Los Angeles, followed by a regional summer tour performing and conducting workshops for kids in cities throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
“We took a long time to get everything perfect because most bands don’t get this kind of opportunity,” says Supina, who founded the band’s original lineup under the name FarCry and began collaborating with Josh McCormick in 2005. “We felt we would succeed as long as we were moving forward. We found that we could deal with slow but steady progress as long as we were headed in the right direction and not going backwards. All the elements had to be in place for us to take this to the next level.”
“Having dealt with the comings and goings of various musicians for a long time, I’ve come to see that being in a band is like committing to a marriage,” he adds. “You have to want the same things and work together to achieve that. The music is like the child, and each member must be committed not only to giving birth to it, but helping it grow and evolve properly. We feel that the songs on The Alleged Album give an accurate picture of what we’re capable of as songwriters. Our vision was not compromised.”
While under the name “FarCry,” the band achieved a great deal of initial success, opening for major rock acts (Everclear, 3 Days Grace, Presidents of the United States of America, Days of the New, Floater, Landon Pigg), appearing on the syndicated “Mark and Brian” radio show and receiving regional airplay for their two popular EPs. Experiencing the heartbreak of how internal problems and a lack of a solid foundation can derail all of that, Supina came up with the name One From Many to highlight the cooperative concept of the band he and McCormick created from the wreckage of the first. “The goal was creating a band where individual egos give way to whatever is best for the band as a whole,” he says.
While the core of OFM is Supina, McCormick, bassist Joe Von Hagen & Josh “Trigger” Elie, the band has a unique rotating collective of secondary members (that Supina likens to a supporting cast on a TV show) both live and on The Alleged Album. These include drummer Mike Smith, guitarist James Kerridge, Eli Russell (who does a guest spot on guitar on the track “Promises, Promises”) and producer Rob Daiker (who besides producing, plays a little of everything on The Alleged Album).
The moniker One From Many has another meaning as well that ties in perfectly with the patience of the band’s rapidly growing fan base. “From our standpoint,” says Supina, “we want to give credit to everyone that has been a part of our wild musical journey, including the fans, and calling the band One From Many was a way to let them know we consider everyone a part of what we are doing. The fans are as much a part of what we do as the band members and we encourage them to take part in any way they can. Their support over the years, and yes, their patience, deserves nothing less.”
The Alleged Album gets off to a blazing start with the incisive power-pop of “Retrospective,” which addresses the regret they believe a former band member who was not fully committed would have down the line. A very personal lyricist, Supina addresses his own stubbornness and dealing with a hard time in his life on “Headstrong” (“as close to modern rock as we get”), then digs deep into a particularly harrowing episode from his heartbreaking failed marriage on the searing, edgy indie alt rocker “Evil Silence”—a track he calls a breakthrough for the bands’ songwriting chemistry. The infectious, anthem-like “Consider” features some of Supina’s most universal lyrics about questioning choices and starting over. His favorite song on the album is the acoustic driven, ethereal pop/rocker “Shape Of Your Heart,” which directly addresses his darkened relationship with his ex.
Exploring the band’s deeply spiritual side, “Iscariot” finds the singer on his knees begging to be delivered from a darkening situation. Perfectly balancing that mood is the lighter hearted “Your Eyes,” a cheerful romantic pop tune about the happy beginnings of a relationship. Expanding beyond the experiences of Supina’s own life, the rhythmic, emotionally compelling “Neda” is a highly charged, socially conscious response to a young female Iranian martyr bleeding out after being murdered by secret police during a protest. “I see this song as the band’s olive branch to those who suffer such oppression, and a statement that we all have commonalities” the singer says.
“Despite our cultural difference, it’s hard not to feel compassion.” Following the next two tracks, the scorching “Drift” and “Promises Promises,” which he calls OFM’s “angry, anti love songs,” the band eases into a Spanish waltz on “Fool’s Gold” before bursting into the intense gospel rocker “Tears We Cry Alone,” which includes a concluding chorus that quotes from “Amazing Grace.” The Alleged Album wraps with the dreamy acoustic daydream “Stone’s Throw,” about the consequences that might ensue should we run from our problems without facing them.
“The chemistry we have formed from years working together and a spontaneous, ‘family affair’ writing style, has left no room for pretense,” Supina says, “and we are humbled by the ongoing support of our fans as well as our new label, Olea Records. We’re grateful for the opportunity to help people through our songs. The goal is to always have people connect with it in an emotional way. The power of music has always been an important thing for all of us and we’re thrilled to be in a position where we can share our experiences and allow people to find something special in it that can bring them a moment of peace in their lives.”