Melissa Auf der Maur (MAdM) is set to unveil the first chapter of her multimedia solo project Out of Our Minds (OOOM) with a new album set for release on May 3rd. Dynamic, multilayered and independently produced, OOOM is a 21st century concept project that includes a solo album, short film, comic book, live performances and gallery presentations. The Out of Our Minds album is the follow-up to MAdM’s acclaimed 2004 solo debut, Auf der Maur, and will be released in the UK by Roadrunner Records.
The OOOM album consists of 12 powerful tracks produced and mixed by top-flight creative collaborators including Jordon Zadorozny (Sam Roberts), Chris Goss (QOTSA, UNKLE), Alan Moulder (Depeche Mode, Smashing Pumpkins), and Mike Frazer (Franz Ferdinand, ACDC). The album features a notable special duet with legendary Goth rocker Glenn Danzig on “Father’s Grave.” Other standout tracks are "Meet Me On The Dark Side" and “22 Below,” which highlights MAdM’s ability to fuse her bass rifts with captivating melodies.
An essential component of OOOM is the 28-minute, HD film starring and conceived by MAdM under the direction of Tony Stone (Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America) . The film was first shown at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as at World Con's 67th Annual Sci-Fi Convention, garnering widespread critical praise. Last October, the OOOM film was added as an installation piece and contemporary interpretation to an international showcase of pre-Raphaelite painter, J.W. Waterhouse’s work at the Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts.
The OOOM film will continue to do festival and gallery runs, and will be released as part of a deluxe box set exclusively at xmadmx.com. The limited edition OOOM Comic Book - 12 pages illustrated by Brooklyn artist Jack Forbes - and matching Picture Disc Vinyl are also currently available via xmadmx.com.
Auf der Maur says of the project, “OOOM began as a song. It was mid first decade of the 21st Century and technology had just begun to dismantle the music business towers. It was the best thing that could’ve ever happened to me. The landscape changed and I began to morph my roots in visual arts with the music. The many portals of OOOM invite listeners and viewers to discover on their own, at their own pace and in their own space. If you’re listening, Come in...”
Born and raised in Montreal Canada with a Fine Arts education, Melissa Auf der Maur (MAdM) spent 1994-1999 as a member, songwriter and bass player of Hole, culminating in the Grammy and Billboard nominated album “Celebrity Skin” (Geffen Records). In 2000 she joined the Smashing Pumpkins for their farewell world tour.
In 2004 Capitol Records/EMI released Auf der Maur, her debut solo album. The album, with the charted successes of Followed the Waves and Taste You, sold more than 200,000 copies and was supported by 180 live shows worldwide.
MAdM’s artistic journey has taken her through various art forms. Her photography has been published in Spin, Elle, Nylon and American Photo among others, and exhibited internationally. She has toured and collaborated with bands and members of QOTSA, Marilyn Manson, The Cure, k-os, NIN, Muse, Ryan Adams, Ric Ocasek and more. In addition to her passion for collaborating, she has remained consistently dedicated to pursuing her solo work and has maintained her position as an influential, passionate, relevant and indefinable artist over the last 15 years.