mewithoutYou and OM are vastly different bands, but both of their releases have centered heavily on their own relationships to religion and spirituality. This post takes a slight peek into their pasts and what you can expect from their upcoming releases this fall and summer. Influences from Islam and Christianity abound on OM’s upcoming Advaitic Songs and mewithoutYou’s upcoming Ten Stories.


The doom metal duo OM, consisting of Sleep’s Al Cisneros and Grails‘ Emil Amos, are back for slow-motion headbanging and meditation bliss with their upcoming record, Advaitic Songs. The Drag City release comes out this July 24th and is the follow-up to their 2009 release, God Is Good.

State Of Non-Return
Haqq al-Yaqin

There are few cues and clues released into the album thus far, but some cursory research into the song titles provide some (predictable) context: Gethsemane is the place where Jesus and his disciples are said to have prayed the night before Jesus’ crucifixion, and Haqq al-Yaqin is a term in Sufi doctrines that represents a “reality of certainty” — or the unveiling of the vision of God that will be released after one departs from the world.


The upbeat and enthusiastic press release from Drag City provides some equally far-out context (and some more earthly and concrete hints into the album’s musical style):

We live in a world of non-duality. Things that seem separate, though distinct, are actually connected, as one, with the universe. We’re set to release the new album from OM, Advaitic Songs, this coming July. Advaitic Songs is distinct from, yet linked with, 2009’s God Is Good – while it maintains the singularity of purpose that informs the core sound of OM, every element of Advaitic Songs reaches further than before – it’s the band’s most focused, expansive, and imaginative document to date! We could tell you more about its awesomeness, and we will – but what we have already said is all we’re going to introduce into this time we call the present. At least, the present as you know it; Drag City being a canine with an astral sense of smell, our present includes the future and the past. Holding back on aspects of the future is a holy thing for the likes of us record-label people!

OM is now on tour in Europe. See full European tour dates here.


After a long hiatus from music, mewithoutYou have gone from being an openly Christian band to a spiritual band with a Christian backing — to a band that might be religious but certainly no longer focus on religion as much as they once did.

Their upcoming record, Ten Stories, captures, according to their press release, “the band’s favorite themes of romantic disaster and quasi-mystical speculation, offering up a collection of allegorical songs about a circus train crash in 19th century Montana. Through the fable-like interactions of fictitious animals, the songs offer up deep ponderings about human character flaws and the circle of life.”

Ten Stories will be released May 15th on the band’s own label, Pine Street. They go on tour starting May 17th, with Buried Beds and Imaginary Cities.

See our interview with mewithoutYou about spirituality, Christianity, and Sufism

w/ Buried Beds and Imaginary Cities
5/17 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
5/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
5/19 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
5/21 – Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Theatre
5/22 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
5/24 – Oklahoma City, OK @ ACM@UCO
5/25 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
5/26 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
5/28 – Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music Hall
5/29 – Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
5/30 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
6/1 – Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
6/2 – Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Tap House
6/4 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
6/5 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
6/6 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre
6/7 – Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theatre
6/8 – Lansing, MI @ The Loft at Harem Urban Lounge
6/9 – Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
6/11 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
6/12 – So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
6/13 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
6/14 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
6/15 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
6/16 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony


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