NEW JERSEY RETROWAVE SYNTHWAVE CHRISTIAN BAND
ØM-53 is the Synth-wave Pop band from New Jersey that with their Stranger Things-like sounds and faith based lyrics, are touching the hearts of people worldwide. Their nostalgic 80’s inspired sound immediately transports the listener to a night at the arcade with songs like Defender, Seasons, and Hands Up, the band made a statement that their sound was here to stay. With over 400k streams in over 60 countries, the band has been able to build a solid worldwide fanbase ready to see them perform in 2020.ØM-53 consists of songwriter and producer Cris Araya, singer Mariah Grajales, drummer
Scott Nash, and in collaboration with producer Ivan Alfaro. In September 2015 Cris was invited by his friend Donald Guillame (former
drummer for The Fugees and Grammy Award winner) to volunteer singing on a Sunday at Oasis Church NJ as a guest musician. That day Cris met David Butler and soon after, David invited Cris to join him in a church plant project located in Rutgers University where he met former lead guitar player of The Air I Breathe Jesse Butler, Scott Nash and Mariah Grajales. Cris showed the guys a few songs he wrote and invited them to join him in a music project and named it ONE. Together they released their first single “We Cry Out” under that name. The band then went through a name change and became Oasis United Music and released their first EP Holy on July 7th, 2017. This led the group to be able to perform at other venues, youth conferences and land an opening gig for Grammy nominated singer Jaci
Velasquez.
In 2018 Cris and Scott took a road trip to Nashville, Tennessee where they met the COO of  Warner Music Group and connected with Palisades, an American post-hardcore band from Iselin, New Jersey whom then inspired Cris to believe that they were capable of doing music more than just
at the church. On this road trip Scott introduced to Cris synth-wave bands like Timecop 1983, FM-84, The Midnight, amongst others and as they listened they both felt there was a need for faith-based bands in the synth-wave scene. After that road trip they renamed the band ØM-53 and recorded and released their first single “Seasons” officially as a synth-wave band. Soon after they wrote what would become a 12-song album with songs like “Seasons”, “Defender”, “Set My Heart”, “Hands Up”, “P63”, “Son of God”,
“Scars” and more.
In October of 2018 Artist and producer Chris Howland discovered the group on Instagram and
advised the band to not release the album but instead release monthly singles to create a fan base and have time to brand the project. In early 2019 ØM-53 no longer operated under the Oasis Church NJ Banner and began releasing singles once a month and were
picked up by official Spotify playlists such as New Music Friday, Sing a New Song, Pop For Life, and Indie Spirit. The band now has over 50k monthly listeners, over 20k being Spotify listeners in at least 70 countries worldwide. As ØM-53 continues to spread their smooth 80s pop sound,  the group remains true to their roots with their faith filled lyrics leaving their listeners challenged, encouraged and inspired to grow in their walk and journey with God.