ØM-53 is the Indie Pop band from New Jersey that with their Stranger Things-like sounds, are reaching people worldwide and making a name for themselves in the Jersey Music Scene. Their nostalgic 80’s inspired sound immediately transports the listener to a night at the arcade with songs like Defender, Runaways, Looking Back, and It's All Wrong, the band made a statement that their sound is here to stay. With over 900k streams in over 80 countries, the band has been able to build a solid worldwide fanbase ready to see them perform in 2021.
ØM-53 is Cris Araya, Mike Rosa, Robert Witherby, and Scott Nash. The group has performed at venues across the USA, youth conferences and has also opened for Grammy nominated singer Jaci Velasquez. The band was asked to debut on the main stage at Creation Festival 2020 opening up for Hillsong Young & Free and Chris Tomlin.
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 named 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 9-song album with songs like Seasons, Defender, Set My Heart, Hands Up, P63, 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 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 closed 2019 with over 600k streams and listeners in at least 75 countries worldwide. 2020 closed with over 900K. In 2021 the band is entering a new chapter with songs like It's All Wrong and Looking Back that explore their teenage years and growing up.