Post Modern Connection
"The five-piece band plays with and intensity that draws in its listeners and pulls out of us some deep 'feels'. Though they are young and recently formed, their sound is large and commanding, unique and soulful, emotional and rhythmic. I looked at my husband with wide eyes... we had stumbled upon some real musical genius and it was exciting to be there at their emerging."
First time I saw Tega, George and the whole PMC band was on a jaunt my family and I made to Kelowna from Saskatchewan. It was an exploratory trip to see if we wanted to move to the Okanagan... Ok, fine... who doesn't want to move here! I definitely did, it was just the feasibility of relocating our whole family and the "should we pursue this dream" trek across the Rocky Mountains from the prairies that had us on this family tour.
We were invited by some Kelowna friends, to a local talent concert held in a school close by. We decide to go and take our four kids along with us, not having too many options of activities (it was early April). There were some good solo and full band acts but the night was getting long and our kids were getting tired. They begged us to leave, but we stuck it out to hear one of the last acts of the night, Post Modern Connection. The name sounded more like an extracurricular group for philosophy majors than a musical ensemble, but we waited while the 5 piece band set up.
These young college guys got out onto the stage and filled the auditorium with the wailing of the guitar. The lead singer Tega opened his mouth to sing and we all sat glued to the chairs. The wide range of notes that he juggled vocally were like a cry, echoing out into the space, sending shivers up my spine. The five-piece band plays with and intensity that draws in its listeners and pulls out of us some deep feels. Though they were young and recently formed, their sound was large and commanding, unique and soulful, emotional and rhythmic. I looked at my husband with wide eyes... we had stumbled upon some real musical genius and it was exciting to be there at their emerging.
Fast forward one and a half years and George, Tega, and I are all sitting at Canoe Coffee roasters in downtown kelownagetting to know each other. My family and I had made the move to Kelowna(!!) and meanwhile, their band kept growing. I heard them play a few other times and eventually asked if they would be interested in being featured on my blog. As a photographer, blogger, and music lover, I was excited to hang out with these musicians. One of the reasons I started Rare Bird Blog was to get to know and appreciate artists in my own community.
What am I struck by as I'm sitting across from these two? There's a depth about them that is interesting and intriguing. These guys are classy, a bit goofy, easy to talk to, these guys love to have fun, and each of them are conscientious citizens of the world. Tega and George grew up in far away continents, Africa and the Middle East, both herald different cultures yes... and both, with their music, as well as their other pursuits, have something to contribute to the modern culture at large. Their interest in international business has led the band to perform at Music for a Cause, a fundraiser for water solutions in Africa. Tega is part of Enactus Okanagan College, and organization that is.
"taking action by innovating solutions and developing entrepreneurial skills, our team is pushing towards a better and more sustainable future for all."
He is passionate about bringing industry and purpose to meet different communities needs in a way that educates and empowers.
As artists and close friends, the co-founders of PMC vibe off each other in writing songs and in the way they talk, laugh, goof around and fight for the last burrito. The photography can attest to that! Tega stated that they do music for the love, for the experience of it. They enjoy travel and seeing old friends, they love playing and creating. They are talented guys... Not just in music, George in math and technology; Tega in business and international relations.
With their feet planted solidly on the ground, their vision is set for being participants in culture, living fully, traveling, asking hard questions and putting their money where their mouth is. They crave action over inaction and this is where their efforts lift off the ground and start flying!
Wanna hear their music? Click the youtube video below and check them out on Spotify or where ever you get your music!