Monthly Archives: September 2014

Backstage Pass: Them Strangers

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a series where we introduce an independent artist from Ourtunez. This week, we talked to Them Strangers, one of our most diverse bands. Listen to their songs on

Many established artists struggle with the concept of changing up their style without sacrificing their identity. Some stick with the same technique, but their music can be repetitive. Others change it up too much, and lose their core fan base. Then there’s that select few. The ones who keep it fresh and interesting but stick to their roots. Them Strangers is that band.


Them Strangers is made up of two guitarists from the Yosemite mountains of California, Marshall Henry and Spencer Scott Holmes. They met after high school and started a glam metal band called Kabuki Shocks. After inconsistency at the drummer position and one member moving away, Henry and Holmes needed a new direction to take their music. “This is how Them Strangers began. We were listening to Eddie Vedder’s solo work and Tom Morello’s Nightwatchmen albums and saying man this is great! But also its simple, just vocals and guitars pretty much. Why don’t we try that. So we wrote some simple acoustic songs and that was the start of our trip into other genres for inspiration,” said Holmes.

Henry and Holmes have come a long way since their hair metal days and have become more diverse. The songs on their first, self-titled album (which can be found on Ourtunez) range from rock to pop rock to folk and everywhere in between. Their sound has that authentic indie vibe, especially with the soothing vocals from Henry. “The diversity to us, is our selling point. It could be a make or break for some but I like the idea of having an albums where the music is always changing. Another influence of ours is the Gorillas and change is apparent in many of their songs,” said Holmes.


The music industry is changing in today’s technological environment and artists must adapt to get their music out there in new ways. Holmes recognized this and used his other talents to get Them Strangers’ songs to the public. Outside of Them Strangers, Holmes does freelance video and animation. He creates all the music videos for Them Strangers and believes more artists should take advantage of this tool.

One video Them Strangers recorded was a cover they did for “Turning Japanese” by The Vapors.”Turning Japanese is just an awesome sounding song and just about everyone’s heard the original before. Plus we love 80’s music and Japanese culture so much. Making the song heavier, yet keeping the pop element, and throwing a ton of solos in was the key ingredients to our version. You can see our hair metal roots in that one too, especially with the video.” They want to do other covers in the future, including “Finger Bang”, a song from South Park. “A bit of comedy is always good in music. That’s why I think that bands like Steel Panther, Star Bomb, Austrian Death Machine, Arnocore, and Weird Al are so amazing!”

Them Strangers have new music in the making, about a half an albums worth. We couldn’t be more excited for more music from this versatile duo.

-Nino Munaco (

Backstage Pass: Krish Mohan

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a series where we introduce an independent artist from Ourtunez. This week, we talked to Krish Mohan, our very first stand-up comedian. Listen to his jokes on Krish6 It takes a lot of balls to go on stage in front of people and do any sort of performance, especially stand-up comedy. Krish Mohan, 25 year-old comic, has been doing it for close to a decade. His first performance came at a young age, in high school.

“I got into Comedy completely by accident, really. I was 16 and my high school had a talent show and few of my friends, who were in bands, told me I should put in for it. I shrugged it off, but I went home and wrote about 8 bits mostly circling around my family and stuff about high school classes. But the catch was I couldn’t win anything, because there as no one to compare me to, so I’d co-host and do three 5-minute sets. Everything went over great and my last 5 minute set was just me doing the Indian accent and imitating my mother.”


Krish showed early signs of on-stage poise, despite being an immigrant in the United States at 8 years old. Some of his topics include poking fun at himself and his Indian heritage at times, but he keeps it clean. One of his biggest influences was superstar comic Russell Peters. “From him I learned how to pepper in my cultural identity into my material without beating people over the head that I’m an Indian.”

Comedy has it’s dark side, unfortunately. Last month we lost comic legend Robin Williams, a loss felt by all who ever laughed at his jokes or during his films. Comedians everywhere have paid tribute to Robin Williams including Krish. “Robin Williams was a firecracker! I was immediately captivated by his energy on stage and realized I had to really believe in the things I say with energy and confidence.” Krish has lost someone close to him to suicide, someone he thought of as a little brother. His message for those suffering under depression is to not be afraid to seek help from others. “I think if you are having those types of thoughts you should talk to someone about it. You’d be surprised how many people care for you and will do what they can to help you.”

Back to the comedy! Krish Mohan has been performing across the United States for some time. He will be headlining the KaPow! Comedy Show at the Hildebrandt Art Gallery on September 26th in Cleveland. He will also be in the DC area during the second week of October. “I’m going to be headlining the Comedy on the Half Shell at the Main St. Oyster Bar in Bel Air MD on October 8th at 9pm. And I’ll be featuring at the Star City Comedy Club in Roanaoke, VA on October 11 at 8pm. I always hang out after shows to chat with people so please feel free to come by and say hello.”

Krish1Krish’s stand-up special, “Segways, Race, & Love” is available on Ourtunez. This hour long album is rich in humor. Topics include getting kicked out of a Victoria’s Secret in high school, traffic in India, Wanda Sykes’ dildo, and other hilarious jokes. Apart from being a stand-up comic, Krish writes for his website and is a graphic designer with his own business. He is also the writer and creator of Fork Full of Noodles, a weekly Satire Web series that focuses on one cultural & political issue each week. Listen to Krish Mohan on the Comedy Station on Ourtunez!

-Nino Munaco (