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Winder band releases debut album

POSTED: September 2, 2014 2:56 p.m.
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Winder-based band Omnipresent recently released its debut album. Band members pictured, from left: Brandon Whitley, Daniel Graham, Ben Reese, Kyle Barnes.

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Winder-based band Omnipresent released their debut album “The Guiding Hand” last week.

The Christian rock band, signed to Tate Music Group, consists of four members: Daniel Graham (vocals, bass, synthesizer and mellotron), Kyle Barnes (drums, percussion and supporting vocals), Ben Reese (electric guitar) and Brandon Whitley (electric guitar and synthesizer).

The album is comprised of seven songs that, according to a press release from Tate Music Group, “roar with a raw rock sound while plunging headlong into instrumental exploration and spiritually-themed lyrics about finding hope in God.”

Barnes, who studies drum set performance at the Atlanta Institute of Music, described the band’s style of rock music as “really progressive.”

“We tend to write a whole bunch of really longer music,” Barnes said. “We write stuff that goes up to seven, eight and nine minutes. And there’s lots of weird time signatures and changes; it’s definitely not your typical rock and roll.”

The group first formed under the name Omnipresent in 2007 and has had a few different members since. As the most recent member to join, Whitley did not take part in the creation of “The Guiding Hand” but has become involved since and is currently working with the rest of the band on new songs for their next album.

Graham, who is a vocal major and also studies jazz bass at the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus, said Omnipresent, with a combined $300 or less to their name, first released “The Guiding Hand” independently in August 2013 after recording it in a friend’s studio in the span of 12 hours after a week of back-to-back practicing.

Toward the end of the year, Barnes sent the title track—which is the last song on the album—to Tate, not really expecting a response, he said, and less than two weeks later Tate contacted him and wanted to talk about signing. Since Omnipresent signed in December, Barnes said Tate has “revamped” the album and is now newly releasing it.

Graham said the main message of “The Guiding Hand” is that there is always hope.

“There’s always something bigger; there’s always God to guide you,” Graham said. “No matter how bad life can get as it appears, you’ve got Him in your corner. And if God is for us, who can be against us?”

Graham said the tracks on the album are the first seven songs ever written by the band as it exists today. The only song on the album to which non-current band members contributed is the penultimate song, “What Love’s Made,” which was written by Graham and two former band members in the earliest stages of the band.

Barnes added that most of Omnipresent’s music is “developed purely through jamming,” and that they are looking to push even their own limits as a band in their upcoming album.

While they are too early in the process of creating the next album to know what it will be called or when it will be released, Barnes guessed it might be out by next summer.

 “The Guiding Hand” is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and Information on Omnipresent’s upcoming shows can be found on the band’s Facebook at



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