Orenda: noun (idea); The spiritual power inherent in people and their environment- the power of human will to change the world.
Orenda began in 2014, with Winston Purkiss (vocals), Jason Hinkle (guitar), and Zach True (bass), and after establishing themselves, were later joined by Connor Mulhern (drums) and Sheldon Mountain (guitar). Their influences vary from the catchy choruses of Rise Against, to the breakdowns of Parkway Drive, to the more ambient and progressive styles of Gojira. Those influences, tied with the band’s desire to have live and raw sound, means fans of Architects, The Devil Wears Prada, While She Sleeps and Crystal Lake will find a home in Orenda’s body of work.
In the last year Orenda has taken their latest EP, ‘Ash’ and successfully DIY toured over 30 cities in 13 states and Canada, and are expanding greatly upon those numbers in 2020. Orenda carries an accessible yet surprisingly variable catalog, and paired with a confronting and impressive stage performance, has allowed them to conquer a litany of feats. From winning So What! Battle Of The Bands to performing alongside international staples in the scene such as Wage War, Counterparts, Attila, Stick To Your Guns and Emmure, the band is a force to be reckoned with.
The true intention, the real heart and soul behind Orenda is a being a source of power- a driving force- for their listeners. There are so many problems facing the world, and each of us, on a daily basis. Change is real, but it can only be achieved through unity and a collective of people who believe in it; and creating that starts with one person. Your own beliefs, your own ideas, your internal drive can help make or break the change you want to see in the world. That is what this band, this music, and all its ideas stand for; this is Orenda. This is the power of your will to change the world.