OMNI – ” Wire / Fever Bass “

Posted: March 13, 2017 in MUSIC
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The Atlanta trio Omni make taut post-punk that’s so charged up it can’t help but bleed into the red. Their slashing guitar chords and herky-jerky beats spark until they seem to singe the air, crackling out of the speakers like fireworks. They continue the fiery snap of their 2016 debut album, “Deluxe “.

The band rapidly darts around Philip Frobos’ on vocals alongside ex-Carnivores member Billy Mitchell and Philip Frobos. deadpan singing rises to match the rhythmic adrenaline. Yet, OMNI sounds brighter than they have before. Perhaps it’s the jangling chimes of Frankie Broyles’ guitars (formerly of Deerhunter) which pushes the music towards the clouds. It may seem odd to call this band tense and wiry but also uplifting.   The restrained energy of their first album, “Deluxe,” alludes to a minimalistic sound from another era (specifically, the late ’80s). There’s nothing not to like about this band.

Taken from their debut album “Deluxe”, which came out July 8th, 2016 on Trouble In Mind Records ( Also the band have a new 7″ vinyl “Fever Bass,” their adjective “kinetic” sounds seems both appropriate and inadequate. The upcoming 7″ that will mark the band’s first new music since the LP. “Fever Bass” is an alacritous romp, loose but sharp. There continues to be a discrepancy between Frobos’ words and his tone, as he delivers the opening lyric, “Every day I fall into this crisis,” with a calculated distance that seems to reflect mysticism as much as sardonicism. Yet ultimately “Fever Bass” is oddly cheerful, with ricochetting guitars that snap like rubber bands but put “Fever Bass” on repeat and you might find your spirits raised.


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