Root Of It All: Omni
With their latest LP 'Deluxe' released via Trouble In Mind Records last year, Atlanta trio Omni have quickly become one of our new favourite bands. Boasting of singer Philip Frobos, drummer Billy Mitchell and former Deerhunter guitarist Frankie Boyles, the band excellently channels lo-fi pop of the 70s and have since gotten attention from the likes of Pitchfork, The Guardian and Stereogum to name a few.
Embarking on their Europe/UK tour which kicks off this month, we're really looking forward to catching them at their London leg of the tour for not just one but two headline shows at The Shacklewell Arms and The Montague Arms this February presented by Bad Vibrations. Ahead of their appearance, we spoke to the band about a few elements that have influenced them over the years which you can read more about below.
David Bowie - Velvet Goldmine
Philip: Somehow I never knew about this Ziggy Stardust outtake, but it played randomly on someones playlist over the holidays and its been on repeat ever since. I've played it for all of my pals who would know/want to know and its a consistent surprise, what a gem!
The Fade Out Series
Philip: This is a beautifully done series about an actress on the verge of stardom in the 40's who is mysteriously murdered and an on set writer having to solve the crime. These dudes just write/draw amazing pulp comics, and if you are into comics I would recommend picking up anything they do together. I think they set current the standard for pulp/noir. You can read more about it here.
The Jam - That's Entertainment
Philip: On our tour this summer, I played the song "That's Entertainment" in the van and Frankie and I have been digging into their career and youtube live performances. They do the 3 piece so well and its very inspiring considering thats our format, especially live. All Mod Cons, Sound Affects and various other singles have been on repeat for months.
Grant Green - A Day In The Life
Frankie: This is a great Beatles cover. I bought this cd in 2005 or so from a used cd shop next to the grocery store. I am still listening to it. I listened to this song today.
Sorcerer by William Friedkin
Frankie: I can't remember how it came to be that I saw this film but I did and I liked it a lot. I think about it.
John Whitney - Permutations (1968)
Frankie: John Whitney is very inspiring.