Five Questions And A Playlist: Omni
Through songwriters Frankie Broyles and Philip Frobos, along with longtime collaborator Nathaniel Higgins, this release breaks new ground for the band, both sonically and thematically. The nods towards the likes of Gang Of Four, and Wire remain, with small touches of weighty 70s psych and soft rock giving it an added sense of heft. This is all anchored by the stop-start wiry guitar lines that have become their signature sound since the release of 2016’s ‘Deluxe’.
That may all sound like this is an album leaning heavily on the past but in terms of subject matter, it’s very much rooted in the modern world.
Of one of the singles Philip says, “when Frankie and I wrote 'Skeleton Key' it felt like a turning point for our record, as though we had reached a new rock n roll echelon and Networker was truly underway. Lyrically this came together after hearing about some friends’ strange, surprising and sometimes hilarious online dating experiences.”
The band embark on a 28 date world tour this Autumn with UK shows in Brighton, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds and London. Tickets for those here.
Order ‘Networker’ here.
Before that, Frankie and Philip answered a few questions and made us a playlist.
Who were your favourite bands / artists as a teenager?
FB: The Beatles and The Strokes were two big ones.
PF: Pixies and Echo & the Bunnymen. Definitely the ones above as well!
When did you realise music could be a career?
FB: We’re still trying to make this happen!
PF: I suppose when there was no time left to work my regular job at home. I had to clock out.
Do you have a job outside of music?
FB: I do some freelance design work and odd jobs.
PF: I still bartend from time to time.
How well is live music supported in your hometown / city?
PF - It’s a pretty supportive scene and nice to see the enthusiasm around town.
If you could make one change to the music industry what would it be?
PF - More snacks, drinks and money, please.