Omni

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Friday, June 21, 8 pm
Polaris Hall Humboldt (Portland)
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$15
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w/ Fake Fruit & Forty Feet Tall

Omni

The music of Atlanta trio Omni has always swung fast and hit hard. And Souvenir, their fourth album and second for Sub Pop, packs their biggest punch yet. Inactive during the majority of the pandemic–the longest downtime in their history–they approached this recording with lots of pent-up energy. Guitarist Frankie Broyles, singer/bassist Philip Frobos, and drummer Chris Yonker converted their creative fuel into sharp, driving songs that land immediately, sporting chopping riffs, staccato beats, and wiry melodies.

Why does Souvenir sound so sharp? Because each track is a compact unit that stands on its own, reflecting the time and place in which it was created. That’s why Omni called the album Souvenir: it’s a collection of audio objects, a stash of musical miniatures. Think of it as a family photo album, a binder of rare playing cards, a shoebox holding precious gems.

Take “Plastic Pyramid,” the first song Omni wrote after coming out of lockdown. Filled with twists and turns, it’s a journey unto itself, charged by clanging chords, spinning rhythm, and Frobos trading lines with Izzy Glaudini of Automatic, with whom Omni toured with last fall. (Glaudini sings on two other Souvenir tracks, the first guest vocalist the band has collaborated with). Or take opener “Exacto,” a slicing web of intertwined guitar and bass. Its razor-fine notes and syncopated beats perfectly match pointillist Frobos lyrics such as “Exacto, de facto, concise, quite right”–a line that could well be an Omni mantra.

The precision and clarity of Souvenir comes from some new Omni developments. For one, this is their first album with Yonker as their full-time drummer, and his forceful playing adds exclamation points to every pointed moment on Souvenir. In addition, the trio worked with Atlanta-based engineer Kristofer Sampson for the first time. Sampson pushed the band to a higher degree of power, with Frobos’s vocals more upfront in his pulsing mix and the rest of the music leaping out of the speakers.

Fake Fruit

Oakland, CA foursome Fake Fruit, fronted by Hannah "Ham" D’Amato, made a splash with their self-titled debut amidst the pandemic in 2021 via Rocks in Your Head Records. With Alex Post on lead guitar, Miles MacDiarmid on drums, and Dylan Allard on bass the band is “A whirlwind of biting critique, nervy post-punk guitars, and absurdist humor.” Pitchfork describes them as “spirited punk primitivism with two-minute art-rock tracks—punchy, melodic songs united by nervy guitars and cutting takedowns of modern frustrations.” Despite the global pandemic’s impact on live music, Fake Fruit have still managed to turn heads, touring the U.S. and overseas playing shows with Alvvays, Dry Cleaning, Amyl and the Sniffers, The Descendants, Cate Le Bon etc. and earning accolades from the likes of Bandcamp, Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, Post-Trash, and more. With funny but biting lyrics, blistering guitars, and a powerhouse rhythm section you’ll feel in on whatever joke they happen to be telling.

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Polaris Hall

635 N Killingsworth Court Portland, Oregon 97217 Venue website

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