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Omni, Melkbelly, Deeper Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Tue., Aug. 16, 9 p.m. 2016

On its recent debut album Deluxe (Trouble in Mind) this spry Atlanta trio thrives on a jittery, tightly wound attack that recalls a slew of postpunk bands working in the late 70s and early 80s (A Certain Ratio, Pylon, Monochrome Set, et cetera). Bassist Philip Frobos and drummer Billy Mitchell forge a lean, throbbing pulse that has all the hallmarks of early new wave: spazzy yet a bit robotic, danceable but rigid. The heavy lifting comes from guitarist Frankie Broyles, a former member of Deerhunter, whose lines transmit a wiry kind of funk, sometimes in the form of brittle single-note constructions, sometimes in scratchy chords that suggest a mutant Famous Flames lick. Frobos isn’t a very forceful or precise singer, but his muted, pitch-challenged delivery brings charm to Omni’s stripped-down sound, toggling between a half-assed hectoring and a kind of melodic croon situated between Ray Davies of the Kinks and Glenn Million of the Feelies. Omni doesn’t seem to care that it’s not pursuing a novel sound, and considering that few other working bands are bothering with an attack like this, neither do I.

Peter Margasak

Price: $8

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