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The East Bay, California
No Faith | Sept. 13 | Bad Time Records
RIYL: Spin-offs. Sequels. The Golden State.
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Omnigone are the best spin-off ska punk band in history, and instead of fact-checking to try to prove that wrong, you could spend that time soaking in the aggressive goodness that Adam Davis and company bring to the table.
Spawned from a revelation that came during a series of Link 80 reunion shows—if that’s the first time you’ve read about that band, fix that posthaste—Omnigone feel like a natural progression of the heavy-yet-hooky ska punk the legendary ’90s East Bay outfit were known for. Big basslines, bigger horns, and a general bounciness that never quits are just a few of the treats in store on No Faith. Thank the horned god Mr. Davis was ready to get back in the saddle.
“I wanted a band that played similar music to Link 80, building on the history of that band while being a new thing,” he says. “I’ve also always wanted to share my perspective on my time in Link 80, but it felt presumptuous to be the only voice. This allows me to give my perspective while leaving Link 80 intact.”
Consistent with someone over 30 writing a ska album—and a writer over 30 joyously listening to one—this debut LP is keenly focused on growing up and what that means, aside from increased back pain.
“I think the main themes of the record are disillusionment and the passage of time,” Davis confirms, “the way we use the time we have, the lies we tell ourselves about what growing older means, the value that gets placed on youth. I’m 42, it’s 2019, and I just put out a ska punk record! It took me a long time to realize the only person telling me not to make the music I want to [make] is myself.”