No ever throws around the slogan "post-punk is dead." Omni, a trio of Atlanta, Georgia, is the latest in a long line of bands to find their voice in the genre's fusion of groove and noisy rock since it first emerged in the late 1970s.
Since playing in Missoula this past March, the band continued touring, including a stint opening for Franz Ferdinand, the Scottish rock revivalists one generation their senior. They have new music as well: their second album, "Multi-Task," released earlier this month on Trouble in Mind.
They recorded "Multi-Task" with engineer Nathaniel Higgins in Atlanta and at Broyles' family cabin in rural Georgia. In a phone interview, bassist/vocalist Philip Frobos said the isolation "made recording so much more pleasurable. We could really get in the right head space." That includes "ripping guitars until 3 or 4 a.m." without worrying about disturbing neighbors.
Broyles and Frobos write and play all the instruments themselves. (On the tour, they're joined by drummer Doug Bleichner of Atlanta band Warehouse.)
For his part, Frobos said writing for this group is vastly different than for his previous band, Carnivores, which had five members and multiple singers to keep in mind.
"My greatest passion with music has been writing the vocal melody and the words," he said. He originally didn't even intend to play an instrument in this band. With Omni, he aims for detached, calm delivery that balances the sometimes frenetic arrangements surrounding his voice. He used to write while keeping in mind whether he could sing and play a bass part at the same time.
"Now with this band, I just throw that out the window," he said. "I'm playing parts that are not traditionally meant to be played at the same time."
The knotty, skronky guitar lines that Broyles developed are one of the reasons the band made a sympathetic opener for Franz Ferdinand. Before Omni started up, Broyles was a member of fellow Atlanta band Deerhunter. A quick listen of "Multi-Task," and you can hear the influence he had on 2013's "Monomania," a noisy record they dubbed "nocturnal garage."
On some of the new Omni songs like "Southbound Station," his playing resembles Television's arpeggios. Others like "Tuxedo Blues" have a weird bounce with humming, dissonant lines that may appeal to fans of Captain Beefheart's "Trout Mask Replica." As a whole, the album would be a perfect for fans of early Wire records.
The songs are jammed with information, too: enough parts for a 4-minute tune occur in the space of two and a half minutes. Their idea of a perfect song is "This Charming Man" by the Smiths or any early Beatles tune. "We never set out to make them too short," he said. "We never want them to sound excessive" or let the listener get bored.
Omni are playing a Halloween show on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the Union Hall. Cover is $6 at the door. The bill includes Wilma Laverne Miner, Cairns and Carpool.