Rule Britannia in Georgia, Atlanta
With Philip Frobos from Omni
By Steffen Armstrong
They pose with Winston Churchill in Hackney boozers, hang out with Marc Riley on 6 Music and tour with Franz Ferdinand. Then consider new LP Multi-Task as a stones throw away from the sounds of The Jam and XTC. It seems there's Rule Britannia in the great city of Atlanta, after all. Consisting of ex Balkans, Deerhunters and Carnivores, Omni's British Indie of the Deep South is more intriguing than any amount of red-eye gravy on yer' fish and chips!
But it all makes sense when you see the Trouble In Mind Records link. Home to other Third favourites such as Jack Cooper's Sandgrown and Soft Wall's No Time, there's a distinct Britishness about the labels preferred sounds. Omni slot into the philosophy very nicely, offering a wonderful hybrid of British Indie Punk staccato guitar riffs with the unmistakable classic American driving bass line - a musically geographical cross-breed of the highest degree! Take in the new record Multi-Task below and see the quick fire Q&A with member Philip Frobos.
Third: We've been telling people you're Georgia's modern version of The Jam!
Philip Frobos: Well that's very flattering, we love The Jam! Omni is Frankie and I having fun, playing the music we enjoy. Rock 'n' Roll.
How does Multi-Task compare to you last release Deluxe? You know what they say about "difficult second" albums... // I think it sounds better fidelity wise. It was definitely a more deliberate effort as well, with Deluxe we didn't really have any goal in mind to release the album. It was really interesting and fun to have to create a follow up as an obligation, I know we both enjoyed that. I do think Multi-Task stands just as firmly on its own.
Equestrian is our favourite track, what's yours? // My personal favorite at the moment is Choke.
What is it about bands and recording in remote cabins in the woods? Fassbender in Frank!! // I haven't seen that film, but I can tell you it's so nice to be away from all distractions and obligations...and to be loud!
You've both got very respectable Rock 'n' Roll pedigree with Deerhunter and Carnivores, what's your hope for Omni // I would just say it's our current band as we are no longer active in the others. It's definitely never been a side project. We're excited for the future.
What's the state of the Atlanta music scene right now? // It seems to be staying the course, we played with two bands the other night that were doing cool things, Lois Righteous and Yukons.