Cleveland native Lamont “Bim” Thomas has been stunningly prolific ever since his noise punk project Obnox started out during the beginnings of the 2010s. He’s released seven full-length albums and nine EPs since and his most recent release, Murder Radio, that came out on October 13 via New York City label Ever/Never Records is a fantastic addition to the band’s catalog. A few songs have that old school punk vibe reminiscent of Bad Brains and Dead Kennedys while others capture eccentric hard rock melodies similar to Living Colour, King’s X and Jane’s Addiction. Obnox has an intense sound that comes from the soul and heads straight for the senses. One element that’s definitely noticeable throughout the entire album is a fuzzed out bass serving as the foundation.
Steve Mehlman from the legendary post-punk group Pere Ubu lends his talents on drums while Chuck Cieslik adds to the noise with raw and distorted guitar skills. There’s nothing redundant about Murder Radio. It’s in your face punk rock that hits you head on and obliterates everything like a wrecking ball into a burning house. An unapologetic aesthetic really makes Obnox’s latest album stand out. What you’re listening to is what you’re getting and Thomas’ musical honesty gives it legitimacy.
Those hard rock melodies mentioned earlier are evident in “I Hate Everything”. There’s a vintage metal tone that conveys a nihilistic attitude. “Bangaar” has Mehlman establishing a groove on drums while Thomas spits poetic lyrics. Its borderline hip-hop that would make fans of acts like Public Enemy and Del The Funky Homosapien appreciate the track. A great example of that bass foundation is “The Movement”, it’s sludgy and fuzzy with a plethora of distortion.
Thomas and the gang are going to be playing the upstairs stage at the Columbus Theatre nestled within the heart of Providence’s west end on November 10. Rounding out the bill will be a bunch of locals including new wave weirdos Xr-Tabs, bombastic beat makers Clox King and abstract dance act Vibe Police. It promises to be an eclectic and entertaining time. While you’re at the show, pick up a copy of Murder Radio. There are no punches pulled but your music taste will be schooled.
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