Omni played The Rockwell – 3/4

Atlanta power trio Omni hit Davis Square on their late-winter tour with This Is Lorelei, joined by local support from Pet Fox.


Undeniably, I love some post-punk. Goth-y stuff, dance-y stuff, most any heavily rhythmic rock music you can throw the word “angular” at, I’m there. So naturally, I’ve been a supporter of Atlanta threesome Omni for some years now. Led by bassist/guitarist Philip Frobos and onetime Deerhunter guitarist Frankie Broyles, the band traffic in taut, punchy earworms with instant replay value.

Omni made the leap to Sub Pop with 2019’s Networker, and returned this year with their second LP for the indie giant, Souvenir. With a bevy of those songs and a whole bunch more, the band rolled into The Rockwell last week for an enthusiastically-received Monday nighter showcasing the airtight interplay between Frobos, Broyles and drummer Chris Yonker. Despite being a fairly long-tenured fan, this was the only time I’d seen them play outside of a festival spot at the 2017 edition of Vermont’s dearly-departed Waking Windows, and it was plenty satisfying to experience their full-force groove for a proper-length set this time.

Tour support came courtesy of This Is Lorelei, aka Nate Amos of Water From Your Eyes (who we also had in town just a few weeks back). Amos’ work under his solo moniker is prolific and vastly varied, but on the heals of announcing Box for Buddy, Box for Star – which Amos refers to as his “first attempt at a traditional, intentionally written full-length album” – this set found him fronting a fairly traditional three-piece in an appealingly chilled-out singer/songwriter mode.

Local pals Pet Fox played their first show of the new-ish year to kick things off, and you can check out photos of all three sets in the gallery below.