OmniconeBay Area ska punk band led by former link 80 Band member Adam Davis recently announced their second album. against the rest and share the title song (Which we named as one of February’s best punk songs.) And now we’re releasing our second single, “Communities in Collaboration,” featuring some ska-punk friends. Jay Navarro of suicide machineAs Adam tells us in the new Q&A, although Link 80 takes place around the same time as The Suicide Machines, Adam and Jay actually met recently. But they’re certainly similar in many ways, and it’s exciting to hear Jay help Omnigone on the Ripper. “This song is about helping each other. How can we all live together?” Adam tells us. realizing that we are neighbors And we can have enough if we work together, as Bad Op would say: Eat the Rich, Feed the Kids.” Check it out below.
I also spoke with Adam about how the Omnigone and ska punk have changed since the band’s inception. Musical influences and lyrical themes in the new album His experience as a co-host in defense of ska Podcast with Aaron Carnes, the upcoming Bad Time Records tour. and concert/documentary films This is a new sound where Omnigone is involved and more. Read on for our chat…
We are launching “Communities In Collaboration” with Jay Navarro. How did you first meet Jay? How did this special collaboration come about?
Meet J through the internet! during the epidemic When everyone was going live on IG, Jay popped in to chat with me for a few minutes and we chatted. However, Suicide Machines and Link 80 never crossed paths back in my days in the band. We still talked for a few hours. in defense of skaand Jay tells crazy stories. About the early days of Suicide Machines, Baz[our bass player]and I were talking about the reception on this album, and I thought, “Nevermind, I’ll ask Jay.” He said yes, but kept talking. otherwise he will forget So I kept harassing him every few days for weeks until it was done. I played Break Anchor the night before.” I thought it sounded perfect. I finally met Jay at this year’s Fest and the first thing I did was push him into the pits for Against All Authority. He was the best.
What lyrical themes are covered in the album can you mention?
The biggest theme is probably making the most of your time. You get a lot of lives How do you use it? What matters if you only have two years left? It’s a terrible misconception that you graduate at 30. There’s no reason to stop doing art, stop making music, or give up on your dreams. At 46, I’m still growing and changing. Testing your limits and challenging your beliefs.
What were the main musical influences on this album?
All songs of Bad Time. Seriously. because we leave no faith In 2019, the bar has been steadily raised. we need to step up
When we did Link 80, 9 out of 10 of the other ska punk albums sounded like trash. The band is only interested in live performances. Now the album is king again. So we put a lot of effort into making this record the best we could be. And we’re taking everything we’ve learned and putting it into writing an LP3.
What would you say was the biggest change during writing/recording? against the rest and no faith?
no faith Zero planning I wrote my progress in the studio. We recorded it once or twice. then save it I followed the vocals with Vantana Rowe in the van, often summarizing the lyrics as we recorded. It’s right in our pants. against the restWe demonstrate everything in advance. We wrote and rewritten some parts, we recorded at Atomic Garden with Jack Shirley, everything was on purpose.
no faith It came out in 2019 and it’s obvious that the ska scene and excitement about ska has changed a lot since then. from your point of view How has being a ska changed between Omnigone’s founding and now?
When I started Omnigone, I didn’t think anyone would be interested. I just missed ska punk. Somehow: The caretaker. A lot of people and a lot of bands came out of the woodwork. I think a lot of people have underestimated what music they like to play during the pandemic. And realized: it’s okay to like ska. And it’s possible to play ska without it looking funny.
Also, based on your history with Link 80, how do you compare the third wave era to what is happening now with New Tone / Bad Time Records / etc.?
It’s completely different. The “third wave” is a weird cash grab trend. It’s the same with “swing revival” or “nu metal” or “grunge.” Few bands are that big. Few bands do really well, and there are hundreds of bands trying to make money and acting silly. Not just in Ska, all genres! Now New Tone is similar to Two Tone’s political and cultural movement, and it’s not just BTR! There are many bands that play different versions of ska/ska punk. And while they may not want to go by the “New Tone” moniker, they push the genre forward too! If you don’t like ska It means that you haven’t found the version that hits you.
Furthermore, in Link 80 we have very few close allies. I can count both hands every circle we align with now? too many to count Let me name some things that we haven’t had a chance to play with yet. But I want: FUSKA, 8Kalacas, Folly, Sorry Sweetheart, Dendrites, La Muerte, Til I’m Bones, Random Hand, Faintest Ideas, Redeemon, La Pobreska.
You’re still busy co-hosting. in defense of ska Podcast with Aaron Carnes How has podcasting affected your experience with the ska scene or as a musician or as a person in general?
about a year has passed in defense of ska I realized that the show had infinite potential for its guests. Everyone is associated with ska. It helped me realize that we are all connected. Music is a continuous thing and everything influences everything. We are all more connected than we believe. And being nice goes a long way in opening doors for you.
Most people still have a connection back to Mike Park, he seems to be the standard for a lot of people dealing with modern SKA.
Omnigone is joining the Bad Time Records tour that is currently filming for This is a new sound Documentary. What are you most looking forward to on this tour? Any surprises in the upcoming Omnigone bundle shop?
I’m just looking forward to meeting everyone in the Omnigone and all the other circles, all of them are close friends of mine. And to go on tour where I’m excited to see every band every night is incredible. I’m also excited to do a lot of escape rooms. It’s an expensive habit. But damn, they’re fun! To the surprise on the set We will also have friends on stage.
Which of the current underrated ska punk bands should the world pay more attention to right now?
complain about noise They just parted ways with The Upfux and the whole thing is killer (check out The Upfux too). Drummer Nicky Noize plays guitar with us. They are awesome.
Favorite ska punk album of all time?
Capdown from the UK The most frustrating flaw in my music career was my inability to bring them to America. I was hoping we could hold this event for Link 80’s reunion in 2016, but it didn’t happen. If you haven’t listened to their first two albums, Capdown (civil disobedient and pound for sound) is a true classic.
Anything else you want to add?
I’d like to give a big shout out to Brent Friedman, who as I’m typing this is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his 18th birthday, if not for Brent volunteering to play drums for a potential ska punk band. When I first met him I didn’t even know the Omnigone existed.
Get your Bad Time tour tickets here. against the rest Available 31/31 via Bad Time Records. Pre-order here.
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