After a stormy spring both weather and show wise, things are beginning to clear up out here in the heartland of Nebraska with more local bands playing out a bit more, and booking more shows. The underground scene is something that is under constant change, with new bands popping up making things fresh within the scene.
One of the new(er) bands that I have seen in Omaha is a garage rock inspired punk trio that goes by the name No Thanks. While they play a style that I am only somewhat into, they play tightly live, and the front man’s stage presence is youthful and expressive. I can see No Thanks becoming a local favorite outside of just the punk scene. Other young upstart band is one that goes by Kid Skatter who are just starting out, but I am very excited to hear about new punk bands. Hopefully I can check them out soon. Longer running bands within the Omaha scene, have been quite busy this summer with releases already out or soon on the way. Old school inspired death metal trio Borealis have a brand new cassette release out now titled To See With Ones Own Eyes witch features tracks from two different studio sessions from 2006 to 2013. Weirdo grind freaks Powerslop have their debut lp Funky God ready to be unleashed on the world in July by playing two album release shows on the same day. The first, being a FREE afternoon basement show, playing with locals Diamondz R 4Eva and Borealis, while the second show being at Brother Lounge with metal acts Astral Menace, Garoted, and Duluth roots rocker Jaw Knee Vee. In other news, Omaha’s hardest band Purgatory will have the song No Faith featured on The Underdogs Volume 1 via Dog Years Records based out of Chicago and St. Louis that will be out by the end of the summer. In final news, the now-on-haitus hardcore band Pisswalker have pressed and released their split 7” with Minneapolis’ Brain Tumors via Lagerville Records.
Down in Lincoln, the #1 leather daddy of the scene Plack Blague has been working on new material while constantly playing out to various crowds in both Omaha and Lincoln. Extreme metal grind unit Garoted have been playing out a bit with a show coming up already mentioned with Powerslop in Omaha.
In other news, local punk musician Nathan Ma has been active bringing a record and tape distro to shows with releases from Jigsaw Records, Lost Sound Tapes, Hidden Temple, Unread Records, and Clarity
at affordable prices. Be sure to check it out.
In Crucial Changes news, local guitars Chris Beam of Ties and Red Lion fame, has recently asked me to partake in an all-covers compilation featuring local bands throughout the scene. Chris is in the process of contacting the bands as well as engineering the recordings while I will handle graphic design and help with promotion. There will be more news on this project once it’s more fleshed out, but I’m expecting something really fun to come out of it.
Like the weather the scene is taking a while to warm up for the spring months.
Here in Omaha, death metal trio Borealis have been playing out locally in support of new material recorded to tape. The now-on-hiatus Pisswalker have recently received the test pressings for their split 7” with Brain Tumors from Minneapolis via Lagerville Records. Heavy hitters Purgatory have been playing out. While new punk band Box Blonde has played a couple of shows. I would expect a demo out sometime soon. Finally, a new d-beat group called WYYRM have posted 2 songs online with physical copies on cassette via Clarity Tapes out later.
In Lincoln, Bent Life have hit the road again touring the west coast, plus a stint through the upper Midwest before heading out to Belgium to play Ieperfest. Metal acts Feeder Gainer and Vickers have been playing out, making frequent stops in Omaha. Vickers have a new tape out soon recorded by the folks in Garoted available soon. Vickers split with Kentucky metal outfit Funerary Box via Give Praise Records is still in the works. Stay tuned…