Lazy-i: August 21, 2002
new kids might call it "old school," but for Bombardment
Society, the punk of the early '90s is the only punk worth listening
just keep playing the old stuff," said Bombardment Society
drummer Kevin Jones, who along with Jason Ludwick, guitar, and Robert
Higgins, bass, make up the post-punk-flavored trio that's celebrating
the release of its debut 7-inch record Aug. 24 at Sokol Underground,
13th and Martha.
A list of favorite influential
bands rolled from Jones' tongue like he was reading them off cue
cards: Minutemen, Smart Went Crazy, Mission of Burma, Husker Du,
Pixies, Fugazi, Drive Like Jehu, and Nebraska bands Mousetrap, Fischer,
and Opium Taylor. It's no wonder that his day job is at The Antiquarium,
considered Omaha's No. 1 underground music source.
"There's a big lack
of straightforward rock music in the indie scene these days,"
he said. "We like playing music that has its roots in punk."
The rest of the band shares his tastes. Bombardment Society formed
a little over two years ago after the demise of Jones' and Ludwick's
last band, In Memory of Radio. "We talked Bob into playing
bass," Jones said. All three were friends while attending Papillion
LaVista High School.
The influences are obvious
on the first spin of the band's single, "Nocturne Addiction"
b/w "Four Months in the Making" and "Assembly of
Youth." Recorded last May at The Nevada Room with DIY stylist
Dan Brennan at the knobs, the single captures Bombardment at its
messy best. "Nocturne Addiction" opens and ends with feedback
and sandwiches plenty of plodding rhythms, intricate guitars and
scream/howl vocals in between. Reminds me (a lot) of the gone-but-not-forgotten
early-'90s Omaha noisemeisters Mousetrap. Side two is more of the
same car-crash-abrasive audio violence, ending with a nod to those
seminal post-punkers-with-a-smile, the Minutemen, on a song that
itself spans only a minute.
Jones said the band selected
vinyl for its debut for the usual nod-toward-tradition/DIY/credibility
reasons. "We all three love vinyl over CDs," he said.
The medium is also a favorite of the band's label, Speed
Nebraska Records, which boasts a catalogue of vinyl releases
from The Monroes, Pioneer Disaster, D Is for Dragster (all three
bands include label operator Gary Dean Davis as the frontman), Fullblown,
and Solid Jackson. Those of you without a record player can quit
whining. Jones said a CDR version of the single will be available,
Playing the Aug. 24 bill
with Bombardment Society are Bleeders for Treats, a band Jones describes
as hard-rocking and artsy in the LIARS/Holy Ghost vein that includes
former members of Kid Icarus; Real Time Optimist, "an arty,
ambient band like Faraquet," and tractor-punk extraordinaires
Originally published in The Omaha Weekly
Aug. 21, 2002. Copyright © 2002 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
a big lack of straightforward rock music in the indie scene
these days. We like playing music that has its roots in punk."