Omnigone Cover “Nothing New” by Link 80
Bad Time Records released a unique split 7-inch on June 5th. The four song EP pairs Philadelphia’s soul-ska outfit, Catbite with East Bay’s newest ska-punk trio Omnigone – featuring members of the beloved late 90’s ska-core band Link 80. Both bands released their debut albums on the California indie label, Bad Time Records, last year and quickly developed a fond appreciation of each others music. To celebrate their new found e-friendship, each band decided to cover one another and put their personal touch on it. Additionally, Omnigone recorded an updated version of Link 80’s “Nothing New” while Catbite recorded a cover of the classic Clash tune “White Riot.” Omnigone has teamed up with The Fest to present their new and improved version of “Nothing New.” The band will be appearing at the beloved annual punk festival this October so get familiar with the song now so you can shout along. “One of the first questions we got about Omnigone was “Are you going to play Link 80 songs?” Everyone knows “Nothing New” as a Link 80 song, but it was originally a Blast Bandits song, Barry’s old ska-punk band. I have a cassette tape of early Blast Bandits songs that I’ve nearly worn out from years of abuse. Nothing New is one of my all time favorite ska-punk songs. Barry & I have been playing the song for years. Now it’s an Omnigone song.” – Adam Davis (Omnigone)
Omnigone may be a new name in the East Bay CA ska punk scene, but they’re certainly no strangers to the genre. Twenty years ago Adam Davis joined Link 80, a band that seamlessly combined ska rhythms with aggressive and politically charged hardcore punk, leaving a legacy and a sound that would change the meaning of “ska punk” indefinitely. While Link 80 is no more, Adam (Guitar/Vocals) has picked up the torch and is lighting the way with Omnigone. Joined by Barry Krippene (Link 80/Blast Bandits) and a rotating cast of players including: Brent Friedman (We Are The Union), Steve Borth (Rx Bandits / Link 80), Justin Amans (Kitty Kat Fan Club/Ogikubo Station), Jeremy Hunter (Skatune Network/We Are The Union), Bootie Pook (Beat the Red Light), Aaron Carnes (Flat Planet) & Reece Noble, Omnigone recorded thirteen tracks that make up their debut full length No Faith. No Faith hits you quick band doesn’t let up, weaving aggressive anthems across genres to make up a fun, intense, but ultimately dynamic record. Whether you’re a fan of hardcore, punk, or ska there is something for everyone on this promising debut.
Release Date: June 5th, 2020
Label: Bad Time Records
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