Odio may be from modern-day California, but their hearts and souls reside in the formative days of Scandinavian and Japanese crust. Taking hints from early GISM, Destino Final and Deathside, their latest seven-inch—Un Mondo Libero dall’Uomo—is nothing but sheering d-beat and noisy hardcore from start-to-finish.
With the band heading out on a full-scale Australian tour next week, we chatted to frontman JonCon about his predictions for the New Year in the realms of US politics, music, trends and—considering the topical interest—deaths.
As far as US politics go, we anticipate an increasingly fantastic distraction. A dog-and-pony show with particularly garish participants will allow for the actual play-makers to go unchecked while we squabble over semantics.
Monstrous nuclear stockpiles are being amassed and we speak of hair (specifically US President Elect, Donald Trump). To be clear, we are completely ashamed of our president elect, but to us he is nothing but a figurehead. We are mostly concerned that this election will give rise to more repugnant socio-political viewpoints and actions, as we saw in Britain following the Brexit vote. But, at the end of the day, a figurehead is nothing and public opinion is everything. God bless the Queen.
BANDS TO WATCH
There is quite a few to keep an eye on. Unarm from Tokyo, while not new by any means, is a great band—catch ‘em if you can. Fucking Enzyme from your own backyard of Melbourne is crushing. Remnants from San Francisco plays classic punk worthy of your time. Also Krimewatch from New York City should be on everyone's radar by now. Ssyndrom from Sacramento is harsh as hell. Piss from Berlin was pretty excellent on their North American tour.
TRENDS THAT WILL MAKE YOU HATE HUMANITY
The usual. Xenophobia, false news taken at face value, an increase in mobile phone dependency and a general lack of basic human decency. Something to look forward to, like the pole your about to walk into while reading this.
WHO WILL DIE IN 2017
It does not matter who, but I think we could stand to lose about 5.5 billion people - including you and I.