Time only for some brief comments about last night’s packed show at O’Leaver’s. And it was packed. I was pushed to a far-off table and could barely see what was going on on stage. That said, I could hear just fine, and the highlight of the evening was opening band Now, Archimedes! Fronted by Bob Thornton, who also fronts Past Punchy, N,A! is a trio that includes former members of Fischer, Solid Jackson and Raymond Nothing. Their style is pure mid-’90s buzzsaw punk that reminded me of Thornton’s old band Culture Fire. Raw, frenzied, with great-big-ol’ riffs and lots of yelling, it’s something that’s been missing from the scene for too long. As the guy who was standing next to me put it, they sounded like every band that ever played at The Cog Factory. Past Punchy and The Present sounded like the lighter, more rural side of Omaha’s mid-’90s scene — sort of a Neil Young version of Frontier Trust. The capacity crowd ate it up, and I dug it to, but I would have liked to have heard more Archimedes…
Another solid night of punk at O’Leaver’s tonight with The Terminals, Brimstone Howl and Rat Traps. $5, 9 p.m. Be there.
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