The Omnific Tease Wacky New Single 'Phat Mackerel', Announce Australian Shows

1 August 2023 | 4:04 pm | Mary Varvaris
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There's no one making otherwordly music like The Omnific, and for that, we’re thankful.

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The Omnific, Melbourne’s instrumental, progressive music trio comprising bassists Matt Fack and Toby Peterson-Stewart and charismatic drummer Jerome Lematua, will release a new single in two weeks and, to celebrate the release, will play three headline shows along the east coast of Australia.

The group will be joined by special guest Keyan, an Adelaide-based guitarist who’s become popular on YouTube.

Phat Mackerel, their next single, will be released on Thursday, 17 August, but until then, we have the wacky teaser video to tide us over. The band teased on YouTube, “Born from a mere spoonerism, The Omnific slap and tap their way through virtual realms, seeking revenge for band member Matt Fackrell’s vendetta against the formidable Phat Mackerel.”

Part Mario 64 and part metal, the clip sounds like music nobody else is making, and for that, we’re thankful for The Omnific. Check out the teaser below.

After joining Polyphia on their recent debut Australian tour, The Omnific’s profile has grown considerably, which is already an impressive feat considering that they’ve opened for Between The Buried & Me, Ne Obliviscaris, Twelve Foot Ninja, Cog, Galactic Empire, and Circles.

The Omnific have proven to be a hit band in Europe and the UK, already booking new dates overseas after playing shows internationally in May and June. Later this year, the trio will return to Germany to perform at Reeperbahn & Euroblast festivals.

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Tickets for The Omnific’s September Australian dates are available now – you can buy tickets here. Pre-save Phat Mackerel to your favourite streaming service here.

“The premise of our music is usually created by fiddling around on the bass until something we believe is interesting happens,” The Omnific told Kill Your Stereo about the trio’s writing style in a 2017 interview.

On the potential for exploring different songwriting styles, they added, “There’s no specific method that’s followed. We haven't yet experimented with creating ideas on alternate instruments, but that would certainly be a new way of approaching our songwriting.”


Phat Mackerel Australian Tour

With Special Guests Keyan

Friday 1 September: Northcote Social, Melbourne

Saturday 2 September: Metro Social, Sydney

Sunday 3 September: The Brightside, Brisbane