Theanti is another product of Omaha’s indie rock scene that boasts Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes as its alpha male. Omaha transplants Josh Ramon and Marc Nelson are at the core of The Golden Ratio—an EP so short that the reviewer has room to give play-by-play attention to each of the three songs. So here it goes:
The first track, “Am Fed I Mean,” starts out bouncy and distorted then gradually gains layers of harmony and builds in intensity. About a minute in, a classic speed metal guitar solo appears behind the singing, which has by now given way to shouting. The sing/shout evolves into a crash cymbal-heavy instrumental break, which then condenses to feedback.
The feedback from “AFIM” finds its way into the intro of “Ghost of Mother Nature,” a song with hardcore guttural singing backed by Hendrix-styled guitar. The song escalates into a psychedelic shitstorm before its denouement and closes with a single accordion note.
“For the Last 24 Hours” is a 43-second airy and hippie-fied acoustic guitar ditty with lines like, “For the last twenty-four hours I’ve been thinking about flowers.” Three incredibly different tracks prove that these guys are no one trick ponies. (Caroline Keys)
Theanti plays The Other Side Thursday, Nov. 13, at 10 PM with Mutual Divorce. Cover TBA.