Obnox is the latest and perhaps greatest project of Cleveland multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Lamont "Bim" Thomas (he's also drummed for Bassholes, This Moment in Black History, and others). His forthcoming album on Gerard Cosloy's 12XU label, Boogalou Reed (release date: January 27), is a blown-out rock-and-soul record that was born in a crossfire hurricane while the Velvet Underground's "I Heard Her Call My Name" and Pere Ubu's "Final Solution" spun on dual turntables. Boasting the best album title of 2015, Boogalou Reed is a lean noise-rock monster, and it's only a matter of time before Neil Young Crosbys his Nashed jeans over the J Mascis-ized cover of "Ohio."
But we're here to praise the title track. Powered by Bonham-esque, Terminal Tower-toppling beats, "Boogalou Reed"'s a fun-house mirrored scree fest of surprising control. I dunno if radio's gonna touch this explosive device, but you sure as hell ought to. Fingers crossed for a Seattle date on the next Obnox tour.