STAFF PICK: Obnox cranks the volume on Louder Space

From the July 31, 2014 edition

Obnox, one of a handful of projects spearheaded by Cleveland’s Lamont “Bim” Thomas, came fully into its own on this year’s Louder Space, a fuzzy punk buzzsaw that incorporates elements of R&B, garage and space-junk psychedelia. Thomas has a tendency to attack songs with MMA-fighter aggression, laying down curmudgeonly, dirt-caked riffs that sound in need of a hot shower and a shave (dig the busted-car-alarm six-string work driving the stuttering “Molecule”). Occasionally the musician slows things down, however, and slower tunes like “Feeling Real Black Today” hit with the impact of back-alley spirituals.

Thomas has some local connection — besides being an Ohio guy he recorded Louder Space locally at Musicol — so this stop at Ace of Cups should feel a bit like a homecoming.