Tell us about yourself and your music
When college roommates Tony Venuto and Liam Nelson began to collaborate and jam after meeting at U.C. Santa Cruz, they instantly locked into the chemistry between them that would go on to last a lifetime. As the core members of the band Omega Tones, they have released four full-length albums, the latest of which is Hawk Dive, released in September of 2020. Both Venuto and Nelson are multi-instrumentalists, but Venuto is the song-writer and singer, while Nelson has a particular knack for sweet guitar solos and sound engineering.
Talk to us more about your latest release
Hawk Dive is the most recent contribution from California rock band Omega Tones, a collaborative effort between musicians Tony Venuto and Liam Nelson. With Hawk Dive, we see a rich collaboration with a multitude of musicians that result in a memorable diversity in style, culminating in a concentrated blast of hard rock veiling much more. The tunes are big, bold, and sure of themselves, providing strong energy throughout the record. This album jumps through several genres and styles, but a grounded consistency is still found prevalent across the whole release. Throughout Hawk Dive, we hear influences of blues-rock in the chord progressions such as in Peeking In The Keyhole, funk in some of the sweeping guitars and beats as heard in Now It’s Cold, and driving rock-folk vibes as heard in Over My Head. A definite collection of chill and summery California rock jams, this album naturally calls back to a certain nostalgia of 90s rock akin to that of early Beck or Sunny Day Real Estate.
What inspired you to write this release?
Music is life. We need it to feel right, especially in challenging times. We write songs whenever time allows and continue to improve on our songwriting, performing, and recording skills. This album is the best we’ve done so far, and are already starting work on the next album, which we expect will be even better!
Describe the writing and recording process
We had to get creative while recording the new album “Hawk Dive” during quarantine due to Covid-19. With all the tracks recorded separately in each room, the band made sure to spend time re-recording instruments such as a new drum track to create a livelier sound to each song. The first demos of these songs were recorded by Tony Venuto in 2019 and those bare very little resemblance to the final product. While the chord progressions and lyrics are mostly the same, the entire vibe of the songs changed greatly once the full band got involved. It was important to us to retain that “live” sound even though the recording was piecemeal.
Any plans to release a video?
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
This is a big question, and the answer is we don’t really care to compare ourselves to others. There are probably thousands of great bands/artists that will never get heard by the masses because there is a narrow path to getting on commercial radio or other national exposure. We are focused on creating great songs and having fun doing it. The other main goal is to find the fans out there that like our type of music. We know they are out there, we just need to find a way to get our music to them.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Courtney Barnett, Michael Franti, Black Keys and Gary Clark Jr.
Who are your biggest influences?
Beck, Pixies, Sonic Youth and Spoon
Tell us about your passions
Playing live music is the greatest feeling, there is no substitute. The next best thing is listening to a song or album you’ve recorded and been happy with it. The recordings will outlast us, so our kids and grandkids will literally have a record of what we did. We are also all dads, so the family is super important to us. This is the main reason we focus on writing and recording songs, rather than playing gigs.
What else is happening next in your world?
We’ve got a bunch of song parts, riffs, and beats and are working to turn those into the next batch of songs. We hope to start recording again soon, and probably will spend most of 2021 on the next album.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Omega Tones
Connect with Omega Tones
Website: https://www.omegatones.netTwitter: https://twitter.com/OmegaTonesYoutube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_n3fOKq2avuRvfXrZRRsyDa58qfSvq_cKkSoundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/omegatones/sets/hawk-dive