The Omnific Instrumental Prog Virtuosos Return With New Single ‘Phat Mackerel’ Announce Massive 46 Date World Tour + Appearing at Bigsound!

Globally renowned Melbourne instrumental prog trio The Omnific have unleashed the all-new djent-propelled single, Phat Mackerel – out now via Australian label Wild Thing Records. The track comes as the band’s first new offering since its acclaimed 2021 debut album, Escapades, which cemented The Omnific’s status as torchbearers of the next generation of progressive rock and metal, thanks to their unparalleled musicianship and unmistakable, earthmoving dual bass riffage.

Listen to the track here

By eschewing guitars for a second bass, the supernatural intertwining duality of bassists Matt Fack (Fackrell) and Toby Peterson-Stewart, backed by flamboyant drummer Jerome Lematua, taps into this distinct frequency that sings in ways that vocals could not replicate; a constant that has remained true since the band’s formation in 2016. The Omnific’s mosaic of progressive rock, djent, funk, and synth-driven soundscapes has captivated a worldwide following, with the young virtuosic band accruing millions of streams and views on Spotify and YouTube, respectively. The Omnific have built a reputation for delivering stunning technical live shows that include international headlining tours, and sharing stages with the likes of Between The Buried And MeIntervals, and Twelve Foot Ninja. This year, the group toured with Ne Obliviscaris in Europe, and Polyphia on their sold out Australian tour; following Polyphia’s own Clay Gober featuring on the Escapades hit track Antecedent.
A keen eye may catch that the name Phat Mackerel comes from a spoonerism of Fackrell’s name, one which he has been tagged with for his entire life. Now years later and with the trio’s combined power, The Omnific slap and tap their way through virtual realms, seeking to finally settle the score with the track’s titular foe. Adam Bentley (Felix Martin, Arch Echo) and Ermin Hamidovic (Plini, Periphery, Devin Townsend) return for mixing and mastering duties respectively, injecting this latest single with the same shine and pop that made Escapades so immediately visceral. Airy atmospheric textures serve as a scale-setting backdrop to the dexterous wallop of twin bass guitars and the precise punch of percussion, culminating in an epic display of technical ability, unbridled creativity, and the quirky charisma that The Omnific imbues in its craft.

Debuting alongside Phat Mackerel is an accompanying music video for the track. Captured by director Jamie McVicker (Plini, I Built The Sky), the nostalgic visual accompaniment depicts The Omnific’s mission to defeat The Mack, with the trio’s quirky sense of humour and passion for retro gaming immediately shining through, even capping off with a boss fight against Phat Mackerel himself. As if he were Captain Ahab to Phat Mackerel’s Moby Dick, Fack concludes, “Born to be Matt Fackrell, forced to be Phat Mackerel. After a life filled with the name Phat Mackerel, it’s now time to eradicate the fish once and for all!”

Watch the video for Phat Mackerel here

From Melbourne to New York, and everywhere in between, the band will embark on a landmark 46-date Phat Mackerel World Tour, covering Australia, Europe, UK, USA, and Canada; including legendary festivals BIGSOUND (AU), Reeperbahn (DE), and Euroblast (DE), plus supporting fellow Australians Ne Obliviscaris across North America. The world’s most prominent bass driven instrumental rock act are firmly in the global spotlight. With Phat Mackerel, there are no signs of stopping anytime soon.

The Omnific’s Phat Mackerel is available now for audio and visual consumption, via
Wild Thing Records.