Photo: David Hultesjö
Photo: David Hultesjö

Dark, guitar-driven alternative rock clashes with unorthodox pedal steel melodies on Omni of Halos’ new track ”Empty Shell.” Mixed by legendary producer and engineer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile) and featuring an artwork illustrated by Viagra Boy’s frontman Sebastian Murphy, ”Empty Shell” is released as the second single leading up to the Swedish group’s self-titled debut album. The single is released with a skewed music video recorded in the Swedish countryside.

Henrik Hjelt Röstberg from Omni of Halos comments:

”Empty Shell” started out with a riff created by our own “Bonham” Markku Mulari. We then drenched it in obscure, dark guitars. The lyrics are about lack of self-awareness."

Artwork: Sebastian Murphy (Viagra Boys)
Artwork: Sebastian Murphy (Viagra Boys)

”Empty Shell” is out now on all streaming platforms together with a music video. Omni of Halos’ self-titled album will be released on Lövely Records on the 18th of November. The album will be available in vinyl and digital formats.

Watch the "Empty Shell" music video:

Invitingly warm yet intense and rugged, Omni of Halos arrives as a hypnotizing explosion of noisy pop music derived from skewed, guitar-driven melodies. It is this honest blaze of creativity where Omni of Halos thrives and provides shelter to the misunderstood.

Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, Omni of Halos is a five-piece band with lo-fi tendencies but lives in heavy alternative noise rock soundscapes. It’s beauty and darkness combined.

The band formed in late 2020, arising from various early Swedish indie and punk rock bands, and shortly after their formation, they entered Welfare Sounds Studio with Per Stålberg (Division of Laura Lee, Pablo Matisse, etc.). Equipped with a ton of riffs and a desire to explore what the studio surroundings would provide them as a recording unit, they came away from this first session having captured experimental and vibrant music that inspired them to continue down the same path. In quick succession, Omni of Halos found their sound, navigated by blasting guitars interwoven with distinct, unorthodox pedal steel guitar melodies. A sound that producer and engineer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile) further enhanced when he took on the opportunity to put the final touches on the recordings by mixing 10 tracks at his studio in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“We just wanted to play massive indie rock with no limitations or influences,” says singer, guitarist and songwriter Henrik Hjelt Röstberg.

The meeting between John Agnello and Omni of Halos sparked what then became a friendship as the synergy between him and the band was something that extended beyond these first mixes. After working on the 10 tracks they continued working on more new music and that would then lead to Agnello crossing the pond, setting up in Sweden with the band to continue working. The recordings continued at the legendary Swedish studio Svenska Grammofonstudion and the result of that is will soon be released as the debut album.

"We aim to be a hard-working band, stay on the road and accomplish memorable live performances where our music is at its best.", says Henrik Hjelt Röstberg.