Even at 10 p.m., it was a hot, sweaty mess. Bachelorette brigades and frat boys mixed with Hopscotch Music Festival crowds on the streets of downtown Raleigh. After a brief photo shoot for a Question Dot GIF feature on nprmusic, Obnox’s Lamont Thomas and I jaywalked across the street to his van, fired up the A/C and has this brief chat about the Cleveland punk scene.
He gives serious credit to Pere Ubu, The Pagans, Rocket from the Tombs — “If you’re listening to punk in America and don’t know who these people are, then you’re f——’ up,” he says — but Thomas could just as easily slot himself in there as a member of Bassholes, Puffy Areolas, and This Moment In Black History.
Afterward, we chilled in the van, talked about Payne’s BBQ in Memphis (I was wearing a t-shirt) while he played me a bunch of unreleased Obnox material. Anyway, just wanted to share this audio because Lamont’s a trip.
Photo: adamkissick for NPR