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Now, here’s a face I never thought I’d see on the NPR website. Hillary? Sure. The Donald? Yes. Kim Davis? For fucks sake, I wish it wasn’t so. But Obnox, Cleveland’s own, Lamont “Bim” Thomas? As much as his profile has been steadily rising with each successive release of forward-thinking, punk’n’rap’n’soul albums, or trunk punk, as he calls it, I never considered the possiblity of Bim on NPR

On the other hand, I can’t think of a man more deserving of a high profile shout out. In a year bereft of new rock ideas, Bim stands with a the select few who are actively pushing the boundaries of a genre many have left for dead. Sure, when taken out of the context of his work as a whole, “See Me,” may not sound like the work of the man re-working rock into a new, inclusive genre, there are hints at his methods just below the surface, below that nasty guitar slaughter. Listen again and listen to the vocals. This is a soul song. You can clap your hands and dance and sing, or slamdance. That’s the thing with Obnox, here’s this one rager, but the next moment, he could slow down with a ballad, show street attitude with a hip-hop track, or count out 1-2-3-4, and set ’em up to be knocked right back down with another slammin’ punk jam. Wiglet, Bim’s 3rd LP of 2015, will be released October 6th on Ever/Never Records.