Every once in awhile we come across a band that is doing something unique with our instruments, something that really stands out. This is one of those times. The Omnific, a progressive experimental band from Melbourne, Australia, are unique not just because of their sound, but how they get it. The band consists of a drummer, and two bass players who both rock 5-string Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo basses. That’s it. You read that right. Bassists Matthew Fackrell and Toby Peterson-Stewart join drummer Jerome Lematua to create a rhythm section that has a sound all its own. Listen to their track, Objets de Vertu, below to hear for yourself.


The Bongo 5 represents everything a modern five string bass should be: well balanced, comfortable, resonant and expressive with effortless playability. The double cutaway basswood body design is of superior construction and along with a 24 fret finished neck offers unimpeded access for high register two octave fretwork. Available in single humbucking, double humbucking and humbucking single configurations the Bongo along with its 4 band EQ, Neodymium pickups and 18V active preamp deliver a powerful combination of unparalleled tonal diversity. Learn more about the history of the Bongo bass here.


Watch Fackrell and Peterson-Stewart play through the two bass parts for “Objets de Vertu” in their entirety below.

Download The Omnific’s debut EP, The Cuneiform Script, for FREE here.

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