Los Angeles experimental lo-fi drum-and-guitar duo No Age are Dean Spunt and Randy Randall, ex-members of hardcore band Wives. Through assorted indie labels, No Age released limited runs of vinyl-only EPs before collecting many of those tracks for the singles collection Weirdo Rippers, issued by U.K. label FatCat in summer 2007. The record's cover pays respect to the Smell, a venue/art space they felt was partially responsible for the livelihood of both No Age and Wives. The duo is also known for its videos, performance art, and visual art, as well as curating an exhibition that included works by Devendra Banhart and others. The band moved to Sub Pop in 2008 and released its full-fledged debut album, Nouns. Partly recorded at Southern Studios in London, Nouns saw the band add a pop flavor to its hardcore punk assault and was widely critically acclaimed, charting highly on many best-of-year lists. The group's sophomore effort, Everything in Between, followed in 2010, and in between albums and tours they remained busy with other art projects, including a performance alongside video artist Doug Aitken and actress Chloë Sevigny of the multimedia installation piece Black Mirror on the Greek island of Hydra in June 2011. In 2013 they recorded their third album, An Object, a conceptual work as much about the process and texture of music-making as about the music itself, with every single aspect of production and design handled by the bandmembers themselves.
No Age / WHBV / V&V / CAC
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This cassette tape was created as a part of a live performance by No Age in Cincinnati, Ohio September 9th, 2013 at the Contemporary Arts Center in Collaboration with Visionaries + Voices, We Have Become Vikings and the Contemporary Arts Center.
All music courtesy of No Age.
Cassette artwork by Visionaries + Voices artists Dale Johnson
Designed by We Have Become Vikings
Printed by Cryptogram
No Age is Randy Randall and Dean Spunt
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WHat people are saying
This enterprising DIY ethos informs No Age’s frequently awesome music. Neither plays bass, but rather than hire a session twerp to fill in parts they could never replicate live, drummer Dean Spunt and guitarist Randy Randall use their imagination – and a heap of effects pedals – to give their snotty slacker punk a thick, dreamy texture.
One quality you can’t always get across on multi-reviewer sites like Paste is that an album might be a disappointment in the context of a band’s own catalog, but still a highlight compared to everyone else’s. No Age is a great band; the level of quality that Dean Spunt and Randy Randall are operating at is greater than most guitar-wielders in 2013 and certainly most rock outfits that loop samples.
From the insistent kick drum and spacious tape loop guitar sounds at the beginning of Life Prowler, it is clear that Everything In Between is not your average punk record. Expansive shoegaze sounds and layered soundscapes are the hallmarks of No Age sound that set the band apart from the more simplistic forms of punk embraced by the masses.