No Age is the loudest band I have ever heard in my life. Hands down. Bar none. This is a distinction they are not afraid to wear proudly on their sleeve, like a badge of honor. In an indie music scene that has gotten increasingly over-saturated with over produced, verbosely arranged fluff, this is a band that doesn't subscribe to any dainty aesthetic. They'd rather bust down the doors, and kick you right in the teeth. Granted, the LA-based, Subpop Records two piece, consisting of guitarist Randy Randall, and drummer/vocalist Dean Allen Spunt, are no strangers to their own style of elaborated arrangements. Their sound is a careful blend of digestible pop-melody and harsh, dissonant, and abrasive noise. Their sound is surprisingly full for a two man outfit, and a lot of that comes from the calculated use of feedback and distortion, which is no easy task. The sonic landscape created by their multitude of guitar sounds is nothing short of impressive.
On Thursday, at Music Hall of Williamsburg, No Age came prepared to melt some faces. The 550 capacity brick wall venue was no match for the group's amplification. You could feel every drum strike deep in the pit of your stomach, and the overwhelming ferocity of the guitar was enough to make your eyelids rattle over your eyeballs. This was not a show for the faint at heart, or a rock n roll beginner. It took years of punk rock conditioning for me to be able to handle that, and it was worth every second. Their raucous style easily transitioned to the stage. They kept their set short and sweet. The vocals took a bit of a backseat, getting drowned out by the guitar and drums that were truly being pushed to their limits, but it didn't seem to sacrifice the effectiveness of their delivery. Every chord strike could be felt, and if you left that show without a ringing in your ears, you probably sought refuge somewhere in the basement lounge. No Age is no joke, but I suggest you don't forget your ear plugs unless you're going for the total experience.
No Age released their fourth album, An Object, on August 20. You can pick it up via Subpop Records by visiting the link below: