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Randy Randall of No Age starts anew with Pissed Jeans’ Sean McGuinness in Rat Fist

Photo via facebook.com/ratfisted
Photo via facebook.com/ratfisted

Randy Randall was caught up in how good he and Sean McGuinness were feeling about starting their new project, Rat Fist, to the point that while laying the music, they’d looked past a crucial part: vocals.

“Sean and I were driving back to recording one day and we were saying, ‘Well, now all we have left to do is the vocals,’” Randall says. “So I asked him, ‘Do you want to sing?’ and he’s like, ‘No, do you want to sing?’ And then we’re both like, ‘Uh… well, let’s both do it. We can both give it a shot.’”

It’s the first time Randall and McGuinness – best known for being the guitarist in No Age and drummer in Pissed Jeans, respectively – are singing in a band, so it’s taken a little bit of adjusting. They’re splitting lyric writing roles too, another first for them both. And the lines on “Disrupt yr DNA,” “You smile and burp while your insides are rotting/ The stench of your decay is… offensive,” are Randall’s doing.

“But it’s an equal collaboration,” he says. “He came up with some songs, I came up some songs. That song, ‘Disrupt Yr DNA,’ I’m singing on that one and I’m not really a trained singer but it has a punk feel to it so whatever. It doesn’t really matter too much what sounds my mouth makes when I open my mouth.”

Even singing and playing guitar simultaneously is something new for Randall. He says that since his bandmate Dean Spunt writes the lyrics and sings in their experimental punk-leaning two-piece No Age, he generally refrains from it entirely. So the prospect of taking his song, “Disrupt yr DNA” out on the road is exciting. Continue reading →

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My Morning Download: by “An Impression” by No Age

Photo credit: No Age
Photo credit: No Age
The experimental indie art-rock Los Angeles based band, No Age, features guitarist Randy Randall and drummer/vocalist Dean Allen Spunt. Just in town to play at show at PhilaMOCA, the band recently released its fourth album, An Object, on Sub Pop Records. Below, download “An Impression”

Purchase No Age’s An Object here.

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Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Blayer Pointdujour at Ortlieb’s, Alo Brasil at World Cafe Live, No Age at PhilaMOCA

blayer Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore are playing at Ortlieb’s Lounge tonight. The local eclectic, punk, hip-hop outfit recently released The Villain EP, featuring a collaborative piece with Philly experimental hip-hop artist Kuf Knotz called “Big Haiti’s Dream.” Find more information and tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here. Get ready for the set by streaming and downloading the entire EP here. Listen to “Big Haiti’s Dream” below.

Alo Brasil is heating up the dance floor tonight at World Cafe Live, and are sure to continue a great performance from this summer’s XPonential Festival. The twelve piece traditional samba band is celebrating Brazil’s Independence Day with their amazing dance beat sound and dazzling dancers. Join in the celebration and get tickets for tonight’s show here. Get excited for the performance by watching clips from their February show below.

LA dynamo duo No Age is playing at PhilaMOCA tonight. The experimental punk outfit has been touring in support of their recent release of their fourth studio album An Object; which can be streamed by Sub Pop Records here. Find details and tickets for tonight’s 8 p.m. show here. Prepare for the show with their KCRW performance of “C’mon, Stimmung” below.

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Get simple with No Age’s video for “An Impression” (playing PhilaMOCA 9/7)

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Experimental pop group No Age released their fourth album, An Object, earlier this month, and their late summer tour brings them to town to play PhilaMOCA on September 7th. The duo recently released a video for their single “An Impression” which, like the music and the band itself, feels rather minimal. It mostly features a reddish background, with a piece of paper centered on screen and occasionally flashing ever-changing images.  The simplicity of the video fits perfectly with the mellow rock of the tune.  Waves of vocals wash over slightly distorted guitars and contact-mic drums.  Watch the video below and get more information on their show here.

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Stream No Age’s new LP An Object via NPR Music (playing PhilaMOCA on 9/7)

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L.A.’s No Age will release An Object next week, the experimental / punk noise duo’s follow-up to 2010′s Everything in Between.  Streaming now on NPR Music’s First Listen, An Object is a bit of a departure from No Age’s earlier efforts in both sound and presentation.  Songs like “Lock Box” and “Defector/ed” are rooted in the grungy punk days of Everything in Between, but instead of an all-out, 30 minute thrash fest, there are many moments of melodic and delicate beauty that, together with the brashness, reflect the mission of the album to be an exploration of dichotomies (analog vs. digital, tangible objects vs. intangible elements).  No Age will play PhilaMOCA on September 7th with Perfume River; tickets and information can be found here.  Stream “An Impression” below and listen to the full album here.

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Listen to No Age’s minimal new single “An Impression” (playing PhilaMOCA on 9/7)

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Experimental punk group No Age will release the follow up to 2010′s Everything In Between this August.  The new album, An Object, has a strong theme of physicality and uses many odd objects in recordings, such as sandpaper and a lot of contact mics.  This week the group released a new single from the album called “An Impression.”  The track is a bit more tame than some of No Age’s other work, but no less beautiful.  The two and a half minute track features minimal drums (this is where the contact mics come in handy) and guitar around quiet vocals.  Check out the track below and catch No Age at PhilaMOCA September 7th.

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No Age debut “I Won’t Be Your Generator” in The Netherlands, gear up for August release of An Object (playing PhilaMOCA on 9/7)

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Sub Pop outfit No Age is following up 2010′s critically acclaimed Everything in Between with their fourth full-length An Object, expected out on August 20th.  The experimental / art-punk duo of Randy Randall (guitarist) and Dean Allen Spunt (drummer/vocalist) sprouted from the creative soil of LA hardcore / noise rock trio Wives in 2005 and have turned their current project into an exploration of the relationship between analog and digital art.

True to the album’s name, No Age pinched and prodded the instrumentation and sound of the tracks on An Object with tangible manipulations like modified speakers and over-blown contact mics.  And eschewing the industry-standard electronic press kit, No Age’s hands-on approach extended beyond the boundaries of recording and into the packaging, marketing and promotion areas as well.  Randall and Spunt worked with designer and friend Brian Roettinger to create everything from the album art to the liner notes and crafted an object to send to labels and press outlets announcing the new record, their involvement emphasized on the lid by the tagline “manufactured by No Age.”

While on tour in Europe, No Age debuted the song “I Won’t Be Your Generator” off of An Object during their Best Kept Secret Festival set in The Netherlands; watch a live recording of the song below, backed with An Object lead track “No Ground.”  They’ll bring their new album to PhilaMOCA for a show on September 7th.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here.

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Concert Review: No Age, Small Black, and Grandchildren at First Unitarian Church

Grandchildren
Grandchildren

When it came to Monday night’s concert lineup, the general consensus was that there were too many good shows to choose from. Pissed Jeans at The Ox, Holy F–k and Indian Jewelry at Johnny Brenda’s, and No Age, Small Black, and Grandchildren at First Unitarian Church. Of course, that’s a good problem to have (and better than the alternative). So we tried not to sweat the decision too much, and felt very little remorse over skipping out on the first two options in favor of the last one.

If you haven’t seen Granchildren‘s name plastered all over the Internet by now, get ready for it. The local sextet’s much-anticipated debut album, Everlasting, will be released by Green Owl on September 28th, and we fully expect it to earn a spot on most “Top 10 Local Albums Of 2010″ lists—if not more lofty accolades. (Look for our interview and record review prior to the band’s record-release show Friday, October 8th, at Johnny Brenda’s; meanwhile, you can listen to a streaming version here.) Monday night, everything about Grandchildren’s onstage setup screamed “art rock”: the all-white outfits, the two drum kits (OK, more like one and a half), the montage of colorful images projected onto the band members, the musical-chairs-esque switching of instruments in between (and occasionally during) songs. If you’re the kind of person that immediately dismisses those things as pretentious, you probably wouldn’t be as impressed as we were by the band’s set of rhythm-oriented experimental rock, which was accentuated by numerous vocal harmonies and nimble acoustic guitar work. A break toward the end of the set would have served as the perfect stopping point for an opening performance; instead, it was a slightly awkward pause before the band launched into two more songs, that—in addition to feeling tacked on—spread Grandchildren’s bag of tricks a little too thin. But, if our only gripe with the band’s performance is that it was too much of a good thing, we can live with that.

How much reverb can one band’s vocals, synthesizers, and glitchy electronics be drenched in before the audience gets lost in a giant cavernous mess, with nothing left to cling to other than the throbbing beat of an electronic kick drum? Brooklyn quartet Small Black seems determined to find out. Once you get past the unfortunate “chillwave” label that lo-fi electronic acts such as Small Black have been saddled with (then again, how else would you describe the music—”nu-new-wave?”), anyone who cares to look will discover plenty of admirable moments and small flourishes on the band’s upcoming full-length, New Chain (to be released by Jagjaguwar on October 26th). Too bad that, during Monday night’s live performance, it was impossible to cut a swath through the echoing din of electronic instruments.

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No Age

L.A. noise-rock duo No Age has been been called many things by an adoring press: one of the biggest names associated with the scene surrounding L.A.’s all-ages, DIY venue The Smell, spiritual successors to bands such Mission Of Burma, and a pair of absolute road warriors who are constantly on tour. However, it still catches us a little off-guard when bands that are often lauded for their experimental tendencies simultaneously serve as the perfect soundtrack to a mosh pit. But there it was, right in front of the stage at First Unitarian Church, as guitarist Randy Randall and drummer Dean Allen Spunt (who were occasionally accompanied by knob-twiddler/noise-producer Facundo Bermudez) plowed their way through a set of riff-heavy, ear-splitting rock primarily off the band’s upcoming Sub Pop album, Everything In Between. Moshing and crowd surfing at No Age shows aren’t anything new, and—as far as we can tell, nobody in or around the pit hurt themselves too much (with the possible except of one younger guy in a red-and-white striped t-shirt, who took what appeared to be a pretty rough tumble)—so, you know, whatever works for you. What we really want to know is—in addition to seeing what we imagine was the best show out of the night’s big trio of options—did we also get the best mosh pit of the night?

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