No Age – Everything In Between No Age – Everything In Between

No Age - Everything In Between

Far too often, punk rock music is ironically confined to a very narrow sound. For a genre which claims stark individualism and independence as its main tenants, this is unacceptable. No Age is the refreshing exception to the rule, providing punk rock with experimentation that’s as counter-mainstream as any safety pins or studded belts will ever be.

“I want you back underneath my skin” belts the lead single, “Glitter,” from noise-punk duo No Age’s new album Everything in Between. With the fuzzy indie/lofi/punk of No Age, Japandroids, and Wavves hitting huge on the blogscape the time of this so-Cal band’s debut Nouns, it seemed as if a sophomoric curse was inevitable. With songs such as “Teen Creeps” restrained as spazzy, refined as raw, Nouns made for one of the best pitchforkXcore albums around.

But No Age seems to have done something most bands can’t; mature and hone their sound without alienating their base or making a crap album. While Nouns is a scrappy collection of punk anthems trying, and for the most part succeeding, to be intellectual, Everything in Between is an album full of punk anthems for intellectuals.

The best song on the album has to be the fast “Fever Dreaming.” The song’s fast and noisy, with a hook that had a friend of mine asking why I was “listening to cats screaming.” A more perfect description of No Age’s anti-music screeching has never been said. The album mixes between upbeat frantic punk rock numbers and more somber, dare I say, “indie rock” songs, making for a captivating listen. Go out and buy, or illegally download, this album and Nouns.

1. Life Prowler
2. Glitter
3. Fever Dreaming
4. Depletion
5. Common Heat
6. Skinned
7. Katerpillar
8. Valley Hump Crash
9. Sorts
10. Dusted
11. Positive Amputation
12. Shed And Transcend
13. Chem Trails

No Age - Everything In Between, reviewed by Jesser on 2010-12-02T15:46:03-08:00 rating 4.0 out of 5

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