LA’s No Age make their Australian debut

Rhece Anthony

 

LA noise rock veterans No Age make their Australian stage debut.

 

It takes a couple of seconds before the guitars clang to life on No Age’s 2018 album Snares Like a Haircut. But once they do, they herald in an energy that doesn’t let up till the album’s over.

 

With more than a decade’s worth of noisy lo-fi punk and arty rock tracks under their belt, the LA two-piece take to an Australian stage for the first time on February 14.

 

Coming off the back of a prolific 2018 that saw the duo play across Europe and the US, guitarist Randy Randall, and drummer and vocalist Dean Allen Spunt are keen to bring their unique take on guitar music to the Oxford Art Factory.

 

Their most recent effort is a loud and lo-fi journey into hazy guitars and snappy drumming, and brims at every corner with rebellion and anthemic enthusiasm. In fact, many of the songs here could be described as anthems; Spunt’s yelled vocals evoke an arena-rock spirit, and the songwriting is memorable throughout.

 

It’s an intentional change of direction, from the artistic set-pieces of their studio albums to a collection of songs crafted to sound brilliant in front of an audience.

 

 

Cuts like “Soft Collar Fad” and “Drippy” stand out as high-energy punk tracks sure to be crowd favourites. The slightly more held-back moments off the album, such as “Squashed” and “Send Me” trade that mosh-pit aggression for an indie-rock charm.

 

No Age formed in 2005 after the dissolution of Randall and Spunt’s first musical venture, Wives.

 

The pair became involved with an LA punk venue and artist space called The Smell where they began to garner critical praise and a cult following after playing a few shows and releasing their first compilation: Weirdo Rippers.

 

Their next release and first studio album, Nouns, was one of the most celebrated of 2008. It was here that the mix of the shoegaze of My Bloody Valentine and the punk rock ethos of bands like Ramones was perfected.

 

In the following years they interspersed giant tours with studio time, and released Everything in Between (2010) and An Object (2013). These albums each explored a different, slightly toned-down style of their music and helped cement their position and influence in the alternative music community.

 

But with Snares Like a Haircut being a return to the approach that made Nouns so great, No Age prove that they’re far from finished. It could just be the strongest form they’ve been in, and a perfect time to deliver some killer shows across Australia and NZ.