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No Age Nouns

  • Words: Joe Colly
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • XLR8R Rating: 9/10

After whetting appetites with last year’s stellar singles collection, Weirdo Rippers, L.A. noise-rockers No Age offer their first proper full-length in Nouns, an absolute winner of a record. For their switch to indie powerhouse Sub Pop, the band doesn’t polish any of its trademark scuzz, and manages to retain all of the punk insistency of its earlier work. Nouns also offers plenty of beauty and melody, and what makes the album succeed is the seamlessness with which these elements are folded into the otherwise rough mix. Tracks like the Cramps-y “Teen Creeps” and the brilliant rocker “Sleeper Hold” show off this blend of noise and harmony particularly well. This is the punk record you’ve been waiting for.

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