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Friday, March 14 • 1:00am - 1:30am
No Age

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Dean Spunt and Randy Randall, two young heavyweights from the LA skate/art/punk underworld, comprise No Age – a super-talented noise pop two piece, who decided to release five limited vinyl-only releases on a variety of DIY indie labels across the globe on the same day (namely UTR, Deleted Art, Teardrops, Youth Attack, and Dean’s own PPM label); Weirdo Rippers is a collection of highlights for these releases. Despite its multiple sources, the track-listing for Weirdo Rippers follows a narrative of its own, with the songs traversing a wealth of sonic territory, though cohering effectively as an album. Formed from the ashes of the fondly remembered Wives, No Age purvey a stripped, essential, life-affirming skewed take on pop delivered via a clearly defined punk-rock aesthetic, taking noise, energy and melody in equal measure. Reminiscent at various junctures of the likes of early Black Dice, The Ramones, and My Bloody Valentine, Weirdo Rippers documents a fast developing band hitting their stride. Harnessing an explosive dynamic tension, No Age’s music is prone to switch from syncopated punk-rock squalls to melodic, transient flashes of colour – or conversely, a pop song might spontaneously cut through the noise. On some basic, fundamental level, No Age simply don’t behave quite how you expect them to – they are their own band, full of their own conviction, and following their own trajectory. Since their first performance at LA’s The Smell in April 2006, the band have continued Wives’s tradition of incendiary live shows, playing as frequently as possible, expounding a visceral energy on an equal footing with their recorded output, via guitar, drums, vocals and a minimal amount of effects. No Age’s music is deceptively simple in its construction, yet thoroughly compelling. Raw, considered and skilfully arranged, these eleven tracks are overflowing with ideas, ambition and intent. Both Randy and Dean are also involved in a curatorial, social, and artistic sense with the aforementioned The Smell, an all-ages, mutually-supportive grassroots space dedicated to underground music and art. (The Smell is the building featured on the Weirdo Rippers album cover. Randy and Dean also create video, performance and visual art together under the name No Age and individually, and recently curated the “Get Hurt” exhibition in LA, featuring works by Devendra Banhart, Rich Jacobs, Ron Rege Jr., Matthew Thurber, Susan CianCiolo, and Ashley Macomber, to name a few.san CianCiolo, and Ashley Macomber to name a few.
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Friday March 14, 2008 1:00am - 1:30am
Habana Annex Backyard 708 E 6th St

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