No Age: Out Of 'Sorts' With Torrents Of Distortion

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In "Sorts," the noise-punk band No Age refines its sound, to the point where it'd work as pre-show music for an AC/DC arena concert. Todd Cole hide caption

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Thursday's Pick

Song: "Sorts"

Artist: No Age

CD: Everything in Between

Genre: Noise-Rock

In 2005, No Age started out playing gigs at a Los Angeles hole-in-the-wall venue called the Smell, playing sweaty gigs to a small audience of like-minded punks. But guitarist Randy Randall and drummer Dean Spunt have since gone on to earn the unofficial title of New Kings of Noise Rock, with high-profile slots at festivals like Lollapalooza and gushing praise from publications like The New Yorker. Sonic Youth even offered No Age an opening slot at a recent Los Angeles show with Pavement.

No Age's past records focused on speed, cacophony and awesomely filthy lo-fi production, but the new Everything In Between emphasizes tighter hooks and melodies that'd sound great as pre-show music for an AC/DC arena concert. In "Sorts," Randall and Spunt lay down a comparatively conventional rock groove, with crunchy, fuzzed-out riffs and a hypnotic beat. But then the song explodes halfway through, with Randall unleashing torrents of distortion and Spunt crooning theoretically pop-friendly lyrics like "La la la."

No Age may have ratcheted up its pop-friendly appeal on Everything in Between, but it's still got its slacker-punk morals in check. "I fell asleep and fell to my feet / Credit is not my belief," Spunt sings in an off-key drawl. "I don't wanna be a better one / I won't believe it in the end."



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