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Is the secret of noise-rock to make as much noise as possible or to find beauty within the noise?



The Los Angeles-based duo of Dean Spunt and Randy Randall, who are responsible for the damaged cacophony of No Age, don't have the answer, either. But with Weirdo Rippers, a debut album that comprises five previously released, limited-edition, vinyl-only EPs (each made for a different label, no less), they try like hell to find out, practically making noise a third member.


Using and often abusing extra-crunchy guitar -- more squealing distortion than the instrument itself -- fuzzy drums and deadpan vocals, Spunt and Randall explode, violently and uncomfortably, in their punk moments ("Boy Void"), then pass out by going all shoegaze ("I Wanna Sleep," "Sun Spots") a short while later. These explosions suggest the power of influence, as if playing like the Stooges on fire is so exhausting it can only be tempered by the molten sputtering of something that resembles My Bloody Valentine. (Fittingly, at its most inviting, No Age sounds a lot like the band that serves to bridge the Stooges and My Bloody Valentine: Sonic Youth.) But they also have a thrilling start-and-stop effect. This is one band -- two people, at that -- with a ton of force at its fingertips.


Noise is the focal point. It covers the album like a blanket of humidity, and even when there's a cooling off, as happens wonderfully in "Everybody's Down," a motoring piece of garage-pop, No Age's warped, thrashing art feels steamy, hallucinatory. It's inescapable. But then again, so is the beauty.






  • Every Artist Needs a Tragedy
  • Boy Void
  • I Wanna Sleep
  • My Life's Alright Without You
  • Everybody's Down
  • Sun Spots
  • Loosen This Job
  • Neck Escaper
  • Dead Plane
  • Semi-Sorted
  • Escarpment
People - Misbegotten Man Johnny Cash The Great Lost Performance

is it just me or do they lose tunage all over the place on this record? for all the good reviews that this record has gotten...i don't know.


what do you mean by lose tunage?
it's one of my favorite records of 07.

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No depro is right. I would say his record is overated. Yeah the noise stuff is interesting and there are good parts, but the songs build up to nothing. The other problem is the vocals tend to reveal a heavy emo background. It's not good. I would just stick to THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN and DINOSAUR JR.

ray cappo

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