No Age announce details of new album 'Everything in Between'
While local duo No Age has long been associated with the lo-fi punk rock coming out of downtown DIY haven The Smell, their sound has always sought to bridge the gap between hardcore, ambient and pop -- an inclination evidenced by the wide-ranging taste of guitarist Randy Randall featured on a recent mix for Artist Advocacy, which included everything from Brian Eno to Black Flag to Squeeze.
Judging from the name of their forthcoming full-length, "Everything in Between," Dean Spunt and Randall will continue to defy expectations, pulling from an array of influences, shifting tempos and dabbling with collage sampling. Slated for a Sept. 28 release on Sub Pop -- two days before to the band's coveted slot opening for Sonic Youth and Pavement at the Hollywood Bowl -- details of their third full-length album had been relatively scarce until now.
However, Randall told Pitchfork in January that "it's kind of a sound-collage element that's rooted in the songwriting process for some of the tracks, and some of them are sort of straight-up songs with textures and flurries of sampled sounds. It's not a whole lot different than from what we have done in the past; there's no big departures. But the creative process is evolving more."
In an interview with Rolling Stone last week, Spunt described the new songs as "experimental but [with] hooks. It doesn't sound like a lo-fi pop record. It just sounds like awesome." The interview also name-dropped the Ramones and Husker Du as points of reference, which is rarely a bad thing.
While speculation is just that, the album's song titles yield a glimpse into what can be expected: "Life Prowler," "Fever Dreaming," "Skinned," "Valley Hump Crash," "Shred and Transcend" and "Glitter." Presumably, the latter does not concern the failed 2001 Mariah Carey vehicle about a young girl with a huge voice chasing her dreams in the big city. The record will also boast a track called "Chem Trails," which will hopefully not raise the ire of Beck.
-- Jeff Weiss
MP3: No Age - "Eraser"
Photo: No Age. Credit: Ed Templeton