No Age readies next Grammy bid with September's 'Everything in Between'
Local noise explorers No Age will begin their second Grammy campaign next month, when they release "Everything in Between." Due Sept. 28 from Seattle's Sub Pop, the 13-track effort hasn't yet leaked -- to our knowledge, at least -- but the core of Dean Spunt and Randy Randall has at least pulled back the curtain on the album's cover art.
Pop & Hiss usually doesn't indulge in such promotional leaning posts, but No Age, aside from being one of this city's most ardent adventurers into the subtleties of ear-bleeding sonics, is a Grammy-endorsed act. At the top left, you will see the cover of No Age's 2008 album, "Nouns," a Brian Roettinger work that inspired a best recording package Grammy nomination.
Roettinger was wisely entrusted with "Everything in Between." It's a harsher and more stark work all at once -- the black background heightening the shadows and the wrinkles in what could have been a low-rent flier. It's also loud. The ALL-CAPS letters make a powerful introduction, but the fact that they're distorted and nearly destroyed hints that this is a work that will hit with a heavy force -- and then dismantle it. Or something like that. All I know is that I like it better than the cover of Metallica's "Death Magnetic," which stole the recording package Grammy from No Age (Really, Metallica? A coffin? What's next -- a scythe?)
No Age, as noted a few times on the ol' Pop & Hiss, has swelled to a three-piece, adding Cundo Bermudez to spray some electronic frequencies between the crash-and-burn of Spunt and Randall. Bermudez has helped add layers to No Age's sound, but Randall told Pop & Hiss at Austin, Texas' South by Southwest that much of "Everything in Between" was recorded without the computer whiz.
No Age will be at the Glass House in Pomona on Aug. 13, and will open for Sonic Youth and Pavement at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 30. Stay tuned to Pop & Hiss for more on the album, as well as any major happenings on Sub Pop's other SoCal acts -- Avi Buffalo and the Dum Dum Girls.
-- Todd Martens
Photos:Brian Roettinger / Sub Pop
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