Wesleyan rocktimists, pay heed: No Age, the massively acclaimed Sub Pop-based noise-punk duo behind 2007’s Nouns and 2010’s Everything in Between, is set to perform in Eclectic Haus this Thursday for a night of sweat, passion, and tinnitus—and probably the most cacophonous rock show this side of Lightning Bolt or Titus.
EULA, an utterly frantic up-and-coming three-piece from New Haven, will open. The band has recently opened for the likes of Mission of Burma, and it tastes more or less “like post-punk-pre-historic-medium-gauge-no-wave, with a splash of lemon.” (The real opener, though, is Antonin Scalia, whose much-discussed lecture in Memorial Chapel is expected to end at least forty minutes before this show begins. Yes, you can attend both, and what a night that would be.)
Tickets are available to reserve online now. Pickup will be in Usdan this coming week at times TBA. (They’re $5 cash upon pickup—not free.)
No Age (which takes its name from an old SST compilation, if that gives you any indication) is the project of guitarist Randy Randall and drummer/vocalist Dean Allen Sprout, two LA-based skate punks-turned-indie-heroes. After rising out of the ashes of hardcore trio Wives in 2005, the band built up steam for its explosive shows in and around downtown LA’s Smell venue in 2006 and 2007. Nouns, the band’s first (and arguably best) LP, popped up in ’07 and garnered immediate critical acclaim. Today, I can’t imagine any other band with just two members producing such a dense assault of sheer sound.
Sub Pop writes:
Forever cascading forward in a positive direction, gleefully instinctive, No Age erupt out of your speakers, blasting away the clouds above the smoggy cityscape to reveal a solar flaring sun. With an ecstatic force bubbling around and beyond their music, they release contagious energy like they’re main-lining a field full of whirring wind turbines, while tuned into an ancient celestial power source.
No Age [is] on a constant journey to explore the furthest reaches of sound. They set out with one particular rule in mind: To write songs that we would be psyched to listen to. On a first listen, discovering each new dose of their alchemy is exhilarating—they produce perfectly crafted songs, underpinned by infectious melodies and ear-piercing cacophony. This swirling mix of unstoppable momentum is catapulted into the stratosphere by sweeping bursts of symphonic growls. Their power is enunciated through their ability to take their core of catchy song-writing and expand its emotional influence through tone, structure and noise. Everything in Between, their third album and follow-up to 2008’s Nouns has now arrived.
EULA is a girl punk three-piece originally from New Haven but now found in Brooklyn. When I saw them open for Mission of Burma earlier this year, I described them as a more spastic Shellac with Patti Smith singing, though you may as well watch some performance videos for yourself here, here, and here. Here’s a small bio from the band itself:
EULA is packed with ferocious guitars, plunging melodies, super gnarrrly bass and pounding drums. This Brooklyn trio’s live shows are notoriously energetic, while Alyse Lamb’s soaring vocals and chaotic guitar playing is a style all her own. Super fresh after opening for Mission of Burma, they are ready to rock your socks off after math class. Bring a change of pants.