ANOMIE & ENTROPY TAKE A RANDOM STROLL THRU THE N.E. CORRIDOR AND COME BACK TO THE SMELL OF L.A. WEARING A NO AGE T-SHIRT
i’m a little off. not like ‘off from work’, tho sweet jesus on the cross knows i have missed a few days o’ punchin’ the ticket lately. and not off like ‘off my rocker’, tho you’d never know it from looking at me. i’m off like two hoes shy of a complete tool kit. where the fuck are my hoes? dunno. where i used to have mental acuity i now have blunt trauma served up by a blue-plate special. i’m not so acute any more. that’s why i wasn’t sure if what i was hearing when i first heard NO AGE was as good as i was claiming it was to all who would listen…..which consisted of me and my 2 missing blunt hoes in a mirror.
when i first heard ‘em, what i heard was some weird cross-breeding experiment between the buzzcocks (“ever fallen in love?”) & pere ubu (final solution). drummer dean spunt was somehow to david thomas what axe man randy was to pete shelley. together & in heat, NO AGE become new age dopplegangers for the new noise circuit. so uncertain was i and being oddly of very low self-esteem these days (i told ya, i’m OFF), well, ya know pedro the lion? & how david bazan “trusts” his own personal jesus, t. william walsh, on “bands w/ managers”? well bully for him, cuz i got my own go-to guy and fellow punk aesthete tp kern to fall back on. and when i told him what i thought about NO AGE, he validated the very high bar i had set for NO AGE by astutely adding: “of the trifecta of new/old noise bands out of late (cloud nothings, yuck & NO AGE) i like no age the best and feel they are the most original. i see great things from them based on the last 2 pretty awesome records.”
so yeah new pals o’ mine (ok, just one of my new pals, randy) checked in from the road where they were on some sort of junket-in-between-album releases way to buy some groceries on the eve of the destruction that will be their new opus effort due….when exactly, you ask? dunno, when it’s done, i posit. opening at a dive (DBA) that smelled like LA dive “The Smell” where they came from on march 7, then taking their first rate guitar & drum kit on the road to entertain the preppies & otherwise collegiate masses (ok, a couple of hundred students) in new england. here’s randy’s take on my take on what they were taking away from their ides of march dayish ride on the NE corridor tour to pay their rent and bust some chops.
death by audio or wesleyan university?
Very different shows, different audiences. I gotta go with DBA just because it is an independently run DIY space that operates on the blood, sweat and tears of very dedicated individuals who put music at the forefront of their lives.
mosh-pitters or posh preppies?
Moshers all the way!
where have you had the most fun so far?
The east coast run we just did was a lot of fun! For some reason Bennington, Vermont was a highlight for me. I’m not exactly sure why. The location was beautiful and it is the furthest north we have been. Greensboro, NC was also super rad. The PA at the Blind Tiger was insane! Mega speaker stacks, tons of low end in the subs, and very powerful monitors: all of which adds up to the fact that I get to run the amps on stage very loud. A situation that always makes me a happy camper.
what’s it like being back on the road? particularly w/out supporting a new album?
It is a lot of fun being out on the road this time around. It’s way cool getting to go to towns we hadn’t been to before. We are back to being a 2 piece again live and that is a lot of fun and spontaneous. It is still weird
for me to think about playing live shows as only a form of promotion for a record. I suppose that is what a lot of bands do, but for us it just seems like putting the cart before the horse.
We are a band. We play live music. We spend more time on stages all over the place playing live than we do in a space recording an album. So, I look at it as though the records support the live shows; not the other way around. We played some new songs live on this run that may or may not be on the next record. Really, “the play(ing) is the thing.”
with the new album coming out (whenever), you hope to (fill-in-the-blank)
Destroy people’s ear buds. Is it possible to make a song that will melt skull candy head phones?
Whatever, the record will come out when it is done, who knows when,
and it will make you want to go outside and erase all the lines in your life. Start from scratch, re-design your brain. You are the architect of your own world. This is the soundtrack to internal demolition!
Sound good? I would listen to that. Captain Beefheart- Trout Mask Replica, Clear Spot, Spotlight Kid; Sonic Youth- Goo, Daydream Nation; John Fahey, Banned in DC, Fela Kuti, Johnathan Richman, KARP, Reign in Blood. These things restructured my life.
in terms of the band, define “success for us is” (fill-in-the-blank)
Buying groceries and being understood.
Sometimes these 2 things can be hard to accomplish simultaneously. Its about survival and communication. Thats all anyone can hope for. Anything more than that is a reflection of greed and ego.
you mentioned bradfrod cox is a friend. who else do you hang with? what bands would you pay to see?
We got a bunch of friends where we live in LA. Our music friends are: Dunes, Protect Me, Infinite Body, High Places, Bleached, Crazy Band.
I would pay to see a ton of bands:
too many to really list out, I just tried and it looked stupid. I am definitely not the kinda person that has to be on a list to go see a band play. I saw Nick Lowe 2 nights in row and payed for 2 tickets each night and it was worth every cent.
your motto as a band would be what, exactly?
I dunno, trying to fit something into a motto seems too easy. I always like the Minute Men “start your own band” or D. Boone’s “Punk is what you make it.”
a two person dynamic is at work here. do you and dean ever fight? what about? how does it get resolved?
We have healthy fights usually over creative ideas or personal bickering. We have learned over the years to be honest and direct and call each other out if something doesn’t sound right. Usually we each do the best we can to state our case to the other and hash it out till we come to some kind of mutual compromise. It is all pretty boring. Honesty and admitting when you fucked up are the best policy. It is sort of the same thing. And it works for not just being in a band, but just for being a person and getting along in the world.
and speaking of the mets’ chances this year in the NL East, isn’t dean spunt just the coolest name ever? like if i was ever in a band, i’d wanna call it Kool Mo B & the Spunts. or, hell….how ‘bout just SPUNT? anyway, i really like these guys and will sit on a ledge and contemplate a leap for the rest of my life if they don’t make it big. and i’m not just talking about the diabolically inchoate bliss they make as a team sonically, i mean i really like them as people. my sources in the crowd @ dba on march 7 (and by that i mean one of my missing hoes) swore to me they dedicated one of their sickeningly short & sweet sets to my sick & raggedy (and at that time actually hospital bedridden) ass. that and the fact that dean followed up our call w/ a thank you note. and then a thank you call. are you kidding me? i’m a guy whose dad taught him to write thank you notes following anything! and then another to see if they got it. and then if they did and responded, you send a thank you note for their thank you note. so obviously it’s so much better in the bahamas, er, i mean, when the artists whose cause you are trying to champion are nice people. and i sincerely mean that.
the band currently has no manager & swear they love the method of hands-on-experience, bringing the DYI ethos to new heights. i like sloppy bands: the replacements & stanford prison experiment come to mind. now, so does NO AGE. yet how can something so random sound so tight? it’s in the the genes. randy randall & dean spunt make new NO noise for the now AGEs. and it would come as a big surprise if they don’t kick serious ass next time out of the gates. they are a little “off”, but super kool, just like me.