Oakland, California’s post-punk no-wavers No Babies just want what we all want - someone to watch over us. And, uh, no babies? Doubtless spoilt for choice of lyrical content with recent political and social developments of their US base of operations, the group are channelling fury and friendship just as effectively as on previous releases.
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Belligerent thrashers, listen up: it’s about to get real messy. No Babies, no wave and no mercy; it all amounts to ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, a record of discordant punk delivered unto us via skronk. The free jazz and nails-against-wall shredding synergise on this record to birth a record of devilled energy and catastrophic pop noise. I love it.
Sounding off with rather the same penchant for both tight playing and utter disregard that sax-punx Pill won us over with, No Babies offer song structures contradicted by inconsequential tones, broken chords and in/out blastbeats. At times it feels like you’re listening to songs halfway to a hook; at others they start going in the other direction, suggesting they’re a band who could never possibly create a song but would love to try, a la the Dead C mumbling over guitars that never knew them.
It absolutely smashes and should belong to just about any noise rock fan’s collection; this band may sound at odds with one another, but their racket is never once misplaced. Their faith in chaos is wise and makes those moment of clarity all the sweeter. Spectacular.
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