Hell Was Full So We Came Back is the sophomore full-length effort from Chicago noisemakers NO MEN, an album full of unrelenting sound and fury that embraces all things heavy. This is an album that doesn’t stay in one place for long and drags you with it. From the breakneck thrash of tracks like “EVIL” and “UNINVITED” that might invoke sonic comparisons to Motorhead, Lightning Bolt or Rocket from the Tombs, to moody slow burners like the Morricone-tinged “WHEN I’M DEAD” and anthemic “SUCKER”, NO MEN explore an eclectic and electric palette of sounds. Fuzzed-out bass and crushing drums provide the backdrop for Siouxsiesque vocals alternating between sultry and seething, with lyrics touching on all the usual themes of frustration, depression, heartbreak, and righteous indignation that goes with living in 2019 America. Hell doesn’t sound so bad after all.

The first proper No Men full-length, Dear God, Bring The Doom was conceived with engineer Brian Fox at Two States Audio in northwest Chicago, recorded live with minimal overdubs in two days to best capture the urgency and intensity of live shows. Cassette available through international label Gezellig Records.

“Dear God Bring the Doom is a must listen to album for any Chicago punk enthusiast.”


The CUT recordings took place at the Minbal (now JAMDEK) studio on Sacramento Blvd. with engineer Doug Malone. The sounds from this session ended up as sharp and fearsome as the Remington chainsaw shown on the cover, and the resulting double single was released as a limited edition of 300 blood-red 7″ records for Halloween 2017 by Let’s Pretend Records out of Bloomington, IN. “Both songs hit that happy balance between aggression, tongue-in-cheek, and empowerment … there’s a tension that escalates just to the point of complete chaos, but still retains a succinct coordination and direction. It’s a refreshing approach that makes it easy to loop these tracks.” – Sophie Holtzmann, CHIRP Radio

A collection of songs from the first two No Men EPs, released while the band was a 4-piece in Austin, TX. “Houston” and “Maybe Tonight” were self-recorded as part of the Don’t Think demo that marked the beginning of No Men, released in February 2015 to coincide with the first show (at Trailer Space, RIP when Austin was cool). All other tracks were recorded by Gary James at Bell Tree Studio over the course of July-August 2015 and appeared on the Needed cassette released by Young Cubs. Limited copies of this original tape run are still available through YC/Midheaven.