WHAT'S GOING ON?
By Max Savage Levenson / Read article at daily.bandcamp.com
Despite its fatalistic title, Dear God, Bring the Doom, the 2016 release from the Chicago punk trio No Men, is a really good time. Full-throttle tracks like “W.A.B.D.M.Y.C.” (featuring the endearing count-in “One, two, one, two, fuck you!”) and the Krautrock-infused “Stay Dumb” are utterly infectious and seem built to fuel mosh pits, while the menacing churn of “Hell is Real” is nonetheless as ecstatic as Led Zeppelin at their fiercest. And like King Gizzard’s own forays into punk, No Men have crafted a record with enough variety to keep it engaging from start to finish: “Brut,” for instance, leans into a brutal wallop before shifting into stadium-size riff territory, and the creepy “Deeper” highlights the band’s ability to work an earworm into an otherwise clobbering composition.
One of the great aspects of seeing popular bands play is the opportunity to see the opening bands as well. Better than relying on Spotify for recommendations, one of the levels of trust a fan can have with a headline act is the band’s ability to pick a good opener.
Such an event took place at the Screaming Females show on Saturday at White Eagle Hall, in Jersey City New Jersey.
One of the opening acts, No Men, brought the gut-kicking fist to the teeth performances that make the opening act an amazing experience. If you missed this, then you missed a good one.
I have never heard of No Men before that evening. This three-piece from Chicago via Texas, and representing themselves as the opposite of a “Yes Men” offered their set with a full-throated, full-volume, confident, and sustained set of high energy percussive punch. Pursley (vocals, drums), DB (bass), and Eric H. (drums), produce their guttural, no guitar sound. I would argue, however, that the “bass” which is a Fender VII, is a six-string bass/guitar which looks like a bigger version of a Fender Jaguar. So while it may be a “bass,” DB played it more like a percussive style guitar tuned an octave lower than a standard guitar. But that is just me being a gear geek.
The band’s sound reminds me of a mix of the old NYC “No Wave” music scene mixed with the vocals of Kristin Hersh via a more percussive version of 50 Foot Wave… you are welcome to disagree.
Their music is a low-end aggressive punch in the gut, heavy, super-heavy, and extra super heavy rumble. Their latest release is, ‘Hell Was Full So We Came Back’ on Let’s Pretend Records. Their first release was, “Dear God, Bring the Doom.”
A note on the performance – wow! But please God – can we have more than just the standard red stage light!!!!!