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What’s Going On?

Columbus Alive: Chicago noise trio No Men (sort of) predicted this social and political hellscape

By Andy Downing The band follows prophetic 2016 album ‘Dear God, Bring the Doom’ with cathartic ‘Hell Was Full So We Came Back’ In October 2016, No Men released its debut album, Dear God, Bring the Doom, a title that feels a bit on the nose, in retrospect, preceding as it did the election of President Donald Trump by roughly a month. Since the last presidential contest, these social and political ills have only continued to swell, seeping into the Chicago noise trio’s most recent long-player, Hell Was Full So We Came Back, released in 2019. Throughout the album, unnamed enemies (“You want to destroy us all,” singer Pursley offers on one song) and a lingering generalized unease (“I just don’t feel myself today,” she sighs on another) combine to paint a picture of an existence fighting back from the brink. CONTINUE READING AT COLUMBUSALIVE.COM

Questioning Everything: A Q&A With NO MEN

thanks for asking us the tuff Q’s sage!!  Read the interview here.

NO MEN are a booming punk band out of Chicago, IL. With the power of dual drums and a sturdy bass, they’re anything but a boy band. Since they’re not “talkers”, we chatted via email about guitar rock, horror movies, and their new album, Hell Was Full So We Came Back.

Order No Men ‘Hell Was Full, So We Came Back’ LP Out Nov. 15th

This is a very limited pressing of 300 translucent orange LP’s in black dust sleeves, in full color art and insert w/ a download code. CD and TAPE available on State Champion Records.

“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.

Hell Was Full So We Came Back - No Men