No Age @ Sons of Hermann Hall

The last time I almost caught No Age was on the Williamsburg Waterfront, where they were to perform alongside Dan Deacon and Deerhunter; fittingly No Deachunter.   I actually skipped the last day of the All Points West Festival (Liberty Park, NJ) and headliners Coldplay to see the No Deachunter show.  But, alas, their show was rained out and they proceeded to perform multiple shows at Brooklyn Bowl but I chose not to go due to the exhausting day at All Points the day before.  So when I saw that the promoters of Parade of Flesh were bringing the L.A. duo to Sons of Hermann Hall, I swiftly reserved my spot and waited in anticipation to finally see them perform.

Sons of Hermann, once again, provided a great backdrop for a great night of music, which filled up more than when Titus Andronicus came to town.  No Age performed with a touring third member, William Kai Strangeland-Menchaca, who provided samples and background noise for the duo.  For anyone who knows about great live bands, No Age has been near the top of that list and their reputation was upheld at Sons last Monday.  With Spunt's thunderous drumming and Randall's fierce strumming and riffs, the night was indeed electric and was by no means a let down.  From the opening notes of "Life Prowler" to the ending notes of "Everybody's Down", their set was full of uptempo noise pop/punk with interludes of calming soundscapes provided by Strangeland-Menchaca.  And wow, was it loud.  It was a good thing I brought my earlove to this show because it was definitely needed; it also made it hard to get any good audio from the show.  Their set seemed to fly by but they performed 17 songs, including their encore performance of "Everybody's Down".  I would highly recommend catching these guys whenever possible; you will not be disappointed.  The set list was as such:

Life Prowler
Teen Creeps
You're a Target
Every Artist Needs a Tragedy
Fever Dreaming
Common Heat
Losing Feeling
Valley Hump Crash
Chem Trails
Sleeper Hold
Shed and Transcend
Everybody's Down

Pictures and video of the show are below:

No Age @ Sons of Hermann Hall No Age @ Sons of Hermann Hall Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on January 16, 2011 Rating: 5
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