I saw No Age in concert recently (more on that later) and afterwards decided to check out their new album. I was a big fan of the band's debut album, 2008's "Nouns", but sorta lost track of them after that. This is the duo's 4th album.
"An Object" (11 tracks; 30 min.) starts off with a fast-and-furious "No Ground", which reminds me of the Ramones. "I Won't Be Your Generator" is more traditional, if you can call anything done by this duo (Dean Spunt and Randy Randall) traditional. "C'mon, Stimmung" goes back to the band's punk roots, as does "Defector/ed". But after that, the album takes a left turns and becomes far more impressionistic and introvert, check out "An Impression", and also "My Hands, Birch and Steel" as well as the album's closer "Commerce, Comment, Commence". Somehow it all works. At just 30 min., this album clicks by in no time and you'll find yourself playing this again and again.
I saw No Age in concert at the FYF in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago. Live they are a full band, not just a duo, and they brought a loud, fantastic-sounding set that was filled with energy and fury. They played a bunch of songs from this new album, including No Ground, I Won't Be Your Generator, Circling With Dizzy, etc. (none of the slower/introspective songs from the album, you might notice), along with some nuggets from the past like Teen Creeps from "Nouns". A great set from an equally great music festival (it was my first time attending the FYF). Meanwhile, check out "An Object", you won't be disappointed.