No Age, Weirdo Rippers

Andy Beta

By Andy Beta

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Weirdo Rippers

No Age
LA duo gets back to punk rock basics.

Say "punk" in 2007 and you're more likely to imagine the Warped Tour and X-treme Sports than hopping in a ratty Econoline van to play beer-soaked gigs in po-dunk towns. Luckily, some Los Angelinos converting an old grocery store into an all-ages venue remember punk's heady rush and sought to rekindle that holy fire. No Age, a two-man band of Dean Spunt and Randy Randall spearheaded such a re-appraisal of LA's punk scene, backing it up with Weirdo Rippers, a collection of singles that captures their live energy while also showing the band's debt to "noise" — be it Black Dice, Ramones, My Bloody Valentine or Pavement's earliest singles (who cut their pop with plenty of crackle). What elevated No Age this year were the catchy tunes beneath all that fuzz and distortion, which are so raw, physical and jubilant that they plunk you back in your first mosh pit.