California “Weird Core” Band Takes No Prisoners on Gritty, Noisey New Release
Oakland punk band NOPES will release its new EP, Fun Limbo, on May 26 via Magnetic Eye Records (Summoner, Ghastly Sound). The group, who dubs its sound “weird core”, grinds out sneering spazz-rock incorporating melodies and extended instrumental passages not typically found in straightforward punk. In advance of the record’s release, Echoes and Dust streams the EP in full, adding, “Buy it. Play it loud. Annoy the neighbors. They’re probably pricks anyway.” Stream NOPES’ Fun Limbo, at THIS location.
Fun Limbo is the follow-up to NOPES’ full-length LP, Never Heard of It, which was named as one of the “
While the majority of today’s “punk” bands come off as far too polished and safe, NOPES sound like a collision of early Hüsker Dü and The Replacements with nods to The Stooges and fellow Oakland rabble-rousers Lecherous Gaze. The band bases their grimey sound in the low, lumbering crunch of bands like Unsane and The Cows while demented vocals rant over the top of the crumbling racket. The sound of NOPES is one of a band playing by their own rules and having fun doing it.
NOPES features Alex Petralia (vocals), Kevin Sweeney (bass), Gabe Simmons (drums) and Eagret Hansen (guitar). Follow the band on Facebook.
NOPES are available to speak with interested media. To chat with the band or request a review copy of Fun Limbo, simply contact Carl Schultz at ACTION! PR.
“Nopes tear into their wild noise soaked punk by toeing the line between decisive control and reckless endangerment…a menacing mix of sludge, deranged pop, and violent punk.” – POST-TRASH
“Nopes are four dudes from Oakland…they’re talented musicians, and in their songs, they congeal disparate corners of rock‘n’roll—the screams of punk, the hooks of power pop, the melodic patience of indie rock, and impressive guitar solos that dart all over the place…fury, frustration, and constant motion.” – PITCHFORK
“it’s actually refreshing to hear a noisy, sneering punk band cobble together a great punk rock album free of irony or false ambition. Enter East Bay troublemakers Nopes…Your new soundtrack for cheap package store runs, hazy memories and bail money has arrived.” – INVISIBLE ORANGES
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