While the idea of island-punk isn’t exactly new (Abe Vigoda did a pretty great job with Skeleton), Los Angeles four-piece WEAVE! seem particularly committed to their tropical thrashing. The fittingly titled “Calypso,” from the just-released New Funk Romance EP, is probably their most outrightly nautical song to date, with lyrics about actual boats and a warbling synth that has the potential to make you seasick. The thing is, WEAVE! never take themselves too seriously, and the way they gleefully mix influences comes off as more charming than haphazard. You could do worse than a band equally infatuated with ESG, Studio One comps, The Slits and Wire. We’ll cast off, if you will.
Written by Nathan Reese
Emerging from London’s ever-changing punk scene a couple of years back and, naturally, comprised of members who play in umpteen other great bands (Satellites of Love, The Shitty Limits, Sceptres, and the list goes on) No are formidable. Live they can veer from bass-heavy cacophony with enough low-end murk to disembowel, or they can be razor-sharp hardcore bullets, nailing each song in just over a minute with passion and breathlessness. Their self-titled debut 12″ on Static Shock combines it all. “Big Black Wings” is a swift, gritty thing which manages to sound brutal and desperate in the same minute and a half. Without getting into the nitty gritty of a man’s emotions, these guys sound angry at something. The changes and wall-of-guitar production also suggest what an Electric Wizard (oh wait, this was recorded by the guy who recorded the first EW albums) record would sound like at the wrong speed.
No’s s/t debut is now available from Static Shock
Written by Michael Kasparis