Upon releasing their fourth studio album, An Object, earlier in the year, LA’s zestful two-piece No Age returned to The Brudenell Social Club in dazzlingly distorted fashion.
Leeds based celestial rockers, The Engine took their psychedelic sound to a modest crowd at the Brudenell Social Club. Compounding grinding guitar riffs and circling cosmic waves, The Engine moulded a heavy head-bobbing, kinky audio texture to kick off the night. What they lacked in stage presence they made up for in instrumental energy, chemistry and experimental vibes.
Following The Engine, local group Brawlers offered a completely opposite side to the coin. Despite offering little more than cliche, self-loathing lyrics and an American punk twang, the bands over-zealous take on crowd participation edged on, at times bordering on violent. If members of the audience weren’t being head-locked, they were having their drinks stolen. Whilst the instrumentals were clean cut and full sounding, front man Harry George Johns provided an over the top flamboyance and unjustified arrogance with his performance.
Yielding a deluge of both new and old material, the night’s headliners, No Age gripped the crowd and pelted full blown, distorted punk anthems at them from start to finish. Drummer and vocalist Dean Allen Spunt’s percussive mastery marked the perfect metronome for guitarist Randy Randall so that they owned that hard, punky No Age fervor. The duo themselves ticked all of the boxes for stage presence, vigor and volume. Tracks like ‘I Won’t Be Your Generator’, ‘No Ground’ and ‘Circling With Dizzy’ were all stand out, dynamically excellent performances that received the appreciation they deserved from an engaged crowd.
LA’s loudest duo returned to Leeds boasting the same nostalgic wave-punk vibrato and shouty overtones that they are renowned for. My sincere condolences to those who missed a truly astonishing gig. Truth be told, my ears are still ringing.