No Age

Mon. Sep 9, 2013 at 8:00pm EDT
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No Age

In special collaboration with Visionaries + Voices and We Have Become Vikings / featuring support from Vacation

No Age is the duo of Dean Spunt and Randy Randall, worldwide glowing talismans for the DIY art-punk scene in Los Angeles. Their sound is epitomized by multiple layers of fuzzed-out guitars threatening to bury not only double-tracked vocals and pounding drums but each other, creating sonic environments both dense and nebulous. Their three acclaimed albums have earned enthusiastic notice from an incredibly wide array of sources from Pitchfork to The New Yorker, and brought them an unexpected Grammy nomination (for “Best Recording Packaging” in 2008). No Age have risen from sweaty basement shows and art galleries to having their songs blast off the walls of institutions like the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New Museum, and Hirshhorn Museum, and performing at unconventional spaces both close to home and abroad.

On their fourth full-length album, "An Object", No Age employs amplified contact mics, prepared speakers, scraped metal and more to incorporate the process of the album's creation into the very backbone of the songs. Still, this is hardly a work of avant garde noise music or l’art concret. These songs are hummable, political, and recognizably punk. What these two approaches share is an understanding of sound as a material, something to be shaped, handled, and worked over. It is an aesthetic in which the relationships between guitar, percussion, and vocals - as well as those between rhythm and melody - become relationships between things. In collaboration with close friend and Grammy-nominated designer Brian Roettinger, the band has performed, recorded, produced, and prepared and assembled the entirety of the physical packaging of "An Object", including jackets, inserts, and labels, taking on the roll of manufacturer, artist, and musician until the roles trip on themselves and individual parts lose their distinct meanings, demanding to be considered as a whole.

This performance finds No Age and the CAC in a unique collaboration with the organization Visionaries + Voices, and design company We Have Becoming Vikings, creating and packaging a limited edition release and contributing to a stage design specific to this performance created by V+V artist Kevin White. Cincinnati-based punk outfit Vacation kicks off the evening.

"No Age's is a massive sound that transcends genre archetypes" – Los Angeles Times

“F$%* arena rock. These days, rock ’n’ roll is about two bros in a basement” – GQ
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Contemporary Arts Center 44 E 6th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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