No Age Weirdo Rippers

No Age Weirdo Rippers
Guitarist Randy Randall and vocalist/drummer Dean Spunt have been making music as No Age for less than a year but they’ve used their time together wisely. Having already toured internationally and released five vinyl-only EPs on five different labels, they have the accomplishments of a band in their golden years. Mostly abandoning the noise rock of previous band Wives, Weirdo Rippers, a full-length built from the best of those EPs, is a fitting introduction to No Age’s hazy indie jams. "Every Artist Needs a Tragedy” opens the record with some oceanic noise that transforms into a simple, cheerful riff. "Boy Void” follows it up with some youthful punk rock, while "My Life’s Alright Without You” takes a slower, plodding approach to its catchy chorus. The biggest gem on the record is "Everybody’s Down,” a timelessly laid-back slacker anthem. An easy contender for album of the year, Weirdo Rippers sounds like your favourite indie cassette gone through the wash and improved by the messy sound. (Fat Cat)