No Age show no age on their fifth album, Snares Like A Haircut.Drag City, 2018
7.8 / 10
One thing definitely sticks out about No Age‘s fifth album, Snares Like A Haircut. It’s NOT on Sub Pop! Instead, the duo of Randy Randall and Dean Spunt jump to Drag City, Ty Segall‘s stopming ground. However, just because No Age leap to Drag City doesn’t mean they’re trading their polished but destructive noise rock sound for something a little more similar to Segall and company.
In fact, Snares Like A Haircut could be the duo’s most accessible release yet. Even more than 2013’s experimental An Object. Sure, Randall continues to slay on guitar and Spunt does his thing on drums. But there seems to be a greater focus on melody and lyrics. The lyrics, in particular, pull you in closer like on “Stuck In The Changer”. Here, Spunt sings, “Everywhere I face I toss and turn/ And fluctuate/ Like I’m caught under a riptide,” before an absolute jarring sound rips through that resembles a CD skipping. However, No Age still manage to hold attention even without lyrics present as on the title track where the ratatat percussion and pedal effects meld with hypnotic results. Five albums in and this duo continues to live up to their namesake with their music showing no age. Instead, it’s fresh and as exciting as ever.