Originally posted on January 18, 2009
Imagine a punk band and an indie-rock band engaged in an Ultimate Fighting-esque tournament, and you’ll come close to the sound of New York’s No One and the Somebodies. Loud and quasi-chaotic, the four played an impassioned set at Cake Shop Sunday night, inspiring a handful of audience members (all male) to dance, improv style, in front of the stage.
“This one will be an instrumental. It’s a waltz. So…think about that,” the guitarist commanded before the third song. He danced while playing, the keyboardist moved to the drums after a minute or so of the song had elapsed, and the drummer moved to the front of the stage to hit a metal plate lying on the floor with drumsticks in rapid-fire rhythms. After the song ended, the band discussed Kenny Loggins lyrics.
“This song is about adopting two underprivileged children and inviting them to live with you in the lap of luxury…in the ‘70’s,” was the bassist’s introduction to a song called “Mr. Drummond”; a veritable cavalcade of varying rhythmic configurations, with the keyboardist singing/shouting “Oh(!)” for the last half of the song.
NOatS songs came across as completed entities that had been smashed about a bit, and often they ended in noisy chaos.
Their last song, the epic “Bike,” combined tuneful keyboard moments with distorted guitars and fast drums, and featured a dramatic meter shift into six-eight towards the end.
Check out No One and the Somebodies at Alphabet Lounge February 13th.