I first told you about NO in a post on February 9 of last year. Since then the group has released their debut LP, El Prado,…..very much worth picking up if you like their sound. In case you missed last year’s post and don’t know about the group, here’s a great NO live performance at KEXP. Really good stuff…….
I’m a worrier at heart. I worry about everything. One of my biggest worries about this blog is that it is not living up to its name….The Best Music You Have Never Heard. Today I am putting that worry out of my mind because I have some music for you that truly fulfills this blog’s promise!
I work hard to try to stay current with new music. As part of this never ending quest, I was recently on the KROQ (K-rock) Los Angeles radio station website trolling for new music and I found a reference to a group that I was not familiar with….
Echo Park stalwarts NO closed out the night. The band has steadily gained steam in the music scene and has gotten a ton of critical attention for their latest EP, Don’t Worry, You’ll Be Here Forever. Their attacking, rhythmic back-beat paired with a down-trodden vocal style draws comparisons to indie rock gods The National, but their is also a late-era New Order level of melody and pop to their songs. NO perfectly closed out a musically heavy night.
This caught my attention and sent me off on a quest to discover more about NO. First stop, YouTube, hoping to get a taste of what this band was like. Here is the first NO song that I found…….
O my gosh where the hell did these guys come from, why have I not heard of them, and where can I find their album? This song is so good that it seemed like the band sprang to life fully formed….the musicianship, the song writing, the production, and the performance were all spot on. I could easily imagine NO performing this anthemic song in concert with the crowd singing along.
While all of these thoughts were running through my head I warned myself to not get carried away…..anyone can can produce one good song. Luckily for me there was more NO music on YouTube and I picked out another song……..
Holy shit….these guys are not one hit wonders. I liked this one better than Another Life and that is saying a lot. Now I definitely needed to know more about NO so I headed back to the internet.
After some searching (NO is not the easiest word to search on!) I finally located the band’s website (http://nomusicfor.me) which provided some background information on the band.
Echo Park’s NO began as a home recording project in July 2011. In a small house on Mohawk Street a group of friends began building something to represent their collective ethos of searching for the more authentic elements in music and in themselves. Their sound has since been dubbed ‘Post-Hymnal Anthematic’ and would appear to be stemming from their desire to collectively sing & yell while driving others to do the same.
Post-Hymnal Anthematic seemed to fit the band’s sound perfectly but I was sad to discover that they did not yet have an album. Their first album is only now nearing completion and won’t be released until later this year. This story has a happy ending; however, because I discovered that NO had produced an EP, “Don’t Worry You Be Here Forever”. To make the story even better, I discovered that the EP was available for free download on their site and contained both of the songs that I fell in love with on YouTube. We have a Freebie Friday winner!
I love this band and am certain that they are going to be huge. NO is the best music I have never heard and you can have their EP for free just by visiting their site. Grab it while you can and let me know what you think!