“The Bay Area’s well of great scuzzy garage rock never seems to run dry. Add to the list of Thee Oh Sees, Mikal Cronin, Ty Segall, et al, young Oaklanders Nopes.”
Consequence of Sound
Stereo-fed on the blood and sweat of early Californian punk, a period which barfed forth influential pre-hardcore/pro-punk provocateurs such as The Germs, Angry Samoans and The Dead Kennedys, Oakland’s Nopes spring from similar Suburbian dungeons, hearts burning with the fun and fury of being young, gifted and ultimately unaccountable.
Recorded by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Boss-De-Nage) at The Atomic Garden Recording Studio in East Palo Alto, California, and mastered by Will Killingsworth (Orchid, Ampere, Bucket Full of Teeth) their soon to be released debut EP Nectar Of The Dogs is fuelled by wanton sugar intake, Bowie, corner store liqueur and well-worn copies of Negative FX and Bad Brains vinyl.
Featuring Matthew Hansen (Guitars), Alex Petralia (Vocals), Kevin Quijivix-Sweeney (Bass) and Gabe Simmons (Drums) tracks like ‘Matinee At The Market’, ‘Love Cycle (All Sales Final)’ and ‘Jingle Berries’ are blasts of raw punk energy that explode out of a vacuum into guitar-buzz, amp fuzz and juvenile delinquency. One EP, five songs spanning nine minutes, played out by four Bay Area dudes, Nopes’ Nectar Of The Dogs gets an official release on 16th June 2015 on the New York label Magnetic Eye Records.
Fri, 5th June – 924 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA (w. Massenger, Toy Guitar and The Bugs)
Sat, 18th July – Legionnaire Saloon, Oakland, CA (w. Sexless, Otto Rex, and Yogurt Brain)
Thurs, 13th August – Caldwell Park – Redding, CA
Fri, 14th August – Venue TBA – Portland, OR (w. Shitty Weekend)
Sat, 15th August – Victory Lounge – Seattle, WA (w. Bad Motivators, Big Priest)
Sun, 16th August – Deadbeat Records – Olympia, (w. David Liebe Hart, Box Fan)