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No Use For A Name

The Feel Good Record of the Year


November 13th, 2008 · post by Ganglar · 1 Comment

Record label: Fat Wreck Chords

I’ll unashamedly admit that No Use were one of my favourite bands as a teenager. To this day, I’d stand by some of their stuff. Leche Con Carne and Making Friends are some of the catchiest, best written, Fat Wreck-esque punk out there.

It all seemed to go wrong with Hard Rock Bottom though, and since then the band’s just not been the same, so it was with a fair bit of trepidation that I listened to their latest offering.

My reaction went as followed through the tracks:

  • Track 1: “Yes! No Use are back!”
  • Track 2: “Okay. Well it’s maybe just not as good as the first song. I’ll reserve judgement”
  • Track 3 – “No! They’re still pathetic. Fuck!”

Yes, No Use fans; I’m afraid this album’s more of the same whiney crap they’ve been churning out since the millennium. If anything, it’s even worse.

What’s most annoying is the fact that they clearly know it’s not great either! If you happened to go on the No Use myspace page before the album was released, you’d see the preview track they uploaded was the first one on the album, which has to be said is a really good song: fast, aggressive and with the vocals sounding as good as ever.

After track one though, Tony Sly’s intolerable crooning gene takes over. And all the other aspects that used to make No Use so good are missing too. The fast distorted guitars are missing, the catchy hooks have disappeared, and the half-decent lyrics are a long forgotten memory.

Either they’re mellowing and getting old, or I’m stuck in my teenage years. Either way, if you’re a fan of earlier (and in my opinion better) No Use stuff, just download track one, and treasure the memories.

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  • Edd posted:
    Nov 13, 2008 at 1:45 pm. Comment #1

    I’m right there with you Gar. I got sent their ‘best of’ record last year to review and was reminded just how good their first four albums were, and thought, ‘You know maybe I should give Tony Sly’s solo stuff/ recent albums a second chance’. And guess what? They were completely crap! Rubbish. I miss how awesome that band used to be (but as you say, maybe it’s to do with not being a teenager anymore?)