No Age - Goons Be Gone

  • No Age - Goons Be Gone

No Age - Goons Be Gone


FormatCD, LP & Tape
Released5th June 2020
Catalogue DC767
Barcode 0781484076711

Goons Be Gone No Age’s number 2 record for Drag City, kicks into gear, takes you out west and gets some dirt on it, with what’s possible their most honed in and direct record yet.

A guitar/drums duo (Randy Randall and drummer/vocalist Dean Spunt) with a penchant for self-recorded samples, No Age are mostly unconcerned with things like space or pause, and Goons Be Gone is gorgeously thick -- a hazy, delirious expanse that’s both comforting and disorienting. Opener 'Sandalwood' begins and ends in murk, and in between Randall and Spunt sputter and twitch and pound, alternately revealing and concealing a sweet, taut melody -- such is No Age’s agenda, burying an addictive little singalong in layers of effects and fuzz.

'Feeler' is more immediately user-friendly, opening with sunny guitar chirps and a knee-slapping drumbeat, before Spunt starts barking intelligible lyrics ("Attention feels overrated / Dismiss this crowded place / Come away with me / Disguise the impact from your face”) and the music goes steady and frantic. 'Working Stiff Takes A Break'  is a summer song in the sweatiest, most realistic sense - it’s not the Beach Boys’ gooey, über-idealised, convertibles-and-beach-volleyball version, it’s the waiting-for-the-bus, sweaty and desperate but still-sorta-excited-about-all-that-sunshine take. 'Smoothie' is similarly exuberant, full of power chords and distortion; it’s arguably the poppiest thing No Age have recorded to date (all those cries of 'Tambourine' are practically bubblegum), and accordingly, completely addictive. 'Head Sport Full Face' meanwhile, is the sound - both literally and metaphorically - of everything happening all at once, an ecstatic, feedback-addled lullaby.

Ultimately, it’s part of No Age’s allure that Goons Be Gone is so difficult to figure out, that it manages to be so big while coming from a place so small: All you’ll know for sure is that you want to listen longer. Maybe forever.

Working Stiff Takes a Break
War Dance
Toes In the Water
Turned to String
A Sigh Clicks
Head Sport Full Face
Agitating Moss

No Age - Goons Be Gone is currently priced at a special preorder rate and will revert to full price on release. The release date of 5th June 2020 is estimated and subject to change.

Artist No Age
LabelDrag City
Filed Under Indie & Alternative