Friday, September 25, 2015

No Resistance Novus Methodus Review

No Resistance
Nova Methodus
Rebellion Records

Houston’s Brickwall troops are back with new four song EP. Ever since they kicked the door in on my heart with Gentlemen Prefer Bombs on Koi records, they continued to grow and write the teeth clenching tracks that stay in your head all day. Their second album, Vade Retro Satana, was self-released. Soon after, they were snatched up by Dutch label, Rebellion Records. Rebellion, a bastion of new classics and reissued oldies, added No Resistance to their roster by snatching four tunes from both releases on a quick compilation called, V.I.T.R.I.O.L., on vinyl and digipack. Finally, we get four new tracks on Rebellion via a ten inch, at 45 rpm to maximize quality. 

The manner in which No Resistance writes exhibits true attention structure. These lads and lady approach these tracks exercising a true craft. This band knows how to incorporate a foundation of tough Brickwall backbeat with melodies and catchy hooks. When weaving their course rhythms with harmonies, our treat as listeners is the engaging, gripping delivery of rebellious punk. Nova Methodus embraces a clean production sound. This is a slightly different than feel from the first, but fits this sound better. GPBs garage aesthetic fit that taut, frantic sound. With more song writing and the embracing of glam and stadium stomp, the cleaner, crisp sound works better.

“Downtown” kicks it off and grabs me like the GPB did. The track is gritty and rough, while boasting an extremely infectious bounce. Displaying the band’s strengths, this track sums up the best elements of “punk” and “rock” in ‘punk rock’. In the last third of the track, a strut inducing piano comes in as the song pounds away.

“Let's Hear It” starts with a seductive, rumbly bass. This intro of churning anticipation is a quality which all classic skinhead albums should showcase. That bass stays up in the mix to push this track forward with tenacity. Again they're layers of shouts and gang choruses - adding female voices – enhance the somber tone while maintaining the catchiness. The key to a strong track is repeatability and No Resistance push songs the demand you playing it again and again. The guitar nod to Cock Sparrer is a way to break up the formulaic three chords. This tune ends with a strong riff that rides out.

“Alarming” gets us back to the tough guitars, again with a mod strut to it. Terrace stompers, Cockney Rejects, and rock and roll masters, Slaughter & The Dogs, come out in front as influences for this track. A piano brings in the Frankie Flame feel. Whether you are in the bleachers or in the dark corner of the pub, you’ll be pulling your mates close and hoisting a pint. No Resistance herald the undercurrent of rumbling drums here that add a punch. It contrasts the harmonies add secures the depth of their song writing. Can you picture moshing to The Jam?

“In The Morning” is either the darling or the misfit here. The song starts with a piano bounce, almost like a looped sample with the boom bap drums. The rhythm will push your neck. This is their most extreme divergence from their sound’s foundation. It's not an Oi song. But, hell, if you love your punk roots (like The Easybeats), then you will love this as a closer. No issue or gripes here.

No Resistance have written there best material to date. And that’s a huge claim considering I place GPB in the pantheon of punk past 1990. Chad’s drumming is consistently powerful and always versatile. He is constantly adding the necessary bounce and rigid backbone to their sound. Nik
ki and Nibu gather the arsenal of rhythms and staunch riffs to drive the sound. Scott’s vocals have such personality. A sardonic, dark overtone with a hesitant sneer is omnipresent. But, he can be sympathetic when reflective. His dynamic of  attitude paints the songs with humor and well, vitriol. Wrap it up in a fantastic presentation of illustrations by Ramon Girones, who is spreading through the Oi and punk world with his talent and expansive canvas, and you get a fine record by Rebellion. Grab it while you can.

RIYL: 45 Adapters, Templars, Dog Company, Roadside Bombs; Slade, Sweet, Slaughter & The Dogs, Cockney Rejects, The Boys, Cock Sparrer, The Who