NO

NO

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandRockAlternative

Started in August 2011, Echo Park's NO is building something that best represents their collective ethos; seeking something more authentic in music & in themselves. Dubbing it Post-Hymnal Anthematic - atmospheric; moving; epic...stemming from a desire to sing & yell & to drive others to do the same

Biography

The romanticism and desolation of Los Angeles breeds a restlessness in it's people. It's a brooding temperament best captured by Echo Park's NO- a band that feels it in their bones, with the kind of fevered anticipation for something more. Frontman Bradley Hanan Carter's baritone vocals speak to the tension between the wanting and waiting, waiting for love or for some kind of order or sense to how it all works. Their track, "Stay With Me" is a ballad of calculated pleas. Of slow, delicate movements. It's being in love with someone, and hoping for some kind of stillness in the unpredictability of love. He asks, "wasn't there a place for me/inside your heart?" It's all the words you'd ever want your lover to say, the fantastic notion of running away, the return to youth, when everything was uncomplicated and wonderful.

It's not about naivety, it's about not being calloused by a city of strangeness and strangers. Something the band knows quite well. The band itself is composed of near-veterans, all claiming a vast history with various bands, solo efforts, defunct projects, cities-travelled, loves made and lost-- with Joseph Sumner and Reese Richardson rounding out the band with guitars, Sean Daniel Stentz on Bass and Mike Walker on Drums. NO began as a response to the limiting idea behind the word. In an effort to reclaim it, and reinterpret it as more than just an antithesis to possibility. These are sing-along songs, hymnal and anthema-tic; born out of a desire to connect with the greater collective of young people seeking their truth, adventure, love. There are remnants of odes to Bill Callahan, The National, and Arcade Fire -- epic, atmospheric drums that pulsate, buttered bass tones, melodic choruses.

NO marvels at the growing pains of a vibrant city, in all of it's aching limbs and veins that run down dead ends. They'd rather listen to the children laughing at Logan Street Elementary School down their quiet streets, or kiss their girlfriends with all the hope that things will always feel this way. The interplay between hope and despair weaves itself throughout the collection of six songs in their debut EP "Don't Worry, You'll Be Here Forever" a sentiment that suggests that wherever "here" might be, it's a good place to start.

Discography

Don't Worry, You'll Be Here Forever. (released 11/11/11)
Stay With Me 7" (released 4/9/11)

Set List

Another Life
There's A Glow
The Long Haul
Big Waves
Jackie O
Out In The Hallway
Coming Down
Stay With Me
Hold On