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The Chemical Brothers
Born In The Echoes

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No Friends [Import]

No Friends

No Friends [Import]

LabelNo Idea Records
VertriebNo Idea Records
VÖ-Datum23.10.2009

Es gibt Alben, deren Release-Date schlichtweg nicht ruhig sitzend erwartet werden kann. Es geht einfach nicht! Ständig auf der Suche nach der Möglichkeit, den einen oder anderen Song vorab schon aufzuschnappen, bleibt einem am Ende aber doch nichts anderes übrig, als sich in Nerven zehrender Geduld zu üben. Dann endlich lässt die Plattenfirma Gnade walten und es ist da! Die Plattenfirma, das ist in diesem Falle No Idea Records und das besagte Album die Debüt-Scheibe von den No Friends aus Orlando und Richmond.

Doch bevor sich darüber ausgelassen werden kann, wie sehr hier alle Erwartungen erfüllt und übertroffen wurden, ein paar Worte zu den Gründen, warum gerade dieses Release kaum erwartet werden konnte: Zum einen spielt dabei die Bandzusammensetzung eine Rolle, denn bei dem Quartett sind nicht nur dreiviertel der exzellenten Hardcore-Punk-Kapelle New Mexican Disaster Squad an den Instrumenten, sondern auch niemand Geringeres am Mikrofon als Tony Foresta, seines Zeichens Sänger der Thrash-Punk-Legende Municipal Waste. Zum anderen tischen No Friends jedem, der es hören will, einen stark mid-80’s beeinflussten Hardcore-Punk auf, ganz im Gegensatz zu den anderen in erster Linie punkrockigen NMDS-Nachfolgern.

Was am Ende dabei herausgekommen ist, kann man getrost als großartig bezeichnen, denn die vier Jungs ballern sich so energisch, angepisst und rotzig durch die Platte, dass neben dem Sehen auch das Hören vergehen würde, wenn es nicht so schön wäre zuzuhören. Die rasend schnellen Knüppelpassagen durchsetzt von perfekt abgestimmten Mid-Tempo-Phasen, dazu ab und an leichte, zuweilen auch deutliche melodische Abschnitte, ein unheimlich gutes Songwriting und eine knackige und schön dreckige Produktion. No Friends klingen in etwa so, als hätten sich die Adolescents, Kid Dynamite, Black Flag und New Mexican Disaster Squad zusammen im Moshpit getroffen.

Nicht zuletzt ist in diesem Zusammenhang auch die Stimmarbeit von Tony Foresta zu erwähnen, der sich mit seiner leicht heiseren Stimme eindrucksvoll durch die Songs keift. Im Hintergrund wird er tatkräftig von Sam Johnson und Co. unterstützt, wobei gerade dieser als Ex-NMDS-Fronter nicht selten auch aus dem Background hervortritt. Das No Friends-Debüt lässt keinen Wunsch offen, denn auch der letzte wird erfüllt, wenn nach knapp 20 Minuten das Album mit Loaded Question, dem stärksten Song der Platte, auch schon wieder endet. Kurz, unheimlich toll und ohne Atempause!

Tracklist:
  1. Intro
  2. Set In Your Ways
  3. Never Ending Fight
  4. Broken Windows
  5. Have You Ever Heard Of Aspirations?
  6. We've Got No Friends
  7. Sans Opinions
  8. Black Hearse
  9. Material Addiction
  10. Clean Up Crew
  11. Loaded Question
  12. Outro
Highlights:

Broken Windows, Have You Ever Heard Of Aspirations?, Black Hearse, Loaded Question

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