‘An Object’ (Sub Pop)
While No Age are probably as big as any band that evokes Glenn Branca gleefully water-boarding no-wave hipsters is likely to get, their gateway appeal is estimable. You couldn’t breed truer authenticity: catchy, confrontational and thoroughly DIY, No Age’s is not only underground music – it actually sounds like it’s coming from underground. ‘Defector/ed’ quakes and ‘No Ground’ rumbles – this is fault-line rock that augments its political force with eclecticism, designed to displace complacency. What’s more, on ‘An Object’, their blissy ambient tinkerings finally feel earned and essential.