As a follow-up to the CROSSED OUT interview posted below, here's a good NO COMMENT interview with the guitarist Brent, from the German zine Lack Of Ideals... I'm not sure what issue. Thanks to Papst Benedickt XVI for scanning this in.
I have to say, NO COMMENT are one of my favourite bands and Brent is one of my favourite guitarists. The riffs just keep coming, all within short spaces of time other bands would struggle to fill. NO COMMENT simply manage to make each 20/30 second song matter, with numerous time changes and progressions that still sound fresh and exciting each listen. This is one band that just does not get boring to listen to, ever. An interesting thing to note from this interview is that Brent states he had a nervous breakdown following the release of 'Downsided', and says the next record would have been based upon this experience. Fuck, if only they'd have recorded this third record...it would probably have caused the universe to implode. Does anyone know what Brent is doing nowadays?
Personally, regarding the question of whether I prefer the CROSSED OUT 7" or NO COMMENT's 'Downsided' 7", I have to go for the latter...it's just such a PERFECT record, that I couldn't say I preferred CROSSED OUT with a clear conscience (that's not to say their 7" isn't perfect too ... it's just not as perfect). It's a total step up from the 'Common Senseless' EP (which is also right up there in terms of greatness, but sounds more like an updated version of early-DRI and doesn't quite reach the same level of intensity as 'Downsided'). I mean, it was originally meant to be an LP, but the 11 songs written didn't even last 10 minutes. Fucking hardcore. Also, it's probably one of the fastest hardcore records there is without getting into grind territory. The only people who could possibly dislike it are those who haven't heard it yet, and complete idiots.
Also, note the flyer in the background of the second page: BORN AGAINST, CROSSED OUT, NO COMMENT, MAN IS THE BASTARD ... what a show!
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p.s. if you like NO COMMENT, and haven't heard LOW THREAT PROFILE (Andy Beattie's band with Matt from INFEST on guitar), see the post further down the page...