Review: No Statik

No Statik Everywhere You Aren’t Looking Prank Records

NScoverNo Statik is made up of a lot of Bay Area scene vets, comprising members of bands such as Scrotum Grinder, Artimus Pyle, Conquest for Death, and my personal favorite punk band name of the last few years, Fuckface (along with numerous others).Their first 12”, entitled We All Die in the End and released late in 2011, featured seven cuts of uncompromising female fronted thrash in a vein similar to Filth, although more cleanly played and recorded. It’s good, but it’s not really anything to write home about in terms of things that one hasn’t heard a hundred times before.

The key to their further development was the final cut, which took the noisy thrash concept out to a length of nearly eight minutes. Their latest release, Everywhere You Aren’t Looking, seems to take this as a starting point, opening with a cut that runs to fourteen minutes in length. It is a strange, atmospheric affair, something you’d almost expect to hear more on a black metal record, or in the hardcore realm coming from the likes of Counterblast. I mention this because, although I am all for more variation in hardcore music, this does have its limits. One place where such limits become evident is the point at which one has a three minute song with an eleven minute intro. You could say that this walks a fine line between creativity and excess. You would be wrong. This stomps all over that line, then jumps over to side of excess and dances an Irish jig.

After doing so, No Statik return to type, dishing out a further nine cuts of the kind of blistering hardcore thrash that made them worth listening to begin with. Now, some of you may read this and claim that I’m sending out mixed (that is to say contradictory) messages. I accuse the band of being run of the mill, but then when they try to get outside the box I fault them for that. This is only superficially true. I like the idea on which that first cut it is based, and I bet that if they do it live it comes off a little bit better. But sitting here listening to it, I really got the feeling that it was a burst of creativity that had not been subjected to sufficient critical scrutiny. Let me just say too that the subsequent tunes on Everywhere You Aren’t Looking really rage, much harder in fact that the material on their first disc. I give them credit for trying something new, but there are some times when it I better to take a genre at face value and go with it, rather than trying to expand it beyond what its underlying ideas will sustain.


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