Brassneck / Boss Tuneage (2016)
This fun little 7" came out on Brassneck records, familiar to some as one of the great labels that PopKid records got to co-release the Chestnut Road record with. I've been a fan of Brassneck for a bit now. In the short time they have been a label, they've managed to amass a catalog of bands that I'm really into. One of the bands towards the very top of this list is The No Marks.
Their side of this 7" contains 3 songs, each highlighting a different strength of the band. "Spirit" starts off with a cavernous drum beat that quickly bleeds into jagged guitar riffs and gravelly vocals calling into the night. On "Guilt As A Control Mechanism" the band picks up the pace with a breakneck verse traveling at a thousand miles an hour, but just wait for the chorus that hook will pull you in immediately. Lastly they serve up "Get Out," a 30 second semi-hardcore blast, not dissimilar from the sort of track Snuff would toss on a record to break things up.
Speaking of Snuff, that leads to the folks on the other side of the record, Spoilers. Coming off the heels of a strong 12" EP (which I do have, but haven't reviewed yet), the two songs on this 7" are my favorite songs of theirs to date. They have a strong Snuff influence, clearly seen on the organ fueled "The Same Again." The backing 'whoa's' are right where you'd want them and there's a fast, catchy mod vibe that reminds me a lot of The 'Tone on top of the already mentioned Snuff influence.
Their second contribution "Lost Your Way" is more straight forward. It's faster, though I would say the drumming isn't particularly dynamic for most of the song. Though everything comes together nicely at the end for an extremely poppy chorus. It's the weaker of the two songs, but this is a band I will absolutely be keeping tabs on. The flashes of brilliance they have are extremely bright. All in all this is a pretty great 7". Two bands making the kind of punk rock I want to listen to.
The No Marks / Spoilers - Split 7":