Philadelphia-based No Other distills several strands of punk, pop and indie rock guitar music into a sound that's simultaneously cathartic and hypnotic—a bracing rush of noise, melody and emotion.
The Option C 7-inch for Negative Fun Records was recorded with Jeff Ziegler (Kurt Vile, Nothing, War On Drugs) at Uniform Recording in March 2014, and showcases their signature sound from two different angles: the A-side ("Option C") is an intense blast of strangled guitar and staccato rhythms, while its flip side ("Opaque") sways dreamily as it retains an undercurrent of melancholy that surges forward on the chorus.
Perhaps it’s a cliché that great art is often born in turmoil but there's a germ of truth in the case of No Other. The seven-inch was recorded during a personally rough period for the members of the band. As band mates, they found solace within the comfort of the practice space, a place where they could release all their pent-up emotions. Consequently, there's urgency to this music: it feels as if it's forming in front of our ears. Underneath this roiling surface, however, lies sharply sculpted song craft and passion.
"Option C" skirts on the edge of cacophony, its barreling overdriven guitar alternating with shouted backing vocals; this mess isn't merely invigorating, it's an appropriate soundtrack to the song's portrait of coiled rage against institutional sexism. "Opaque" glides by on a shimmer that camouflages a sadness lying deep beneath its fuzzed out slide guitars and endless echoes; its measured elegance means this portrait of a personal loss resonates on a universal scale." Option C" crackles with an invigorating fury that gives way to the sweet sorrow of "Opaque." No Other makes no attempt to disguise their emotions on the A-side, and resides in introspective sadness on the B-side. Taken together, the Option C single serves as answer songs to each other, but more than that, it is another powerful entry in the No Other catalog.
released 04 November 2014
No Other is:
Maria T Sciarrino: Guitar, vocals
Laura Chance: Bass, backing vocals on "Option C"
Carly Marcoux: Drums, backing vocals on "Option C"
"Option C" and "Opaque" recorded in March 2014 at Uniform Recording in Philadelphia, PA; engineered and mixed by Jeff Ziegler at Uniform Recording. Mastered by Mark Allan Miller.
"Option C" and "Opaque" written, arranged, and performed by No Other.
Thanks to Carly Marcoux, Paul Bruno, Maria and Charlie Chance, Poliana Irizarry, Maura Johnston, Nick Millevoi, Sebastian Petsu, Bob Sweeney, and Scott Troyan.