NOPES comment on ‘Smile Room’: “This one was originally going to be a YUPS song, our offshoot band on the lighter side, but this riff was too good to not use in the noisier heavier band”, reveals vocalist Alex Petralia. “This track is about being stuck in a job you’re forced to work and feel like you’re living in a ‘smile room’, where you have to put on a fake front, and grin and bear it.”
1. Pocket Square Motherfucker
2. Smile Room
3. Under the Leather
4. Make a Long Gory Wart
5. Lithium Hop
6. Drink the Cat
7. No Doze
10. Needle Swallow
11. Amber Is the Color of Your Alert
12. Son of Sam’s Club
13. Synonym for Defeat
Angst-fueled punk ‘n’ roll band NOPES return with their third head-butting album “Djörk”, which shows the Bay Area foursome more than ready to bury one of the most disastrous years in recent memory in a cacophony of disaffection and feedback.
Bristling with angular riffs and glass-cutting hooks, “Djörk” is as unapologetically weird as it is offensively loud and noisy. True to their punk roots, NOPES bristle lyrically against work, class divisions, and the gentrifying soullessness of city life as youthful dreams are mercilessly stripped away.
Completed during the band’s pandemic hibernation, “Djörk” offers 13 compact blasts of raw snarl shot through with rock and noise credentials. It calls to mind fellow punk emissaries DRIVE LIKE JEHU and THE BRONX, while still maintaining NOPES‘ signature assault on the genre’s boundaries.
Release date: January 29th
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About Magnetic Eye Records
Magnetic Eye Records is a boutique label presenting beautifully-designed and curated records from artists across the spectrum of heavy music. Dedicated to presenting new talent and established names in doom, psychedelia, classic and stoner rock, we take pride in contributing to the legacy of the almighty riff. Reflecting this, our “Redux” series honors landmark albums from artists as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, Helmet and Pink Floyd, re-imagined for MER by the likes of Matt Pike, Mark Lanegan, Pallbearer, The Melvins and Zakk Wylde, and is as critical to our identity as our roster of ambitious up-and-coming acts like WhiteNails, Leather Lung and Caustic Casanova. Magnetic Eye Records is part of the independent media group SPKR.