Let’s get this out of the way up front: NO is not exactly the most Google-friendly band name. Not to mention, there’s ANOTHER band out of Los Angeles going by the name NO (that one just so happens to be a kind of weird alt-pop boy band), it can lead to a bit of confusion. Rest assured, it’s worth the effort to seek them out – from the first note on “Another Life,” the first track on their EP Don’t Worry, You’ll Be Here Forever, you get the feeling that you’re in for something special. The upbeat but steadily droning guitars and drums combined with lead singer Bradley Carter’s steady vocals immediately bring to mind Matt Berninger and The National’s best works. Add to that some great songwriting and you have yourselves the potential for a breakout band – and with the buzz rising on them after shows in LA and at SXSW this past year, you can expect just that in the coming year.
The EP is available now for free download from their Bandcamp. They’re only performing shows out in California for the time being, but I can’t imagine that’ll last for too long before the buzz gets to be too much – check out their official website, Facebook, and Twitter for more information about the band and where you might see them next.