Thurs Aug 7.
Starting an EP with a high-pitched scream is certainly an attention-grabber—and Oakland's No Babies deserve the attention. The noisy punk band's 11-minute rager Yo No Soy Como Tú (translation: "I'm not like you") plunges into a delightful chaos of dissonant guitar screeching and no-wave-style saxophone that thrashes around and gives me a headbanging hangover, even when I haven't been headbanging. Jasmine Watson's battle-cry vocals seethe against everything from the patriarchy to the capitalist medical system with howls that lament the status quo in lines like "You know me better than I know myself because I was born X plus X." Live, the band fumes even harder than the Gilgongo Records/Upset the Rhythm–released 7-inch, and the combination with Seattle's Cramps-y sludge-punks Freak Vibe and avant-garde performance artists A-A-A-A O-O-O-O has the potential to create some IRL headbangovers. ROBIN EDWARDS