The, No Ones

The No Ones veröffentlichen  My Best Evil Friend am 31. März auf Yep Roc Records
 Bi-kontinentale Kollaboration mit Peter Buck, Arne Kjelsrud Mathisen, Scott McCaughey und Frode Strømstad
(also Mitglieder von R.E.M., The Minus 5, The Baseball Project, and I Was A King)
Zu den Gästen gehören Debbi Peterson (The Bangles), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie), Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) und Victor Krummenacher (Camper Van Beethoven) & Marin Stallemo Bakke
Listen/Share: “Song for George”
The No Ones veröffentlichen am 31. März auf Yep Roc Records ihr erstes Album seit 2020, My Best Evil Friend. Die First Edition LP ist in den Formaten Digital, CD und LP erhältlich und enthält sechs exklusive Tracks.
My Best Evil Friend ist eine Hommage an die Künstler, die sie inspirieren und die ihre Plattenteller bevölkern: Nick Lowe, Pamela Polland, Marvin Gaye, Jenny Lewis, Jesse Ed Davis, The Mysterians und Phil Ochs, um nur einige zu nennen.
Heute stellt die Gruppe die zweite Single "Song for George" vor, eine nachdenkliche Mid-Tempo-Nummer, die eine Hommage an George Harrison ist und bei der Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie) als Backgroundsänger und Peter Buck an der elektrischen Sitar mitwirken. Scott McCaughey sagt zu dem Stück: "Ich saß am 25. Februar 2021 im Dungeon, als L'Angelo Misterioso vorbeikam und mir diese Melodie, den Text und die Aufnahme schenkte.
Mit einer Besetzung, die sich von Norwegen über Athens, Georgia, bis in den Nordwesten der USA erstreckt, bestehen The No Ones aus Scott McCaughey (Lead- und Backing Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Gitarren), Peter Buck (12-saitige Gitarren, elektrische Sitar, Bass), Arne Kjelsrud Mathisen (Schlagzeug, Percussion, Keyboards, Backing Vocals) und Frode Stromstad (Lead- und Backing Vocals, Gitarren).
Für das Album holte sich die Gruppe Unterstützung von ihren Freunden Debbi Peterson (The Bangles), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie), Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) und Victor Krummenacher (Camper Van Beethoven) am Bass, sowie Streicher von Marin Stallemo Bakke.
My Best Evil Friend wurde von Bård Ingebrigtsen in den Amper Tone Studios in Oslo, Norwegen, Scott McCaughey im Dungeon of Horror in Portland, OR, Arne Kjelsrud Mathisen in Nygrenda Kev & Dur in Grimstad, Norwegen, und Erik Bekkeheien in Egersund, Norwegen, aufgenommen.
Die bereits veröffentlichte Single "All the Stupid Days" zeigt die Band, wie sie die Tage der schlechten Entscheidungen in der Musik und im Leben durch clevere und anschauliche Lyrik, gekrönt von psychedelischen Schnörkeln, bereut.
My Best Evil Friend CD/Digital Tracklisting:
2. 304 Molino Way
3. Phil Ochs Is Dead
4. Song for George
5. Blue Cheer Captain
6. Cameo Parkway
7. One Night at the Fillmore
8. Throwdown in Whispertown
9. Time Sent Lewis
10. Band with No Head
11. We Are Your Band
12. The After Party
My Best Evil Friend First Edition LP Tracklisting:
2. Set List
3. 304 Molino Way
4. Blue Cheer Captain
5. Phil Ochs Is Dead
6. One Night at the Fillmore
7. Throwdown in Whispertown
8. Time Sent Lewis
9. Cameo Parkway
10. J.E.D.
11. Song for George
12. All the Stupid Days
13. Band with No Head
14. Solo in the End
15. Kick Out the Dwarf
16. Slow Down
17. We Are Your Band

18. The After Party


The No Ones bio 2023

"No one is defined as nobody. An example of no one is how you would describe who is in an empty house. Not one person, nobody. The logical negation of someone."

OK, that makes sense. The No Ones are also defined as "not a single person" and that's fine too. In this case there are but four No Ones, and you can put them all in one room, though not very often at the same time. They are, alphabetically:

Peter Buck - R.E.M., Minus 5, Filthy Friends, Baseball Project, Luke Haines, etc.  Countless songs -- you can only hope to contain them!  Double-LPs and pizza.  Hound Dog Taylor, Raspberries and Sault.  Warm weather and walking.  Made three amazing and fucked-up solo albums that are available only in an alternate analog world. 

Arne Kjelsrud Mathisen - I Was A King, Rural Tapes, etc.  Drums, keyboards, percussion, vocals, etc.  Arne played the controversial piano solo on "Turn Again" from first No Ones long-player.  He loves forest green, his Korg MS-10, Can, and Raymond Scott.  Rural Tapes (solo/collaborative instrumental project) release 2nd album Inner Space Music November 2022.  

Scott McCaughey - Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5, R.E.M., Baseball Project, Filthy Friends, etc.  Primary lyricist, plus bass, keyboards, guitars and vocals.  He enjoys coffee in his spare time, and dreams of Neil Young and Irma Thomas fronting Sun Ra's Arkestra, with Nice As Fuck opening.  Casablanca and The Florida Project are required viewing.  Scott The Hoople is his solo side-career.

Frode Strømstad - I Was A King, Rider, etc.  Master of melodies as well as guitars, capos, chords, and vocal cords.  He parties down with GBV and Elf Power.  I Was A King releases its 8th album Follow Me Home in September 2022.

So, making music comes naturally to this band, despite the obstacles.  Conceived above the Arctic Circle, split by thousands of miles, and compounded by ridiculous schedules and pandemics...  Thirty-plus songs later and we have My Evil Best Friend, the band's third release and follow-up to 2020's exceptional (by definition) The Great Lost No Ones Album.

My Best Evil Friend was realized in the way it was required, bouncing tracks back and forth from studios in Norway to the Dungeon Of Horror in Portland, Oregon, with a few other helpful home-recorders.  Arne and Frode were able to track live guitars and drums together in Oslo, which somehow gives the vibe of a combo rockin' a high school gym -- owing much to the engineering work of Bård Ingebrigtsen, who also did the final mixes. 

Whereas Great Lost Album was imagined as being discovered in 2054 by a retro-hipster-scribe in Mojo ("The Last Magazine"), the latest is a blurry tribute to our own LP collections and memories, the artists that populate our turntables, and those that continue to inspire us.  Not exactly in linear or transparent ways, but you'll find shadows of Plastic Ono Band, Joe Tex, Sugar Pie de Santo, Nick Lowe, beat poet Michael McClure, Blind Tom, Pamela Polland, Dean Martin, and on and on.  There are even outright paeans to George Harrison, Jenny Lewis, and Phil Ochs, among others.  And once again the quartet has enlisted contributions from generous friends, through the voices of Debbi Peterson (Bangles), Norman Blake (Teenage Fan Club), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie), as well as 'lead bass' from Camper Van Beethoven's Victor Krummenacher, and strings from Marin Ballemo Bakke.

With a 2020 tour of Norway repeatedly Covid-canceled, as well as lost appearances at Roskilde and other festivals, you might think it makes sense to hang it up.  Well, it does, but that's not the way it works.  When downtime is forced upon you, the committed musician just turns it into more songs, more records, more life.  The No Ones still hope to meet you all in person, but for now, let's hope that My Best Evil Friend can at least pull you into their orbit, like a beacon from RKO.

Robert Stove

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Band: The No Ones

Album: The Great Lost No Ones Album

VÖ: 27.03.2020

Label/Vertrieb: Yep Roc / Bertus Musikvertrieb GmbH


The No Ones, the new bi-continental collaboration featuring Scott McCaughey, Frode Strømstad, Peter Buck, and Arne Kjeisrud Mathisen, will release their full-length debut album, The Great Lost No Ones Album, on March 27 via Yep Roc Records.The first single, “No One Falls Alone,” is now at all streaming services and the album is available for pre-order.
Stretching from Norway through Athens, Georgia to the northwest corner of the United States, and consisting of members from R.E.M., I Was A King, The Minus 5, The Baseball Project, etc., The No Ones are classic two guitars, bass, and drums, sounding like what you might expect, only different, more-so, and better!
The 13-track album was recorded in June 2017, at Type Foundry by Adam Selzer in Portland, OR, and features Patterson Hood (“Straight Into The Bridge” and “Sweet Home Mississippi”), Darren Hanlon (“All You Need Is Rain,” “Too Blind To Believe, “Turn Again”), Andrew Reiger and Davey Wrathgabar (“Dream Something Else”), Lucy Parnell (“Sun Station Vadsø”), and Debbi Peterson (“Gone”).
With music by the collective and lyrics by McCaughey about abduction, interstellar mysteries, witchcraft, climate change, gentrification, and the desolation of the soul, their vocal harmonies and psychedelic flourishes fuse the sunny turbulent sounds of the ‘60s with the darkness and decay of present day.
The Great Lost No Ones Tracklisting:
1. No One Fails Alone
2. (Going Back To) Stockholm Syndrome
3. Clementine
4. Straight Into The Bridge
5. All You Need Is Rain
6. Sun Station Vadsø
7. Cinnamon Roll Hair
8. Dream Something Else
9. Saucer Full of Nothing
10. Too Blind To Believe
11. Gone
12. Sweet Home Mississippi
13. Turn Again