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None More Black

None More Black: live in New York Citylive in New York City (2005)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5


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None More Black played the Knitting Factory in New York on 2/12/2005 with the Loved Ones, the Unseen and Strike Anywhere. Instead of summarizing each band, the focus of this review is on None More Black, the band I went to see. This was a very solid show with each band delivering a great set. It .


None More Black played the Knitting Factory in New York on 2/12/2005 with the Loved Ones, the Unseen and Strike Anywhere.

Instead of summarizing each band, the focus of this review is on None More Black, the band I went to see. This was a very solid show with each band delivering a great set. It was my first time seeing the Loved Ones, who impressed me with their simple, straightforward melodic songs. The Unseen got the crowd going, but most of the audience was there to see Strike Anywhere, who got everyone in the place dancing and singing along with their anthems.

None More Black took the stage after the Loved Ones. This was their first show in four months, their last being the Rock Against Bush tour with the Soviettes, Strike Anywhere, Avail, Dillinger 4 and the Bouncing Souls, also in New York (one of the best shows ever).

Lead singer Jason Shevchuk took the stage and roared right into their first song, causing the crowed to form a substantially-sized pit. Fists flew in the air as a good portion of the crowd sung along. NMB packs so much punch into every one of their songs, the floor felt like it was moving. Each member of the band puts everything they have into each chord that, together, they are one of the tightest sounding bands around. NMB sounded great and you could hardly tell they hadn't played in front of an audience in four months. The only indication of their time off was that they turned their backs to the audience for the first few songs and looked like they were back in their rehearsal space.

They played almost every song off their new EP, Loud About Loathing, and some of their "hits" off of File Under Black. The new material is a slight departure from File Under Black, but playing live, NMB rocked it harder than ever. My only complaint was that some of the "whoooa's" and background vocals couldn't be heard too well. That was to be expected though. Also, NMB does one of my pet peeves that a lot of bands do these days â?? after each song, they turn to their amps and tune their guitars for a good 30 seconds. I want their guitars to be in tune and each song to sound good, but come on, tuning doesn't have to be done after every song!

Highlights from the show were the songs "Oh, There's Legwork," which the crowd really responded to, and "Dinner's For Suckers." This was my fourth time seeing NMB and they always come off as very underappreciated. Maybe it's because they're always one of the opening acts and never a headliner. It's interesting watching the crowd as they're playing, because you can see before your eyes new fans being won over. They're a no frills type of band, but they deliver a powerful sound with really intelligent and thought-provoking lyrics. Maybe it's their role to be the second or third band that plays before the headliner, but they do it damn well!

 


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Anonymous (March 10, 2005)

2 words :FUCK YEAH:

Anonymous (February 26, 2005)

Does anyone know what the name of the Loved Ones song they played that Dave said "was new to them". Was it a song from one of their old bands or just a new Loved Ones song/

notfeelingcreative (February 25, 2005)

"How could you have seen Strike Anywhere and not writing a fucking word on their set? "

The reviewer made it pretty clear that their presence was mainly to see NMB, I'd rather have read this enitre NMB set review than a review on strike anywhere from someone who doesn't like or is indifferent to strike anywhere, that would be pointless their would be no way sa's set could be reiewed unbiased! Also, I didn't get NMB on my date, so it was cool to read a review of the one band on the tour I didn't get to see. But that's just my opinion!

Anonymous (February 24, 2005)

How could you have seen Strike Anywhere and not writing a fucking word on their set?

They are legends in the making, no offense to past legends Kid Dynamite.

notfeelingcreative (February 24, 2005)

"I'm dating myself here but the Gooch was the bully on "Different Strokes"

Exactly, poor arnold used to catch shit from the Gooch all the time!! One day willis went to settle shit but ended up buying crack and pimpining his stepsister who was later murdered, oh wait I'm mixing episode plots with real life!

corpseofmymotivation (February 21, 2005)

I get chills during the singalong on "Oh, There's Legwork".

Anonymous (February 21, 2005)

"I still wanna know where Never Met The Gooch came from. I DID hear the name Gooch used in my English class once, in reference to some grade school grammer book."
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I'm dating myself here but the Gooch was the bully on "Different Strokes"...now if you'll excuse me I need to take my pills and pee in a bedpan...

-burning13

bizzlebrizzle (February 21, 2005)

Loud About Loathing deserves a fucking 10.

This site sucks for not giving it one.

Not-To-Regret (February 21, 2005)

None More Black is decent, I used to like File Under Black alot, so I played it recently in my car... I could barely handle listening to it. It sounded too soft and the songs have that distinct pop-punk craft to them. As much as I want to like this band, my heart is telling me it's kid dynamite but my head is telling me its just another punk band...

bizzlebrizzle (February 21, 2005)

I don't think a single person on here who was comparing NMB to any screamo bands.

Anonymous (February 21, 2005)

None More Black rocks!! All these haters should start a band if you can't find music up to par. Stop complaining, comparing and over analyzing every band. NMB have amazing style and honestey in a song that if you don't realize, then they aren't for you!! Maybe you'll relate with screamo/emo dudes in girl pants that are mad at their parents. "Take a good look at your life, is it filled with so much strife, or is that part of your punk rock style. An inch or two of honesty can stretch about a million miles."

bizzlebrizzle (February 21, 2005)

Kid Dynamite took theirs from just about everywhere.

I still wanna know where Never Met The Gooch came from. I DID hear the name Gooch used in my English class once, in reference to some grade school grammer book.

Not-To-Regret (February 21, 2005)

Kramer: "These are my everyday balloons"

Also the Kid Dynamite song "the Penske file" is a reference to a job that George had when he pretended to work on the Penske file.

Isn't it great that we know so much about pop culture? It will really come in handy in this life... *deep sigh of depression*

Anonymous (February 20, 2005)

NMB writes great songs and then they are stuck trying to put a title on them and it'd difficult / daunting, so they just slap titles on songs that are silly pop references.

Office Space
Seinfeld (a TON of Seinfeld)
D2: The Mighty Ducks
etc

bizzlebrizzle (February 20, 2005)

Most of the songs off of the first one were Seinfeld Quotes.

Nods To Nothing

That's So Franco

Crookedsuperhero (February 20, 2005)

"dinners for suckers is a seinfield quote"

So is "Invisible Suitcases", but not too many people know that song. It was off their demo/EP, or whatever you wanna call it.

It's called a 7".

corpseofmymotivation (February 20, 2005)

"dinners for suckers is a seinfield quote"

So is "Invisible Suitcases", but not too many people know that song. It was off their demo/EP, or whatever you wanna call it.

Anonymous (February 20, 2005)

dinners for suckers is a seinfield quote, jerry says it

Anonymous (February 20, 2005)

I always wondered if "Dinner's For Suckers" was named after a Seinfeld quote.

Anyway, NMB are okay but Strike Anywhere are so much better. The Unseen aren't too bad, but its the sort of gang-vocal street punk that other bands have done better in the past.

Joe

corpseofmymotivation (February 20, 2005)

I agree with the first part of that, but I don't think their involvement with Fat is what made Exit English so shitty.

Anonymous (February 19, 2005)

Who says Strike Anywhere needs to go back to playing faster music and stop their involvement with all things Fat Wrecks related immediately?

bizzlebrizzle (February 19, 2005)

None More Black just plays skate-punk/pop-punk/melodic hardcore/whatever you wanna call it, there's tonnnns of bands playing it.

Jason's voice and very interesting lyrics is all that makes it unique since there are very few people with a voice and writing style like his.

With that said!

I don't really have a fucking problem with them sounding like other bands, I unlike a lot of douche bags on this site love hearing the same old shit rehashed. I don't think something has to be groundbreaking to be good.

corpseofmymotivation (February 19, 2005)

"Far more original?

NMB's style has been played by many other bands before, the only fucking difference is that Jason is singing so it makes the band sound different."

I'm not challenging you, but name another band that sounds like NMB. I'm sort of curious. Their new EP isn't as original as File Under Black, but File Under Black had some really interesting beat changes that aren't commonly found in punk today. I'd call that at least somewhat original.

Crookedsuperhero (February 19, 2005)

you don't think yemin writes any of the music in paint it black. you're probably right, he probably just sings. idiot.

I hope this was sarcasm.

I wish you could read.

Psychoos231 (February 19, 2005)

NMB are pretty good live, not great...Their new ep is a let down, the only good track is the first one "Oh, There's Legwork" hella poppy but its the only good thing on there then it goes to shit..

bizzlebrizzle (February 19, 2005)

you don't think yemin writes any of the music in paint it black. you're probably right, he probably just sings. idiot.

I hope this was sarcasm.

bizzlebrizzle (February 19, 2005)

"Comparing Paint it Black and None More black makes no sense. yemin sings in PIB and Jason plays guitar/sings in NMB and Dave plays drums in both bands making any, "pretty obvious where the talent in Kid Dynamite" arguments irrelevant."

You're right, and besides that, they play two totally different styles of music. None More Black's is far more orginal.

Far more original?

NMB's style has been played by many other bands before, the only fucking difference is that Jason is singing so it makes the band sound different.

Anonymous (February 19, 2005)

NMB was so amazing at the show. It's probably the best show I've been to since the summer.

corpseofmymotivation (February 19, 2005)

"Comparing Paint it Black and None More black makes no sense. yemin sings in PIB and Jason plays guitar/sings in NMB and Dave plays drums in both bands making any, "pretty obvious where the talent in Kid Dynamite" arguments irrelevant."

You're right, and besides that, they play two totally different styles of music. None More Black's is far more orginal.

Anonymous (February 19, 2005)

you don't think yemin writes any of the music in paint it black. you're probably right, he probably just sings. idiot.

Anonymous (February 19, 2005)

None More Black..... This band can't write a good punk song to save thier lives. Should have stuck with KD and KYI dudes.

Anonymous (February 19, 2005)

Shut the fuck up about Paiint It Black. In case you don't know how to read, the review says "None More Black."

kenjamin (February 19, 2005)

Comparing Paint it Black and None More black makes no sense. yemin sings in PIB and Jason plays guitar/sings in NMB and Dave plays drums in both bands making any, "pretty obvious where the talent in Kid Dynamite" arguments irrelevant.

Benjasaurus (February 18, 2005)

Shitty review. With all due respect.

Strike Anywhere are one of the best live bands I've ever seen. The Loved Ones are OK. I would have seen None More Black live if they hadn't bailed out on the Norfolk date for the Against Me!/Rise Against/Anti-Flag tour. The Unseen are ok.

bizzlebrizzle (February 18, 2005)

I like how people are getting all pissy that this guy didn't touch Strike Anywhere.

I love Strike Anywhere, but I was more excited to be seeing None More Black and The Loved Ones, and was pissed when this shit was sold out.

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

Score was for None More Black. Garbage. It has become obvious who had the talent in Kid Dynamite (and Lifetime).

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

Strike Anywhere in Richmond, 4 years ago. You wouldn't have fallen asleep.

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

i was at this show.

the loved ones were solid. 100k is a fine song. they inspire toe-tapping. good hooks.

none more black was fucking awesome. BEST band on the bill. they ripped shit up.

the unseen. if this were warped tour i would have gone to get a 5 dollar ice cream or something.

strike anywhere. they're okay, i guess. well... hmm... i was in the center of the pit and people were running around, but as i looked up and was watching them, i fell asleep standing up. they were that "intense."

NONE MORE BLACK was AWESOME!!!

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

NMB are way better live than on record, in my opinion. I don't know, they just sound tighter live to me.

The new Paint it Black is insanely good.

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

i hate you, go die, strike anywhere and the unseen were great....strike anywhere kicked everyones ass and you chose to review the second opening band....at least give us a song list...and me and my friend got kicked in the head by some jackass stage diver...shitty review

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

I guess I have to like this band if only because their name is a spinal tap reference.

bizzlebrizzle (February 18, 2005)

I agree that Paint It Black is better, but, both are still great bands.

slippy (February 18, 2005)

Paint It Black > None More Black

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

.... Review the other bands too next time.. if you're going to review just one band make it one that we care about

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

I was at this show. Though I went to see TLO, NMB are great live. This was my 3rd time seeing them live, and they just go insane onstage. Paul especially, he fucking rips onstage on bass.

CorpseOfMyMotivation (February 18, 2005)

"can None More Black, Strike Anywhere, Avail, Dillinger 4 and the Bouncing Souls go on tour again with the Lawrence Arms and just stay on tour for the rest of my time here on earth? i would die happy"
Throw in a few others, and I feel the exact same way.

bizzlebrizzle (February 18, 2005)

Bizzle, THE EXACT same thing happened to me in NYC. I was in the city seeing the Gates and figured i would cruise by the knitting factory for a good time. Walk by, sold out. I went and got mexican food and as i walked by fucking mohawks and bondage pants galore. Man do I hate the Unseen not only for their shitty brand of punk music but their shitty fans.

As for the review, im back after i skimmed it, it is evident that you are a Kid Dynamite fan and thats why you love None More Black. Personally, i find KD highly over rated and Jasons voice to be annoying and too nasal. On the other hand Paint it Black is a genius band and i bought my ticket for their show on March 4th yesterday and I'm looking forward to seeing them destroy the world.

If I can get a ride and I have the money I'm going to that one, I'll be out of town for the March 6th on in Philly.

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

40% of the Asskicking Stage under one roof.

This shit was fucking awesome.

OverDefined (February 18, 2005)

You're pissed because they have to tune their guitars?
what?!?!?

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

can None More Black, Strike Anywhere, Avail, Dillinger 4 and the Bouncing Souls go on tour again with the Lawrence Arms and just stay on tour for the rest of my time here on earth? i would die happy

8dollarclarinetsolo (February 18, 2005)

what did they start/end with? what songs off file under black were played?

none more black rules, even though i missed them last october.

CorpseOfMyMotivation (February 18, 2005)

"i bet they are amazing live but they don't tour the west so oh well"

I feel your pain. Luckily, I saw them last time they were out here.

CorpseOfMyMotivation (February 18, 2005)

I caught NMB last time they were here (which was more than a year and a half ago), and--don't get me wrong, they're one of my favorite bands--but either Jason didn't seem to have a concept of mic distancing or the sound guy was retarded, and I could barely hear his voice.

Score's for None More Black as a band.

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

Bizzle, THE EXACT same thing happened to me in NYC. I was in the city seeing the Gates and figured i would cruise by the knitting factory for a good time. Walk by, sold out. I went and got mexican food and as i walked by fucking mohawks and bondage pants galore. Man do I hate the Unseen not only for their shitty brand of punk music but their shitty fans.

As for the review, im back after i skimmed it, it is evident that you are a Kid Dynamite fan and thats why you love None More Black. Personally, i find KD highly over rated and Jasons voice to be annoying and too nasal. On the other hand Paint it Black is a genius band and i bought my ticket for their show on March 4th yesterday and I'm looking forward to seeing them destroy the world.

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

Wow, you have some balls to call this a None More Black show when it was a Strike Anywhere show. I'm not going to read this review

aahhhh (February 18, 2005)

none more black rocks and so do the loved ones. too bad you didnt write a review for them too

bizzlebrizzle (February 18, 2005)

yooo that show was sickk..the unseen covered rise above..it was amazing

I can almost guarantee it probably wasn't as good as the Kid Dynamite cover of it.

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

yooo that show was sickk..the unseen covered rise above..it was amazing

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

the loved one are boring.
the unseen are cool becuase im gay
strike anywhere kicks ass
and none more black is also boring

bizzlebrizzle (February 18, 2005)

I went to see them in Philly but it was sold out.

:(

It sounded like Unseen fans bought up the tickets too, cuz they were going to let more people in after they played.

Fucking mohawks.

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

They weren't amazing live when I saw them last year.

irish_joo (February 18, 2005)

i bet they are amazing live but they don't tour the west so oh well

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