Jose’s hosts a punk band that found one another on Craigslist.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Punk rock and Minnesota don’t usually go hand and hand, but Minneapolis garage rockers The No-No’s prove that punk can thrive just about anywhere. And on Saturday, punk will boom in Monterey.
The quartet formed about two years ago when lead singer Katie Kramarczuk (KtK) and drummer Nats Babel (**NATS**) answered a Craigslist ad placed by bassist Matt Von Ende (.matt) looking for musicians who dug the Ramones’ first record. Shortly after the trio got together, local punk guitarist Ryan Hoemke (Notorious L.U.C.) was brought on board.
One of the keys to The No-No’s growing local following is the potent voice of lead singer, Katie Kramarczuk; there are trace sprinklings of influences including Gwen Stefani, Joan Jett and Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe.
The No-No’s debut album, Long Play Recording, self-released last October, is a pop-punk forest of catchy hooks and classic punk guitar riffage. The track “Friday” swarms with punchy guitar licks that compliment Kramarczuk’s strong voice, recalling early Rancid.
“Miss 50” starts with a guitar riff that almost sounds like it belongs in a Lynyrd Skynyrd song. But once the vocals come in, the southern rock element evolves into a punk anthem laden with distorted guitar solos.
Another key to The No-No’s success is their theatrical stage presence – Hoemke moves his flying-V guitar around like a shark fin and Kramarczuk, dressed in animal print, slinks around the stage like a caged lion in heat.
Psychos in Love, 3 Up Front, Hate for State and My Refuge also play.
THE NO-NO’S play 9pm Saturday, Nov. 14, at Jose’s Underground Lounge, 638 Wave St., Monterey. $10. 655-4419.