It’s the first night of Pittsburgh punk band No Time’s mid-December mini tour and, because drummer Tom Moran lives in Philadelphia, it’s the first time all five members have played together in weeks. But for the audience crowded under the low, Christmas-light-studded beams of this West Philly basement, chemistry and showmanship obscure rustiness. Guitarists Nick Pilz and Nick Leombruno and bassist Rick Mauck grim-facedly bob their heads while Moran wildly tosses his long arms around the drums. Singer Adam Thomas barks lyrics into the mic, stomping and lurching around and pummeling the air to punctuate sing-along parts, of which there are many.
Thomas, Moran and Mauck started No Time in 2013, when their former band, crusty hardcore outfit Heartless, was winding down. “We wanted … something more fun, a more simplistic style,” Thomas explains pre-show, before making his transformation from mild-mannered dude to aggro frontman. “In Heartless, we wrote songs we couldn’t play.” No Time, in contrast, quickly moved to the realm of Oi!, a genre pioneered by British skinheads and working-class punks, inspired in part by drinking songs and football chants. Lyrically, No Time engages with a day-to-day of pessimism — listen to “Anti-Social Today” and you’ll likely find yourself mentally referencing it in routine frustrating situations.
Since forming, No Time has toured Europe and released a 7-inch record and a Mind Cure single; the band’s long-awaited full-length will be put out by Massachusetts-based label Six Feet Under Records. “We had a bunch of songs we scrapped,” Thomas explains of the delay. “I didn’t think [they] were what they could be.” After that, Thomas started writing a little every day, until the band had a new batch of songs to choose from.
The release is tentatively planned for February, but eager fans can listen to three songs from the record on the newly released promo tape. “Stylistically it’s more diverse than the 7-inch, but it’s a mix of genres — there’s some straight-up rock ’n’ roll,” Thomas says. “I think it sounds like us, but there’s more to it.”
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