(DL37) BONO! - No Escape

We discovered Norwich-based hardcore outfit BONO last year at Wotsit Called Fest, in which they produced the most aggressive set on a relentlessly chaotic lineup. Since then we have kept tabs on the four piece, looking forward to any new music they might release. We wait no more as ‘No Escape’ is very much on the horizon.

What we have here is nine minutes of mostly everything we have come to expect from the four piece, especially with the title track, ‘No Escape’. The raspy shouts, the crunchy riffs and pit enticing attitude. It’s a groovy singalong anthem with plenty of gang vocals that I expect causes pandemonium live. The formula is for a wild atmosphere.

Where this EP differs from the previous self-titled EP, which is five tracks of all-out ferocity, is the added influence of melodic hardcore in places, it’s subtle enough to not alienate the usual BONO sound. But, the slower riffs towards the end of ‘Despair’ and the throat tearing emotional shouts in ‘Axe To Grind’, the intricate guitar melodies on top also give the songs a slightly different atmosphere, but they still feature mosh segments for you to lose your shit to.

Production wise this isn’t the strongest, but it works towards that DIY hardcore appeal. The gritty sound just adds to the gritty atmosphere the music unleashes. The only downside to the EP as a whole is that the best track is leading single, ‘No Escape’, and sadly it’s the shortest song out of the four at just over a minute long. I can’t tell a band how to write, but their “balls to the wall” sing along anthems with a punchy attitude is certainly their strongest point. I’d love more of that.

For fans of Salt Wound, Belief System, Hardout, Adjust, Beer Money

Broken Arrow Magazine 7/10

(DL37) BONO! - No Escape

East Anglian punk rock has an ever-growing reputation on the UK D.I.Y. Punk scene. Bands like The Domestics, Faintest Idea, Casual Nausea had paved the way for new bands like BONO! to emerge. Full disclosure, punkonline.co.uk founders hail from the region so we are a little bit partial to the local scene!

Available on vinyl and digital download from Antipop Records, (and Deadlamb Records) No Escape is the 4-piece’s second EP since forming three years ago. The opening track, Bullshit, begins with some casually strum guitar notes and then embarks upon a chunky rhythmic and melodic segment and then just lifts off into an aggressive punk rock second half channelling Gallows…wow!

Despair, does away with the soft introduction and goes straight for it with some intense punk rock full of tempo changes, throat busting vocals and some strangely appropriate guitar solos all propelled by some machine gun drums.

The title track, No Escape, underpins those signature vocals with some tight guitars and backing. It’s a great punk rock song. The EP closes with Axe To Grind, over four minutes at a slower tempo but, no less powerful. There are some moments of sheer melody and excellent musicianship and then, after a short pause midway through the song, the band changes direction and brings forward a more urgent and faster paced section that then blends with the opening to create a powerful climax…great stuff!

BONO! having played Hasting Punk Fest, Pie Race have a very busy 2017 planned, including appearances at Rebellion Festival and Punk Rock Holiday 1.7!

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