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NŌ – Punk Is a Message EP

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NŌ was formed around 2018 in Nagoya by Japanese hardcore punk veterans Takeshi, Masumi and Shintaraw. Vocalist Takeshi is a real legend in the scene, having played in bands like CFDL, Result, Why?, Filth-Chain, and Bacteria (a crust band featuring members of Doom and Excrement of War from his time in the UK) since the […]

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Artist: NŌ

Title: Punk Is a Message

Release: EP

Year: 2023

Label: Self-Released

NŌ was formed around 2018 in Nagoya by Japanese hardcore punk veterans Takeshi, Masumi and Shintaraw. Vocalist Takeshi is a real legend in the scene, having played in bands like CFDL, Result, Why?, Filth-Chain, and Bacteria (a crust band featuring members of Doom and Excrement of War from his time in the UK) since the early 1990s, while Shintaraw is one of the guitarists in the longstanding crust band Reality Crisis and Masumi in the crust-grind band Disgust.

NŌ was then joined by Aichi (drums) and Yoshihiro (bass), also known from bands like Reality Crisis and Strike Out, and recorded their debut EP Punk is a Message. The record was originally intended to be released on a seven-inch, but the six songs didn’t fit the format and the band ended up pressing 500 copies on a 10-inch vinyl in April 2023. The record was also released on CD by Chaos Control in the UK.

Beginning with a mid-paced punk beat on the title track “Punk Is A Message”, the record just gets faster and meaner with a non-stop barrage of fast riffs, galloping drums and Takeshi’s snarling vocals spewing socially progressive lyrics in English. Progressive, but not in the sense of your average liberal voter, rather in the sense of political punk bands like Active Minds and Oi Polloi: ‘punk should be political, punk is a message!’ 

Straightforward song titles like “Anger is Power”, “Black Lives Matter”, and “No Means No” are pretty self-explanatory, while the music takes the best of hard-hitting Japanese bands like Bastard, DSB, Crow, and Crude, interwoven with the classic British anarcho sound and attitude. This is one of the most straightforward, overtly political, and explicitly DIY records I’ve heard this year, and if you like fast and energetic Japanese punk, you won’t be disappointed. Spread the message, think for yourself and don’t stop the fight until we are all equal and free!

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