No One and the Somebodies / Palberta - Chips For Dinner [LP]
Born in the kitchen of some stranger's house and conceived of over many bowls of pasta and lentils, Chips for Dinner is the gurgling brain child of New York's weirdest. Palberta and No One and the Somebodies (NOATS) feel right at home together, joyously dishing out sonic absurdities and displaying a clear mutual influence on each other's work. Four brothers from Westchester County and three thick-as-thieves friends living in the Hudson Valley have concocted a real musical treat for all lovers of the playful and strange.
A beacon of inspiration for countless musicians in the Tri-State area, NOATS have spent the past 15+ years gigging relentlessly, releasing mind blowing records with a righteous message, and having a blast while doing it. Their subject matter ranges from brazenly goofy non sequitors to thoughtful political analysis, and they approach both with just as much energy. The NOATS side of "Chips" is their first new music in 3 years, and these four tracks feel appropriately triumphant. Equally unhinged and anthemic, they deliver healthy doses of guitar- induced frenzy and and bizarrely gorgeous melodies, offering an accurate spectrum of the NOATS sound. The unabashed, visceral fun at the core of this band has left an indelible mark on the New York underground, encouraging many basement dwellers to follow in their footsteps.
Palberta are certainly amongst those followers, but continue to pave their own lane with explosive originality. Like a haunting school yard chant or an inside joke you're dying to be in on, their side of the split offers a familiar lunacy that is entirely their own. The girls taunt, tease and tear through these six tracks, masterfully recorded by OSR tapes founder Zach Phillips. As a full package, Chips for dinner sounds like a celebration of all the quirks that exist within a tight knit friendship, a testament to post-rehearsal snack sessions, and a record that is as fun to listen to as it surely was to make.
No One and the Somebodies
"No One And The Somebodies are a damn New York DIY institution, a decade in the making and showing no signs of rust. Like a hodgepodge of punk's divergent sounds, the band are seemingly capable of anything and willing to try just about everything."
- Dan Goldin (Exploding In Sound Records)
"The first rock show I ever went to was a NOATS show when I was newly 14 years old. I had never heard music like that before, and almost 10 years later I still haven't! They're so connected and creative, there's so much gleeful intense energy in the room when they are playing. It's not worth trying to explain-- just listen!"
- Greta Kline (Frankie Cosmos)
"NOATS are the bizzare-o family that we never were. They're nice brothers who seem to treat each other with respect & are amazingly talented musicians. They write epic singalongs with razor sharp, mathematic precision. When they perform, they sound like one genius brain that's jumping out of its skull."
- Alexander Orange Drink (The So So Glos)
"Not just the best all-brother band in New York City, they're the best all-boy band, FULL STOP. Ethically-minded shredders and composers of the head-banging-est anti-fracking song you'll ever hear. Something like 80% of the original roster on Exploding In Sound Records met while playing at the Yankou's old show house in the Bronx in 2011, before there even WAS an Exploding In Sound Records. Is that a testimonial for NOATs? More like a fun piece of trivia about some other bands you may or may not like, but anyhoo, NOATs rules forever. Their 10th anniversary gig was a life highlight and you better believe I'll be at the 20th."
-Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz, Sad13)
"Their sinister songwriting showcases individual musicianship while crafting something bigger andmuch more harmonious. At times, it’s a challenging listen, but it’s by forging new paths that cult heroes are made."
-Maria Sherman, Album of the Day - Bandcamp Daily
"...the D.I.Y. staples sing disjointed playground punk that embraces both dissonance and innocence, trading instruments as quickly as they change ideas: A good 80 percent of the songs poke and scurry off before two minutes are up."
-Christopher Weingarten, Rolling Stone
"The sound of trio Palberta evokes the post-punk era’s great experimentalists, with overloaded glee and delirious energy. The 20-song Bye Bye Berta is their first attempt at doing so longform."
- Colin Joyce, 7.7 on Pitchfork