Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Also, great show with Polyabuse and They Had Faces Then in Jersey City!
Sounds: We've added a sounds page were you can listen via YouTube two tracks from "Porter in the Making"!! Go over and get a listen!
Pictures: We've got some cool friends. And they take pictures of us so we've added them to our images page.
Shows: We've probably got a couple more shows coming up left in 2011 and then we'll be hitting other cities for early 2012.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Thanks to Jen and Zac for putting Brick City together, for assembling such an awesome collection of bands to help inaugurate the fest, and for asking us to be one of those bands. They worked months and months to bring it to fruition, and I think to say they succeeded would be an understatement. They're on to something, here. Highlights? Man Lee, Eula, The Dead Exs, Ben Franklin, Black Hollies, and of course the mighty Rye. Good job, all you kids, and see you next year! Cheers!
There was some good write ups and a tiny mention of ¡No Pasaran! in the Star Ledger here
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Hi! We like to announce that our first show in the fall promoting our 7inch release will be the Brick City Riot which will feature some of Jersey's best bands. Come check it out!
About 40+ Bands
Brick City Sound Riot is the Brainchild of Ghost Train Pr in association with Spillpeak Media. Kilkenny's Alehouse in Newark, NJ will host a weekend of local music. Featuring North Jersey, Brooklyn and New York's hottest underground bands and artists, the Brick City Sound Riot is a showcase of the local scene on an unmatched scale. Kilkenny's Alehouse will open it's doors for three days in September in celebration of the resurgence of a United Local Music Scene. Don't miss out on what will prove to be a truly epic weekend of good times, good tunes and good friends.
No Pasaran had been in the back filing their teeth down. When they began, everyone in the crowd lurched forward to get into it. Tom Barrett’s drums, Eric Mason’s bass, and Romel Espinel’s guitar were merely conduits in their masters’ hands. Rock ensued. I was dirty and we were filled with cheap booze, and, let’s not forget, it was loud: A picture perfect post-hardcore scene. These guys aren’t just an act, but a recipe for how it’s done. They don’t waste time chatting up the crowd or shouting out their friends, they lay down as much rock in as little time as they can.”
That passage, from blogger Zac Clark, perfectly sums up the intensity of a No Pasaran show. Tonight, the trio brings its ferocious melding of metal, hardcore, punk, and hard rock to Maxwell’s in Hoboken to celebrate the release of a new EP on Killing Horse Records. Be prepared to be bludgeoned by a sonic assault rarely experienced in this era of disposable pop.
“I really think in terms of our career that we’re in an extreme rock place right now,” said Romel Espinel, who trades off with Eric Mason on guitar, bass, and lead vocals. “In the past, especially when we first started, we were more experimental. I think we’re more rock right now than we’ve ever been.”
No Pasaran has been around since 2004, well known locally for its incendiary live shows; but the group has not produced much in the way of recorded music. That changes tonight with the official release of “Porter In The Making,” a 3-song 7-inch vinyl single; the record will come with a dropcard that lets fans download the songs along with two bonus tracks.
“Two of the songs are very rockin’,” Espinel said. “They’re very much in the tradition of the bands we’ve been heavily influenced by, especially Fugazi. I think we’ve always had a very strong D.C. influence. Then another track is more like the Smiths – darker and more experimental. Of the bonus songs, one is very melodic and the other is an instrumental.”
"It's really organic for us as a band when we put songs together," Espinel said. "One of us will come with an idea and we'll just work it out in our rehearsal space and see where it goes." In the past, Espinel and Mason traded back and forth on bass and guitar, but lately they've been going with a two-guitar attack. "One of our favorite bands was Sleater-Kinney and they got away with just two guitars and drums," Espinel said. "So we've actually been getting away from the bass. It just makes everything rock even harder."
While Espinel lives in Hoboken, his bandmates live in Kearny and Butler. “But Jersey City has always been our home base,” he said. “We played our first shows at Uncle Joe’s. And we’ve always played in Jersey City whenever we can, at 58 Gallery and Lucky 7, street fairs, wherever we can. If someone asks us where we’re from, we say we’re a Jersey City band.”
The band took its name from a famous military slogan – translated, it means “they shall not pass” – used both at the Battle of Verdun in World War I and again in the Spanish Civil War by the forces opposing the rise of the fascist Franco regime. “We’re just Jersey guys from the working class,” Espinel explained. “We’ve always felt like we speak for the downtrodden, for the disenfranchised. We feel like our music is always fighting to get that message out, that you can stand up to the government or the rich or whoever is trying to undermine the rights of the little guy.”
Political rock has fallen out of favor and it’s not always been easy for an activist post-punk band to find an audience willing to embrace its message, but Espinel said that recent events suggest that tide might be turning.
"It's almost frightening how much people are influenced by mainstream culture," he noted. "When you look at what's on the radio now and things like 'American Idol,' where it's all just pop songs, it's really not surprising that you don't hear more political music. It's certainly not that way around the world; there's a real disconnect between what we're listening to here and what's going on in Europe or South America."
“But when the public employees in Wisconsin stood up to the state trying to take away their collective bargaining rights, that was very inspirational to us,” he noted. “And the fact that their struggle was in the news and a lot of people got behind that movement was a very positive sign. Now here in New Jersey, public employees are fighting for their pensions and benefits. My wife is a high-school school teacher and it seems like the governor is trying to turn teachers into Public Enemy #1, as if they’re responsible for the budget deficits. When really, teachers and other public employees should be applauded for what they do.”
No Pasaran will be performing tonight at Maxwell’s (1039 Washington Street, Hoboken) with Nolan Gate, Cold Fur, and Cicada Radio. Showtime is 8:30 pm and admission is $8.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Jim Testa from the Jersey Journal and Jersey Beat wrote a great article about the show here at nj.com
Also, Eric and Romel did an interview for Indie Rebellion on Thursday night. Thanks Garvey!
And last last Sunday, night June 19th we headed down to WFMU and hung out with Therese for her show. We played "Porter in the Making", chatted and played some records for about 3 hours!
Thank you again and welcome to our new blog!
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Welcome to !No Pasaran!'s blog page. We are excited to be releasing our new 7inch "Porter in the Making" on Killing Horse Records. To Celebrate the occassion we are playing a record release party with some monster bands: Nolan Gate and Cold Fur @ Maxwells.
Get ready for a ride!