Song of the Day: NO – What’s Your Name?

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “What’s Your Name?” by NO from the 2012 7″ What’s Your Name/Eleven Eleven on White Iris.

NO – What’s Your Name? (MP3)

For a band with such a negative sounding name, NO aren’t all doom and gloom. Like a less-maudlin version of the National stripped of their baroque tastes, the Echo Park quintet deliver their ambitious, post-punk songs with an admirable amount of earnestness and a healthy dose of optimism. Riding off a strong, brooding atmosphere their determined verses and their uplifting choruses resonate to a level that’s usually reached by bands who are already playing arenas. “What’s Your Name?” builds its elements into a tempest of militant drums and sweeping guitars that sustains the band’s anthemic rush. Similar to Interpol’s most grandiose moments but with a Los Angeles vibe instead of the chilly Brooklyn cool, “What’s Your Name?” is an immediate introduction to a quintet that are aiming for an Arcade Fire level of grandiosity, and they’re starting to get pretty close.

NO doesn’t have any 2013 dates booked yet, but you can expect some big developments from the band this year, so keep a tab on their website and Facebook. Watch the Ryan Reichenfeld-directed video for their song “Stay With Me” below.

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  1. João Rodolfo Franzon
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    It’s amazing how energetic and mesmerizing you guys can sound every single time I listen all of your songs. Please make sure that all my friends and collegues are now hearing and knowing about NO. Greetings from Brazil!

  2. Stephen Cobb
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Excellent band, terrific live sound. Catch them if you can.

  3. Clyde D. Finlay
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Hi NO.

    Especially you Michael. This is your uncle Clyde.

    I love the video and especially the song, “NO What’s your name.” The vibes are great ! I am very proud of you, the group for creating your music in North America and Europe. Fantastic !!!!

  4. Viviane
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    What a fantastic sound–No sounds like a happier version of two of my favorite bands–Interpol and The National. I’m in heaven…late to the party but enjoying it nonetheless!

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