No Use For a Name
The Rave II Milwaukee, WI
Mar. 11, 2006
Tony Sly and Matt Riddle
Story and Photos by Karen Bondowski
California natives No Use For a Name wasted no time in it's spirited attack with the juicy and electric "Chasing Rainbows" at The Rave II last Saturday night. Guitarist Scott Shiflett (formerly of Face To Face and who replaced regular guitarist Dave Nassie who had to rush home to be with his wife who was about to give birth) let the chords blast in rapid fire succession as bassist Matt Riddle wildly swung his bass in the air. Lead singer/guitarist Tony Sly's growling vocals on such numbers as "Not Your Saviour," "For Fiona" and "Killing Time" had the sparse but fervent crowd jumping and dancing with unbridled energy.
Riddle's bruised and battered basslines assualted the senses along with drummer Rory Koff's primitive and muscled beats on "Slowly Fading Fast." No Use For a Name's approach to punk is plain and simple - fast, loud, hard and peppered with some dynamic lyrics. "International You Day" was a smash with the groups' tight and uncalculated blitz. A few other knockouts of the evening were "Slowly Fading Fast" and "Exit." No Use For a Name have been a band for almost 20 years now, but their music is as fresh and relevent as anything in punk music today.
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