No Age will perform at multiple Station to Station stops.
Interview by David Kramer with Randy Randall
David Kramer: No Age seems to be perpetually touring these days. What do you miss about being settled in LA?
Randy Randall: Driving out to Pomona to go thrift store shopping on Arrow Highway! One of my favorite things to do is to take time to just go for a long car ride. I love getting lost deep in the suburbs and finding new weird corners.
DK: How does the city of LA help in fostering a band like No Age?
RR: It’s so expansive that we were able to find a small, dark, remote corner to make our own. There is so much going on here and this makes it easy to fly under the radar and develop your own voice. There was no pressure for us to be anything special. We were able to mess around long enough, which gave us the time to figure out who we were and what we wanted to say. In LA, local creative community is spread so weirdly and widely — it even exists in my own backyard. Knowing that creative work comes from the same place as me speaks to me. It’s wild to see people create such amazing art and know that they came from the same fucked up place I came from. At times LA feels like a sterile landscape — it is more like a petri dish, out of which beautiful creations blossom.
DK: What musical blossoms do you associate with LA?
RR: For me the quintessential LA band is Black Flag. They encapsulate the anger and freedom that rages inside all suburban teenagers. There’s an explosion born out of boredom that feels particularly LA to me. The song “TV Party” is what it feels like when you can’t stand being in the house anymore, and you and your friends have to break out and make your own entertainment. So much of the world’s entertainment originates in LA. Growing up here made us realize that the Hollywood gloss wasn’t meant for us: We see beyond the gloss. In the punk scene, we take over the vacuum that’s left by Hollywood and make our own space to entertain ourselves. Most of LA mainstream culture wasn’t made for us and we never wanted it. They can keep it. We’ll be here to warm ourselves on the flames of its self-destruction!
This interview originally appeared in The Idea of the West (2010)