NO PROBLEM: Let God Sort Em Out: LP

Jul 25, 2018

I know that I spend a lot of time pumping up Canadian music. I can’t help it. Not only do I have a natural need to validate our contributions to punk rock, but there is a rich history of bands up here that have the skills to back it up. Edmonton’s No Problem is one of those bands. Time to preach from the mountaintops again! It would be one thing to say that No Problem is one of the best hardcore punk bands to come out of this (sometimes frozen) tundra, but they are so much more. On this third album, the band is raising the bar exponentially. Kicking off with an intro that feels almost like a ‘90s rap album, it builds up to its first hardcore blast. It’s like the slow climb up the biggest hill of a roller coaster. You know what’s coming; the butterflies are rising in your chest and the adrenaline is about to kick in. It would be wholly inaccurate to simply lump No Problem as a generic hardcore band. Much like Night Birds or Fucked Up, there are added elements to the intensity that result in a fuller sound. In this case, an ethereal, almost post-punk guitar sound weaves its way through the entire album, adding a texture that is irresistible. Every song is not a million kilometers a minute. There are slow burners in the mix too. The lyrics are well thought out and executed visions of current issues and apocalyptic futures. I don’t want to be that guy, but I have to say that I think this is a fucking masterpiece. I have only had this album for three days and I have lost count of how many times I’ve listened to it. I can already tell it is going to become a cornerstone in my record collection. In no way is that an exaggeration. Also, they have a simple yet eloquent logo, which is always a plus for a hardcore band. –Ty Stranglehold (Deranged)