No Don’t Stop: A band name; a motto; an intense mix of electric and acoustic, melodic and spastic, introspective and outlandish. With lyrical hooks and captivating rhythms using anything from chains, animal bones, milk cans, and suitcases; at bowling alleys or in bathrooms, these indie rockers are redefining versatility.
No Don't Stop's debut album is a stylish example of a do-it-yourself project gone right. Self produced, recorded, mixed, hand-stamped, and hand packaged; Lipsync Karaoke reveals a creative band that is hard working and determined to succeed. This group will stop at nothing to get where they’re going.
Lipsync Karaoke plays through like a classic mix tape as you drive down the winding roads of Vancouver Island. To set the scene and to kick off the album is "Smooth Ride to D-Town” with its beatnik road trip swagger. Other tracks in the mix include a Pixies-esque "I Don't Mind", the gospel tinged "Ballad of the Black Keys", a Neil Young-ian "Grizzly Coast", the junk percussion anthem of "Buzzard Banjo", and the tail feather shaking "Deader Than Heaven".
Since forming in 2009, No Don’t Stop have organized several unique live performances in their home town of Duncan, BC, including the first ever Rock ‘n’ Bowl at the local lanes, and sold-out Hallow’s Eve and circus themed Cabarets. In addition they’ve played a multimedia art and music exhibit, a showcase theatre, backyard bbqs, coffee houses, pubs, toured Western Canada and rocked the stage at the Cowichan Summer Festival, the Spot Prawn Festival, GongFest and Rifflandia.
Everywhere they go No Don’t Stop’s stage performances are turning heads and captivating audiences. Singer Reid Williams shoots off lyrics like Beck or a young Bob Dylan as he plays electric guitar, acoustic guitar, or banjo; Levi Wertz keeps the rhythm moving with driving bass lines; and keyboardist Andrew Wilson has spent all of 2011 hitting mallets on a stand up drum set: pounding the group forward as an unstoppable trio.
The percussion department is always revolving and you might be lucky enough to see Kailo Mills or Jacob Hokanson banging on anything from full drum kits to only a suitcase and snare. Their exceptional use of use of old milk cans, chains, animal bones, and other random junk as percussion instruments has really raised some eyebrows and added to their appeal.
In January 2011, No Don't Stop produced and recorded a second album that they hope to release in early 2012. It will showcase a more rustic and rural acoustic sound written from backyards, country verandas, living room pianos and campfires. Mudflat Picnic contains 12 tracks recorded live off the floor in a small cabin near the Sasquatch hot spot of Mt Sicker. These boys have stories to tell and can’t wait to share their latest work with everyone. Stay tuned.
No Don't Stop is:
REID WILLIAMS - lead vocals / guitar / shakers
ANDREW WILSON - keyboards / glockenspiel / shakers
LEVI WERTZ - bass
JAKE HOKANSON - drums / shakers
KAILO MILLS - drums / junk / shakers