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No One's Ark

by Undercover Bonobos

Snappy garagestomp janglepop meets quirky but sensitive songwriting, bang your head and stretch your brain, no rappin', no teenypoppin', all lovely punkin rockin', a ballad or two, too.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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1. Adeophile
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2. Not A Problem
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3. 1963
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4. Bald Headed Rock & Rollers
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5. Yellow Bird
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6. King of the Jungle
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7. Day Before The War
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8. Try
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9. 1970
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10. Floating Solar Mandala
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11. Gravedigger
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12. Jesus Isn't In
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13. Go Away
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14. My Kid
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15. Old Friends Again
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16. No One's Ark
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17. Enemy
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Album Notes
Parental Advisory: Play It Loud!

Guitarist/songwriter/singer/NPR listener G Wood wrote a bunch of new songs and learned to record, so he got his old pal, seasoned drummer CP Applegate (Catharsis, Wild Hairs, Random Rebellion, Ophelia, etc.) away from the chickens and automobile maintenance for a while. "Hey, Caitlin, sing this one with me" led to a more extensive collaboration. Busy bass players and previous-commitment keyboardists led G Wood to the realization that he could do it himself, and dadgummit, he did!

Influenced by 60's janglepop, British Invasion and San Fran Psychedelica, 70's roots-Punk and ‘mericana crunch, 80's post-everything, 90's Indie singer/songwriter and 00's oh-ohs, No One's Ark, clocking in at just under an hour, bristles with vintage Danelectro guitar twang and slam, a relentless sense of drive and melody, and, as one fan described the lyrics, “Cryin’ and laughin’, all at the same time.” Now, look, this isn’t a bunch of grating noize, but neither is it dreamy shoe-gazer lull. Wide awake and rawkin', that’s what we’re offering.
Professionally mastered and duplicated, No One's Ark looks and sounds good!

Lyrical topics range from phobia and rebellion (Not A Problem), to remembrance and impending mortality (1963, 1970), our collective inner Tarzan (King of the Jungle), adolescent satanic heartache and word coinage (Adeophile), more impending mortality (Gravedigger), domestic tragedy (My Kid), mean people who really suck (Enemy), confusion (No One’s Ark), war and peace (Day Before The War), and lots of other stuff, like what happens when your jeans get too tight, your heart breaks ten years after the fact, your savior defaults, your friends outgrow you, or scare you off, and what kinds of birds one might glimpse from a bridge, overlooking a winter brook.

Bonoboland is a strange and varied place. Walk with us.


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Matt Heller

Not an ounce of pretension or bullshit here
There’s no bullshit here. No One’s Ark is honest, straight-to-the-gut rock. The serrated guitar riffs and chugging rhythms of the Bonobos recall the Stooges and Ramones yet the songs stamp a unique footprint thanks to Gary Wood’s intelligent songwriting and heartfelt singing. Big ideas rear up from the buzzsaw music and the 17 songs dance over a sprawling landscape of the political and the personal. Songs like Not a Problem, Try, Day Before the War, and Enemy bristle with anger and cackle with humor, melodic and abrasive, somehow both subversive and celebratory. Yet, the true highlights might be the melancholy trio of 1963, 1970, and My Kid, songs sad and wistful that linger long after the music ends. This is real DIY stuff, nothing processed or predictable, full of wit and insight – and highly recommended.

JL Nobile

Fun Fun Fun!
This is the best ten bucks I've spent in a very long time. Did I say ten? Undercover Bonobos deserve at least fifteen for their efforts, maybe more. These tracks cover it all: getting older, huge unfixable mistakes, unrequited attraction, visceral childhood memories, and spiritual dead ends, all delivered with artful understatement and inventive, compelling arrangements. It's easy to just play LOUD, but there’s more here than that. This CD is musical, thoughtful, self conscious, tragic, and downright silly in all the right ways. And the guitar playing is hot. If I were you, I’d buy it.

Thomas Jenkins

Genuine Classic
"No One's Ark" is a genuine classic. The rhythm pumps through the entire CD like a groovy pulse, flowing from one track to the next with effortless continuity. Chief Bonobo, Gary Wood's vocals are both teenage rebellion and responsibility, and so sure that they could easily be overlooked. The fact is, there is so much intelligent subtlety and inflection here, that one must only listen to feel the love of this great New Jersey human resource. To call it punk or garage would be fine. DIY, post-punk, whatever sticks...but there is something entirely self-sufficient here that this reviewer cannot trace to any particular genre, style or musical influence. One thing I know for sure, it's fun and it rocks!

Sam Saunders

four stars all the way
I gave this album my first proper listen the other day and was instantly taken by it's charms. Sounding more like some recently unearthed proto-punk recording from the seventies than the run of the mill stuff that dominates much of today's "indie" scene, the seventeen songs that make up "No One's Ark" recall the best of the mid to late seventies underground in a completely natural, uncontrived manner. There's some suitably retro fuzz tone guitar scattered amongst the album's opening songs and even some tasty harp blowing on one track ("Gravedigger"), all played by G Wood himself, the head Bonobo and more or less the only official member of this homespun group. While varied in approach, the songs themselves are all united by Wood's deadpan lyrics and delivery ("Baldheaded Rock N' Rollers", "My Kid"), as well as the album's slightly lo-fi but utterly charming production. My personal favorite track is probably "Jesus Isn't In" which features a sci-fi sounding loop of some sort layered upon Wood's usual blend of minimalist guitars, bass and drums. There's a slew of good songs to be found here but "My Kid" is another idiosyncratic standout. This quirky debut offering by G. Wood and the friends and family he's assembled under the Undercover Bonobos moniker should appeal to fans of the so-called "proto-punk" that much of the album recalls, as well as any brand of D.I.Y. rock music that leans a little to the left of center, as this album most certainly does....