Building on a momentum of psychedelic sounds, Pomona locals The No. 44 step into a high throttled scene of fuzz while weaving into a refined soundscape of rock n’roll. With only a few years under their belt, the foursome have built quite a momentum and growing fan base opening up for such acts as The Warlocks, Frankie and the Witch Fingers, The Shrine, Spendtime Palace, Tropa Magica, and Surf Curse. Receiving love from their native surroundings of the Inland Empire, up and down the West Coast, and across the Southwest, The No. 44’s energetic performances have made them a must-see act to truly appreciate their cosmic kinship and simultaneously, their down to earth demeanor.
The psych-outfit welcomed listeners on a “scuzz introduction” for their ideals and sounds on their 2017 debut EP, Venus Eye Trap. Dan Gee, Evan Achen, Dustin Fernandez, and Evan Lomnitzer sonically explored the realms of psychedelic rock and kept the EP fresh and modern with electronic pulses. Tracks like “Crystalline” tugged on eerie keys and warm harmonies, while “Better Times in Higher Places (But These Times Are Okay Too)” displayed a colorful palette of sounds, all leading back to the fast-paced compulsion that the band naturally embodies.
Whereas the last fury of psychedelic storms mesmerized on previous releases, the new assortment of singles see the band emerge into a harder realm of psych-rock with dark undertones ahead of their full-length, Reflexive // Repeater. “All My Friends,” and “Atmost” via Austin’s Secret Soup Records, recognizes the band venturing into a thicker assortment of conceptual themes and opaque structures. Ominous, fierce, yet gentle, the band balances a myriad of emotions. "These songs are one aspect of Reflexive // Repeater. Slower, heavier and lusher,” states frontman Dan Gee.
While the first offering was sensually appeasing, the band’s motives always had the next step in mind. Gee reflectively explains the sentiments of Venus Eye Trap and the future sound the ensemble holds: “I'm still incredibly proud of it, but Reflexive // Repeater is going to be more lush. It's going to be a journey. You're going to start off in an unfamiliar place and come full circle if you stick with it. It's going to get galactic and then in the next breath come collapsing down past our grainy roots. It's hard to describe who we are as a band more than a group of musicians and a songwriter, but I hope our music will fill in the gaps."
The No. 44’s successful 2018 saw a tour in Texas, a slot at Long Beach’s praised Happy Sundays Festival, a slot at Viva Pomona, to numerous stints throughout Los Angeles, including the The Teragram Ballroom, Harvard and Stone, The Factory, and Highland Park’s Hi Hat. Continuing airplay support by KUCR, La Banda Elastica, KSPC, KUCI, dublab, KXLU and UCLA, the last few years’ build propelled the band for an impressive 2019.
The band has also been featured at Pomona’s The Glass House, as well as The Three Clubs Hollywood for a month-long residency. Reflexive // Repeater, is set to be released January 31, 2020 with a Winter tour, release show at The Factory DTLA, and some SXSW dates.
The No. 44
Reflexive // Repeater
1. Strangely Familiar
2. Alone, So Lonesome
3, All My Friends
4. All The Same Again
5. Here We Are
6. On The Ground of Grounds (There is a Bed)
7. Trying to be Decent
9. A Transmission
10. A Chapel Perilous
11. You Are The Savior
12. We Look So Much Better From Further Away
13. I Am
14. Eden Somewhere
15. The Great Shift
16. The Pale Fever of You
3.15 Sahara Lounge, Austin, TX w/ Manifest Destiny's Child
3.17 The Electric Church, Austin, TX w/ Cosmic Chaos
3.25 Alex's Bar, Long Beach, Ca w/ Asi Fui