As one of the early punk rock bands, No Brain have shown longevity with 20 years in Korean music. Over time, the band has grown and evolved their sound, and that was apparent on ‘Brainless‘, their most recent album release and follow up to the ‘High Tension‘ album in 2011. In between, No Brain has been a part of many compilations, like ‘96‘ with Crying Nut and their single “소주 한 잔,” but having the band come back with an album is what showed that they’re still capable of making great rock music.
After the intro song “Brainless,” the band gets right into it with “Big Phony Show” and doesn’t stop until 11 songs of rock are done bursting into your ears. No Brain’s music has never been overly complicated, sticking to fast tempos, distorted guitars, and loud drums, and that continues here. ‘Brainless’ was released with two main singles in “My Leather Jacket” and “Living Paycheck To Paycheck,” and these two songs are the core style of No Brain. The choruses are crowd friendly, the melodies play through the guitars, and the energy never stops from the first beat.
The album does add a different style with “Mommy The World Is Scary,” in which has rapper JTONG provides the verses and Sungwoo sings on the chorus. The main facet of No Brain’s music is that it’s high energy, and once you start listening, you join a party that doesn’t stop. With the time between releases, the band doesn’t forget its past and continues to forge ahead with the style that has given them so many fans.
No Brain are a classic rock band that has influenced many other bands in Korea and are continuing to present Korean music to international audiences. For many people, ‘Brainless’ will be the first introduction to No Brain, and it’s a great way to meet them. But if you go back further than this album, you will hear even more music from them that you can enjoy.