words: Michael Brooks
No Momentum, a self described “bummer punk” trio from New York, make the kind of music that begs to be shouted; an instantly relatable blend of anxiety and hopelessness that resonates with so many kids who find DIY house shows as a much-needed escape from reality.
The track, "Lance Vance" begins with the lyric “barely been out the house in the last week”, and it’s not hard to imagine a group of kids crowded inside a VFW somewhere screaming those lyrics until their lungs give out. “Lance Vance”, the brand new single off their forthcoming debut EP I Want to Die on the Beach (out digitally on 9/19), is a restless punk anthem. The track, named after a cocaine dealer from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, proudly wears its pop ambitions on its sleeves. Keeping true to Lance Vance’s ethos (a character who is most fondly remembered for the “Lance Vance Dance”) the song makes you want to get on your feet and groove. Carried along by guitar stabs, layered vocals, and perky drum hits that recall so many pop-punk gems of the mid-2000s, “Lance Vance” sounds immediately recognizable while also serving as a breath of fresh air in the current indie rock landscape. No Momentum counteract their melodic hooks with the lyrical density of carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, and their apprehension only escalates as the song moves along. Towards the end of the song lead singer Will Bowman lets loose a yelp, a signifier that he’s reached his breaking point, and he spends the closing moments of the track delivering his lyrics as if there’s no tomorrow.