Snares Like a Haircut
No Age - Snares Like a Haircut
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2018 Ratings: #120 / 399
User Score
Based on 100 ratings
2018 Ratings: #105
January 26, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Drag City / Label
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The Guardian
No Age are one of those rare bands who can be all things to all punks, from art-school noise types in their lofts to teenagers squabbling in the streets below – and they are in the form of their lives.
It's art with a beat, noise with hooks, and more proof that No Age are one of the great slept-on bands of their generation.
It’s what you should put on when you don’t want to think; aggressive, enveloping, and with just enough of a bite to corroborate your deeply held belief that you’re not one of them.
A.V. Club

Rather than retreading the duo’s winning formula of ruthless hooks, primitive drums, and guitars looped into endless strata, Snares makes it bigger, brighter, and more polished than ever.

The Line of Best Fit

No Age’s noise was never exactly tormented, but there are times on this record when they sound almost carefree, or at least in reach of it.

The 405

At their peak, and not infrequently on Snares Like a Haircut they’re within touching distance, No Age are one of the most thrilling rock bands on this planet.

Time away hasn’t dulled No Age’s musical sword - they’re sharper and brighter than ever.

Their first album for Drag City after three on Sub Pop, Snares Like a Haircut is also No Age’s most dynamic collection by some margin—their version of a proper rock record. If its nervous system is running on hooks and speed, then its blood is sublime, sparkling noise and emotion.


Not everyone will listen to No Age and hear the gems hidden inside the fuzz. But for a certain listener – one perhaps in thrall to the alternative rock of days gone by, and looking for a modern band who recapture that spark – Snares Like A Haircut will land like manna from heaven.

No Ripcord
The duo is older and more experienced, but their core conviction hasn’t changed.
Drowned in Sound
This could be great, messy pop music, or just as easily be something you dreamt, dozing in post-coital bliss with a detuned radio in the background. Whichever it is, you’ll just be glad it exists.
FLOOD Magazine

This is a record that—subtly, subconsciously—offers some kind of solace while also invoking the unnerving and disquieting times we live in.

Under The Radar

There's real gratification for the fan when an album finds a balance held by intact identity and expansion of the dimension in which it resides. Snares Like a Haircut achieves this by introducing an almost shoegaze sensibility to their galvanic art punk. The refreshing assortment is evidence that in this territory, No Age have no equal.


Snares Like a Haircut might be their most accessible and uplifting record yet; released in a time of social decay, it's a statement that rings loud and clear.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Snares Like A Haircut is a good rock album that continues No Age’s streak of making good rock albums.

The Needle Drop
A decade on from their debut album, No Age is still delivering visceral and sound-rich rock music.
Spectrum Culture

At its best, No Age was a near-perfect melding of adventurousness and accessibility, and its latest album, Snares Like a Haircut is the most consistent melding of the two extremes since the band first caught attention with Weirdo Rippers.

The Skinny
Snares seems like a long EP – one that ends before it really gets going.
Loud and Quiet
There are occasional remnants of experimentation, namely in the ambient touches to the title track and ‘Third Grade Rave’, but the defining feature of ‘Snares Like A Haircut’ is its fuzzy chords and no-nonsense attitude, which isn’t so bad, but isn’t so strong.
Apr 2, 2018
Finally it's on Spotify, if you like punk you have to check this one out
Jun 2, 2018
For making their most accessible album, it's pretty uncompromising to who they are and where they've come from.
May 21, 2018
Favorite tracks: Cruise Control, Stuck In the Changer, Send Me, Tidal
May 20, 2018*
Very energetic but somehow calming. Great melodies under the walls of noise, I could (and have) listen to this on repeat until my ears are ringing.
Apr 20, 2018
easy listening adult contemporary
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Track List
  1. Cruise Control
  2. Stuck In the Changer
  3. Drippy
  4. Send Me
  5. Snares Like a Haircut
  6. Tidal
  7. Soft Collar Fad
  8. Popper
  9. Secret Swamp
  10. Third Grade Rave
  11. Squashed
  12. Primitive Plus
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Added on: October 10, 2017