"A few months ago LA band Nocona came at us out of nowhere with one of our favorite albums of the year" -- KEXP

"Nocona keeps you guessing on this album – to the point that if you were browsing a record store, you wouldn’t be surprised to find this in the alt-country section or the psychedelic section. Perhaps it deserves its own label. Something along the lines of “soundtrack for a night in the desert.” -- Gary Schwind, Americana Highways


"Expansive, thoughtful, and hard-rocking, Los Dos is an exciting serving of forward-looking roots music." -- Chris Morris, Variety


"It’s an album as right for road-tripping as it is ready for bumming around the house, because it snaps you from reality and stirs you into their swirling cosmic country universe." -- American Standard Time

 

"If you've been gone that long, then you must come back with something really good. And that is exactly what is happening here. It is an artistic seven-mile step forward." -- Sugar Mountain Presents, Netherlands

 

"The Little Feat of the 21st Century" -- Sugar Mountain Presents, Netherlands

"NOCONA are a genre rotating outfit that wear their heart on their sleeve, coming from musical directions of their choosing, rather than following trends." -- LonesomeHighway.com / Dublin, Ireland

 

"Controlled chaos, a mutant strain of traditional American music and rock. Few bands can fluently and effectively integrate a wide range of musical orientations. NOCONA have certainly achieved that with flying colours with LOS DOS." -- LonesomeHighway.com / Dublin, Ireland

 

"The world was turned upside down by the pandemic and many records disappeared into limbo, others stopped on their way and some found their habitat on which to hatch in this madness. This is the case of the new album, “Los Dos”, by the Los Angeles, California band NOCONA." -- LOFF IT, Spain

 

"The album appears with the halo of the best LP's of the moment and candidate to sneak into the best of the year." -- LOFF IT, Spain

 

"Uniquely qualified to make their own unique brand of Americana.” — Brian Rock, TJ Music Magazine - Turnstyled, Junkpiled 

 

“The blistering Chester, a take-no-prisoners frenzy, expands of the Exile-era Stones template, all rip-roaring riffs, slippery slide guitar and Elan Glasser's screaming harmonica, making for an absolute belter of a tune.”—Whiskey Preachin’

 

"Their brand of scorching rock & roll combined with the occasional ballad instantly hooked me" -- ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Jeff Munger‎ - Its All Music Radio

"NOCONA has found that sweet spot. It is centered where Roots and Garage Rock, Cosmic Country and Punk find an older siblings stash of dark Psychedelia" -- Bryant Liggett, The Alternate Root Magazine

This is intelligently written, consistently accessible, well-sung, and well-played material from a band that deserves to be as big as many of the acts that influenced it. -- Jeff Burger, Americana Highways

 

“There is a fire there, pouring into the veins of these musicians. You can hear it in those vocals, and in that sense that things could explode at any moment. It may be some form of country, but this is music at the edge.” — Michael Doherty

 

"Los Dos is an album that is far removed from your run of the mill new album. In the garage of the Isoms, a very special atmosphere must have been present. Just imagine being able to hear the conception of this extremely interesting and good album." -- WoNo Magazine, Germany

 

"NOCONA really taps into a retro sound with this project... The entire album is originals, but they are instantly recognizable. That plus the instrumental prowess of the band combine to make Los Dos as comfortable as it is stylish."-- Shawn Underwood, Twangville

 

"Their psychedelic, garage rock and punk influences proudly fuel rollicking tracks such as “Chester,” “Too Much to Lose” and “Unseen Hand,” while California country’s heritage warms the harmonies and waves of pedal steel, acoustic guitar and soulful organ swelling behind narratives such as “Ace in the Hole” and the witty “Post Apocalyptic Blues.” With its thrumming undertow of fingerpicked guitar, violin and steel, “Tabernacle Woes” is the biggest sonic surprise—vaguely reminiscent of “Brimstone” (from 2013’s “ NOCONA ”) but with an eerie Celtic

twist." -- Bliss Bowen, Pasadena Weekly

 

“Los Dos is a really accomplished album from a band that have complete belief in themselves. One for the final Album of the Year list no doubt about that and a band to watch in the future. Wonderful album. Absolutely loved it!” — Hobo On The Tracks

 

"Southern California rock and roll with a lot of punk attitude, surprisingly adept lyrics, and somehow a hint of cosmic Americana is effusing it all." -- Calvin Powers, Americana Music Show

 

"Even though there are traditional folk instruments played this album shows that there is still a subversive, message filled, living history to Americana music. Fine album!" -- Bill Rutsch, Americana Music Show

 

"For myriad reasons, the City of Angels looms large over this record, with its mix of grit and glamour. Although the country music roots run deep throughout Los Dos, there are so many diverse influences going on here it's a record that defies attempts to pin it down." — Michael Hosie/Whiskey Preachin, UK

 

"As you ride Justin Smith's steam-train drums on the bluegrassy second track, Chasing Your Shadow, all the way to the chugging Allmans/Black Crowes groove of Free Throw, you know the party has well and truly started" - Whiskey Preachin'

 

"In songs about love, death, demons and our collective souls, NOCONA’s music will haunt you." -- Americana Highways

 

“Nocona arises from Southern California with punk-rock swagger blending with Americana sensibilities for a music experience sure to tend to all your needs.” —Ditty TV

 

"Just when you think you know where you are with Los Dos, the Americana roots sound is suddenly infused with some very English influences on Tabernacle Woes, bringing the kind of Bert Jansch/Nick Drake arpeggio guitar picking that Chicagoan Riley Walker has adapted so well. It's just a layer of flavour, though, that's added to the overall sound, and one of several songs that comes with an almost cinematic feel. With the delicate flourishes of Xander Hitzig's fiddle accompaniment, I could certainly imagine Tabernacle Woes sound tracking many of the dark dystopian westerns I like so much." -- Whiskey Preachin'

 

"A punk attitude, not loud and electric, but more like Westerberg on an acoustic guitar. I particularly like “Tabernacle Woes” with subtle effects added to a pretty melody. Even though there are traditional folk instruments played this album shows that there is still a subversive, message filled, living history to Americana music (note “Post Apocalyptic Blues” as an example). I can hear some of the Kinks references style wise in some of the old fashioned rocking tunes, maybe with a little Flying Burrito Brothers mixed in, pedal steel and all. The band stretches out on“Unseen Hand”. Love the harmonica and fiddle fills too. Fine album!" -- Bill Rutsch, Americana Music Show

 

“Los Dos is the third album from Los Angeles band, Nocona and finds the band digging deeper into its bracing melding of hard-edged Americana and a keen punk-bred sensibility.”-- Glide Magazine

“Kicking off with acoustic strumming and punkish vocals, the song "Stabby mike" explodes into a grungy roots rocker with plenty of twang, making an impassioned comment on the current state of our society.” — Glide Magazine

SPINS

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