Loyola School of Continuing and Professional Studies professor Christopher Martiniano performed with his new anti-Trump punk band, no.no.no.NO., for a vibrant, dynamic concert Feb. 21 at Martyrs’ (3855 N. Lincoln Ave.). For a first show, the young band showed promise and gave voice to those who share its outrage at the current U.S. political climate.
Martiniano was joined by frontwoman and lead vocalist Anna Raymo and seasoned Chicago punk guitarist Jane Danger. Bassist Raedy Ping, a former psychology professor at Loyola, wasn’t in attendance due to illness, according to Martiniano.
No.no.no.NO. was joined by two other Chicago rock groups, Oku and Fire Garden. Oku played first, offering melodic, softer rock music which the small crowd enthusiastically applauded. The band played a number of original songs during its hour-long set, along with a few covers. Fire Garden, whose sound was similar to Oku’s, played after no.no.no.NO. to a slightly larger crowd.
After Oku’s performance, Raymo, Martiniano and Danger took the stage — with a brief warning from Martiniano.
“We’re not a quiet band, just so you know,” Martiniano said. “Sorry about that.”
While the musicians in Oku spoke to the audience between each song, no.no.no.NO. played its set straight through with few pauses, giving the effect of a performance art piece. The sound of screeching guitars, Raymo’s impassioned vocals and audio tracks from several of President Donald Trump’s speeches and other public statements filled the small venue as the band encouraged the audience to nod and clap along to the music. Each song was full of defiant lyrics, such as “This has to stop,” “We are all burning” and “We have the power” — blatantly expressing the band’s disdain for the current presidential administration.
Martiniano and Danger remained mostly stationary throughout the show, while Raymo worked the stage as she sang and screamed into the mic. Despite expressing anxiety over playing her first show in her recent interview with The PHOENIX, Raymo dominated during every song. The anger was clearly felt and heard in her voice, elevating the band’s performance as a whole.
No.no.no.NO.’s set ended with an audio clip from a speech given Jan. 20 at a New York City women’s march by indie rock artist Halsey. The audience applauded enthusiastically and the trio shared a group hug once the show was over.
For a first concert, no.no.no.NO. seemed comfortable and confident onstage and showed promise as a young band. Some of the group’s songs would be easy to sing along with and headbang to if it were to grow in popularity, and band might soon get the opportunity to hear fans sing its lyrics during a show.