NØ MAN - Glitter and Spit


“A collection of furious songs that reach for hope in a time of tumult.” – Alternative Press

“[NØ MAN] gives vocalist Maha Shami space to howl her experiences as a woman and, most poignantly, as the daughter of Palestinian refugees. ‘Glitter and Spit’ alternates between blackened crust riffs and gothic post-punk melody, but never removes the teeth from the jowl.” – NPR Music

“A seething, colossal rage-whirlwind that sounds like worlds exploding.” – Stereogum on title track “Glitter and Spit”

“A perfect addition to what will undoubtedly be one of the most important political records of the year.” – New Noise on “March of Ides”

“an absolute ripper of a screamo/hardcore song.” – Brooklyn Vegan on title track “Glitter and Spit”

NØ MAN are proud to debut the brand new music video for “Glitter and Spit,” the title track from the band’s highly anticipated new album out on March 29th via Iodine Recordings. “‘Glitter and Spit’ is about not letting people distort your reality to fit their fantasy,” shares NØ MAN. “We’ve never been comfortable with the idea of making a music video and really just wanted to make something that felt true to our live shows. Years ago Joseph Pattisall made one of our favorite videos for our friends in Striking Distance and we were thrilled when he was up for helping us with ours.” Later this March, the band will play a series of benefit shows to raise funds for United Nations Relief and Works Agency and Palestine Youth Movement, both organizations that support the Palestinian people.

“This record is a love letter to resistance. It’s about refusing the many ways colonial logic attempts to make us disappear. As a Palestinian and a woman, my existence alone is enough to offend. Although these songs were written before the current live-streamed catastrophe facing Palestinians, 75 years of military occupation with mass killings, home demolitions, kidnapped children, and stillborn checkpoint babies has provided fuel for the fire as I look for hope in a world gone mad.” – Maha Shami

On their third full-length album, the Washington DC band affirm their essential presence as a necessary voice in modern hardcore. Singer Maha Shami has fully come into her own as a front person, snarling out the most vicious vocals of her career. As the daughter of refugees, a recent return home to Palestine included witnessing first-hand the casual atrocities inflicted on her family. Though written before the current conflict’s boiling point, Glitter and Spit synthesizes the 70+ years of systemic violence carried out against Palestine and her own lived experiences. Formed in 2017, the four-piece punk band has been alchemizing the personal and the political from the jump. Composed of members from Majority Rule, the band’s current aims go hand-in-hand with their past, sonically and thematically.

Glitter and Spit, solidifies NØ MAN’s furious hardcore into a weapon of a record. Album opener “Eat My Twin” twists and refracts a mid-tempo riff into a sonic hammer, cracking open the record’s heaviness to come. Across the album’s blistering 10 tracks, Shami draws on deep seeded ancestral wounds as well as her own first hand present day experience. From school teachers and classmates telling her Palestine doesn’t exist, to being humiliated by soldiers at checkpoints when she visited her family, these many moments fuel the album’s lifeblood, coalescing on “Can’t Kill Us All.” “They want to silence us,” Shami said at a recent benefit show in D.C. “We will be louder. We aren’t fucking going anywhere. Because Palestine will never die.”

The band’s members Matt Michel (guitar/vocals), Pat Broderick (drums) and Kevin Lamiell (Bass) helped lay the foundation for hardcore and screamo in Majority Rule from 1996 to 2004. Alongside the band, vocalist Maha Shami has been a longtime friend, giving a “cameo” guest vocal performance on Majority Rule’s “Packaged Poison” in 2004. When Majority Rule reunited in 2017 to perform multiple benefit shows, it ignited a desire to keep creating, and no one was better equipped to step in as front person than Shami.

Their energy and spirit have brought them together on tour with bands like Portrayal of Guilt, Darkest Hour, FAIM, Entry and more. In 2023 they collaborated with former tourmates and fellow iconoclasts The HIRS Collective on the song “Sweet Like Candy.” They’ve also contributed to Secret Voice’s (the label of Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm) compilation Balladeers, Redefined.

Glitter and Spit was recorded and mixed by Matthew Michel at Viva Studio, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.

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