Check out the NOCONA video debut for “Toothless Junkie” on The Alternate Root Magazine! Directed by Chris Strother Special Thanks to Danny McCloskey, Rama the Lama & everyone at Zorthian Ranch! WATCH NOW
Great reviews are rolling in for NOCONA! Buy “Long Gone Song” NOW!
“NOCONA is one of those up-and-coming alt.country bands you hear all too little about until every website in the country in the world is talking about them. They come out of the gate hard-edged on this one, Chris Isom raking his guitar beneath his country-laced voice, upping his game.” — Frank Gutch Jr.
“Though the content may not be the gospel, the conviction in the hollering verges on something straight out of a chapel.” Jake Tully, MOXIPOP
“Long Gone Song by Nocona is full of rave-up garage rock for high lonesome desperadoes. It’s guaranteed to start a stampede in a world full of dull lonely cattle drives. Yes, it’s rude, crude, and socially unacceptable. But it’s also energizing, motivating, and trippy. Their high-energy act has landed them gigs at Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, SXSW, and Stagecoach because they know how to stir up a crowd.” – Calvin Powers, Americana Music Show
NOCONA made Turnstyled, Junkpiled’s Top 10 list for 2015!
“It’s Just” – Video of the Day “This isn’t the first nor it will it be the last time that I play NOCONA, once their new Album goes live, expect it to be The Album of The Week…”— 50thirdand3rd
“From the Texas country sounding pedal steel to the punk-rock infused guitar riffs, the sounds on this record are unexpectedly perfect together.” 5 out of 5 stars from the great state of Oklahoma! — Red Dirt Report
“It is in this thought that the Americana influence, tangled with the roots that they employ so well but also with a sentimental nod to the British Folk scene really comes through for Nocona.” — Liver Pool Sound UK
“Along with their knack for creating songs that musically stand up to any American act out there these days, their lyrics are thought provoking, often intense stories that can be darkly humorous at times” — Music Morsels
“This may be rock but this is rock with roots that go all the way to China…” — No Depression
“Wild stuff that doesn’t follow lines you’ve come to expect, just listening closely to the lyrics will flip you out. Outsider stuff that really hit’s the mark and is sure to be celebrated by disenfranchised everywhere. Check it out. ” — Midwest Record
Jam In The Van
January 4, 2015 Torrance, CA
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Saturday September 28 Andalusia Stage 4pm
BEVERLY HILLS BLUES
“Beverly Hills Blues” is a single from Nocona’s forthcoming album on Henrietta Records. The video was directed, edited, by David Schlussel
OUTSIDE LANDS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014
Saturday 8/9 12-12:40pm Panhandle Stage
Saturday 8/9 2:10-2:50pm Sierra Nevada Stage
Sunday 8/10 2-2:30pm Toyota + SpinMedia Soundwave Stage curated by Stereogum
“Why Outside Lands booked Nocona in the dreaded “first show of the day” spot is beyond us. The honky tonkin’ Americana rock band was solid, charismatic and well deserving of a better time slot. Husband-and-wife team Chris and Adrienne Isom held down the fort with the kind of twangy guitar and vocals you usually only find on the beer-soaked stage of Tootsie’s in Nashville while Annie Rothchild beamed on upright bass. Hell, they even had their own Blues Brothers-inspired harmonica player. We’re sold.”-BOXX MAGAZINE
“If the early bird gets the worm, then what’s the early band get? Noon may have seemed like a pretty ambitious tee time following long Friday night sets by Kanye and Arctic Monkeys, but Mexicali blues band Nocona was up to the task and then some. They literally couldn’t wait to get started. Though it’s hard believe, the Los Angeles-based five-piece actually jumped the gun on the noon kickoff, starting their set at 11:57 AM. Frontman and lead vocalist Chris Isom was fired up on “Whites of Your Eyes”, as he rattled off lyrics atop a stand-up bass and Elan Glasser’s peeling harmonica. Navigating some tricky time signature shifts, the band was sharp and precise. “Hated”, a bizarre folk song that plays like a one-star album review, had Isom whining: “You can’t play guitar/ And your lines insipid, bay-bay!” But don’t fret, Nocona. After hearing your Saturday set performance at the Panhandle stage, we’ll think twice before writing anything nasty.” –Henry Hauser
“If the old saying, “All hat & no cattle,” is supposed describe pretty boys and girls pretending to be country; Nocona would be all well-whiskey, cigarettes and f**k-you’s…and no hat.” – Pinpoint Music
“Blending high energy with songs that paint a picture for listeners, NOCONA recall memories of setting suns, crisp surf and ageless desert. Formed by husband and wife team of Chris and Adrienne Isom and their friends, the collection gave songs Chris wrote years earlier new life.” – Travel Hymns
“Growing up in the 70′s , I was very much into the whole California Sound, from early Fleetwood Mac all the way back to The Byrds, it was a history filled with great bands and fantastic music built around harmonies and lyrics. I’m beginning to find it pointless to try and point out who a band reminds me of or what they sound like. Too many of these new bands take from various bands that are not all that alike, mix that up and come out with something that doesn’t quite fit one “label”. Nocona is just such a band. Beautiful harmonies, great music filled with memories of past legends with just enough of their own talent to say , “if you want to listen to a new Band that sounds great, has talented musicians, beautiful Harmonies, give a listen to Nocona.” – 50thirdand3rd
“Nocona is one of the most promising frontrunners of the Americana revival scene as of late.” – Moxipop
NOCONA has just been invited to play the Honky Tonk Stage at The Stagecoach Festival both April 26 and 27th! http://www.stagecoachfestival.com/
chris in American songwriter: “The song is a comic tragedy about high brow problems. I guess I was trying to create a kaleidoscope of what i think is bullshit bourgeois depression. ‘My uncle’s so stoned,’ ‘throw me the paper and get the fuck away from me,’ ‘And your record review, don’t make the evening news’ etc. Also, someone close to me was diagnosed with schizophrenia and I’ve lost all contact with this person and it effects me pretty deeply, they had a promising career in Hollywood, and someone else I knew with everything to live for killed himself around the time I was writing the song, I think these and maybe some other personal experiences were informing the inspiration for the lyrics.” check it out…
nocona on bones & criminal minds
Nocona @ The Independent
On 9/5 Nocona opened for Brokedown In Bakersfield at The Independent.
NOCONA @ RED GATE RANCH 2013 FOR SAVE THE WAVES
On 10/12 Nocona performed with acts including Poor Man’s Whiskey at Red Gate Ranch Music Festival to help raise money to clean up the California Coasts.
NOCONA @ BONNAROO
Nocona played The Miller Lite Tent & The Solar Stage at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2013. Photography by Abby Linne
‘Brimstone’ to Bonnaroo
“Brimstone” is the midpoint set piece of Nocona’s recently completed album, which, in typical DIY fashion, they’re deciding how to release and market now that they’ve returned from the adrenaline rush of Bonnaroo. From the shifting punk-country time signatures of “Whites of Their Eyes” through the galloping Western “Sink Like a Stone” and bluesy slide of the closing rocker “Dead Ganglion,” the eponymously titled album’s 10 tracks reflect their kitchen-sink mix of influences. It can be geeky fun to name check them: a bucketful of 13th Floor Elevators here, a dash of Buddy Holly there, a little Stones. Between flashes of guest Greg Leisz’s pedal steel on “Machine Gun Fire,” there are moments that call to mind the much mellower Beachwood Sparks. Yet, to Nocona’s credit, they don’t sound much like any other band. –Pasadena Weekly
“Heading to Bonnaroo? I am! When I got a message from a friend about one of her acts, I had to check out these “Nocona” cats… Damn! All I can say is they instantly got added to my Must See list.
These cats rock some alt country sounds like nobody’s business. Look out, Mumford, there’s a new band in town! Hot pickin’ on a variety of instruments and styles compliment lyrics from ballads to rockin country blues, and I swear I hear a certain Mid-Western punk sound in there, too.” –MTM
NOCONA CBS THE FEED-FRIDAY MUSIC ROUND-UP
On 3/29 CBS News posted our Brimstone video.
“Our (second) requested video of the week is for “Brimstone,” a fantastic single from Los Angeles-based band Nocona’s self-titled upcoming album. Don’t you wish all your arguments looked this cool? This video pretty much had me aesthetically in the first scene, when they showed a cool car on a mountain in California (I’m a simple person, it’s all I need!). I also really liked the song until about half-way through when the whole band kicks in… and then I absolutely LOVED it! Definitely be sure to check out the video below, along with their upcoming album.” –CBS News
This is Nocona’s first video and “Brimstone” is a single from the
forthcoming self-titled album on Henrietta Records. The video was
directed, edited, and photographed by Jonathan Nowak
Daron Keet. The video was shot in the San Gabriel Mountains above
“Nocona’s high-energy is infectious and they are one of the few Americana acts in LA that can keep an audience wide awake, captivated and on their feet at 1am. Made up of members of Paladino (Chris Isom, Adrienne Isom, Annie Rothschild) and Old Californio (Justin Smith), Nocona stand out from the rest with a perfect mix of punk rock attitude, solid technical skills, fine tuned dynamics and seasoned songwriting chops. They marry together the rootsier side of the Stones along with touches of The Velvet Underground, California twang and The White Stripes, giving them a diverse, original sound that secures their place as one of LA’s most exciting artists to watch in 2013.”– Turnstyled Junkpiled
“L.A.-based Nocona, a country punk act rooted in the blues with a
psychedelic and Mexicali twist are the new Alt-country Sheriffs in
town”–Slo New Times
“Nocona is made up the husband and wife team of
guitarist-singer-songwriter Chris and guitarist-singer Adrienne Isom,
both transplants from the East Coast, and bassist Annie Rothschild —
along with Justin Smith, from the band Old Californio. Putting a
stylistic jacket that sticks (on Nocona) can be tricky. But suffice to
say echoes of Gram Parsons, Johnny Cash, Rockabilly and roadhouse
roughhousing are in the mix.”
–Santa Barbara Press
Nocona live independent’s day radio
On 3/20 Nocona was interviewed by Joe Armstrong and performed live on Independent’s Day Radio.
“Los Angeles-based band, Nocona, would be right at home on Chicago’s Bloodshot records – a label that many insurgent country bands have called home for nearly 20 years…(Nocona) is a new band with a brand new record that eschews the broken hearted, tear-in-my-beer aspects of honky-tonk and instead pours considerable energy into ramped up tempos that share as much with Black Flag as they do The Man in Black.”–Independent’s Day Radio
NOCONA @ THE FILLMORE
On 2/22 Nocona joined ALO and Diego’s Umbrella at The Fillmore for an acoustic show in The Poster Room.