NOLIFE - YOU WON’T SURVIVE THE STATE OF NEW YORK 12" EP in stores march 10
NOLIFE : 25. NEW YORK. CHIMERIC ULTRA-VIOLENT SONIC ANOMALY.
YOU WON’T SURVIVE THE STATE OF NEW YORK:
A REFLECTION OF DISCOMFORT. UNCERTAIN. UNYIELDING. OBJECTIVELY GRITTY. A SNAPSHOT
OF TWO YEARS ALONE IN AN UNFAMILIAR CITY. ELECTRIC CHAOS ASSEMBLED BY AN
Originally from Albany, New York and having since moved to NYE, NOLIFE is the latest signing to the
Young Turks label.
Incorporating influences from noise, hardcore, hip-hop, and electronic, NOLIFE has created an
assaulting take on contemporary experimental electronic music. With his sole physical release being an
extremely limited self-released cassette earlier this year, the forthcoming YOU WON’T SURVIVE THE
STATE OF NEW YORK EP is the most fully realized NOLIFE project to date.
Created in a state of isolation and poor health, the five seamless tracks of heavy beats laced with
dissonant noise samples create a dark picture of the NOLIFE existence.
RIYAL – Areca, Amnesia Scanner, Oneonta Point Never, Death Grips
NOLIFE is the project of 25-year-old Sean Engvall. Born and bred in Schenectady, New York – a city
transformed by the presence of Thomas Edison, General Electric and the American Locomotive
Company – Sean cut his teeth in a hardcore scene whose sound was defined by the industrial
environment that it was set in. In high school he began to experiment with electronic music, transposing
the sensibilities he gained from his involvement in Schenectady’s hardcore community to a new genre.
It was during his time at SUNY New Palti that Sean was brought closer to the DIY noise and electronic
music scene that would later inform NOLIFE. At New Palti, Sean rented a room in The Alter (formerly
Mosh Depot) – a split level apartment by day and basement venue by night. Bare walls, concrete floors
and a fine layer of dust and broken 40s. Among noise shows, DJ sets, and conceptual applications of
music in class, Sean found himself at a point of creative evolution.
Prompted by the uncertainties that follow graduation, Sean dropped everything and moved to a couch in
New York City to pursue a career in film production. It wasn’t until Sean found himself sitting alone and
broke in his first Brooklyn apartment with a case of the flu that he began making music again.
The first NOLIFE track, “Unkind”, was born out of the struggle of surviving in New York City while
participating as part of the problem that creates the struggle, a theme that would come to recur across
the music Sean makes as NOLIFE. A project deeply rooted in chaos, NOLIFE is anxiety, doubt, and
isolation at a breaking point – it is the noise of post industrialism and the affective bond with one’s
environment. You Won’t Survive the State of New York, NOLIFE’s debut EP on Young Turks, is a project
that reaches beyond the state it was born in and creates a sound of dejection that is universally relatable.