In 1981, the german band NO MORE landed the underground hit SUICIDE COMMANDO, which in the following years spread internationally regardless of genre and scene. Whether in the New Yorker Limelight or in an Indie club in the Ruhrgebiet, at the Love Parade in Berlin or on the compilation of the Parisian shop Colette, whether in a techno club in Tokyo or at the Sonar Festival in Barcelona: SUICIDE COMMANDO was played everywhere, not in the least thanks to the interpretations by DJ Hell, DJ Vitalic or Echopark. And NO MORE's international indie-classic is still part of many DJ-Sets.
The band split in 1986 but after a long, long break at the end of 2008 NO MORE (condensed in the duo Tina Sanudakura and Andy Schwarz) got back on stage. With the album "MIDNIGHT PEOPLE & LO-LIFE STARS" the first "real" studio album since 1986 was released in 2010. Whereas their Überhit SUICIDE COMMANDO was a monochrome plain that anybody in the song's almost 30-year-long success story could fill with their own longings, NO MORE now in each song turn sharp spotlights onto the present as well as the past.
Or, as the London Playground Magazine succinctly formulated at the end of 2009: "It's always impressive when a band go full circle and have the presence of mind to use the music of those they've influenced to re-invigorate their own sound."
When the band started in 1979 they were influenced by New Wave and No Wave (or as it is called today: Post-Punk) bands like Wire, PIL, Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, Lydia Lunch, Stranglers, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus and Ultravox with John Foxx (just name a few). But they also were (and still are) influenced by (even) older artists like Velvet Underground, Roxy Music, Bowie, Brian Eno, Kraftwerk and Neu!
The four-piece band played an eclectical punkish no wave style at the beginning then turned into a trio exploring a minimal, electronic cold wave style that and some songs became a kind of blueprint for genres like industrial and ebm. The belgian band Suicide Commando even named themselves after the NO MORE song.
When asked where one would have to place NO MORE's kind of music today, to which genre it belonged, the band answers: "If we'd have to name that proverbial slot, we'd say that it is definitely Post-Punk-Electronica-Kraut-Glam. We take songs from all NO MORE phases as well as new songs, give the lot a turn in the time-shredder and - out comes great rhythmic noise: that is pop."
In 2012 NO MORE released the follow up album "SISYPHUS" where they return to the incantation, the mantra, the loop. "SISYPHUS", clearly gloomier than the preceding albums, is best compared to NO MORE's 1982 cult album "A ROSE IS A ROSE".
"Sisyphus is the man - we all have to -- start again -- and again... ("Sisyphus")