“Too Much Is Not Enough” included in the band’s forthcoming LP First Love
Portland, OR’s No. 2 was formed 25 years ago out of the ashes of Heatmiser, the celebrated indie rock group led by Neil Gust and Elliott Smith.
Alongside bassist Gilly Ann Hanner of Calamity Jane and Eyelids drummer Paul Pulvirenti, Gust set himself apart from his late counterpart by chasing the fuzzy hooks of T. Rex, the heart-cracking harmonies of X, and the pole vaulting riffs and queer subtext of The B-52’s.
In 1999, the band released their debut album No Memory on Donna Dresch’s influential Chainsaw Records. After tours and supporting spots for Pacific Northwest luminaries Quasi, Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, and Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, and a follow up album What Does Good Luck Bring? (In Music We Trust 2002), the band dispersed to pursue other interests. But after selling out vinyl reissues of both albums, the band reformed in 2019, recorded a new 7” for Jealous Butcher Records, and began developing a new album with producer Joanna Bolme (The Minders, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks). Entitled First Love, the new album will be released on September 9th via Jealous Butcher as well.
The Rock & Roll Globe is happy to premiere the video for the first single off the forthcoming LP, entitled “Too Much Is Not Enough,” today on the site.
“’Too Much Is Not Enough’ is about insatiable desire,” describes Gust. ‘Imagine Joan Jett and Malcolm Young attending a Barney Bubbles retrospective on mushrooms. That’s what I think the video looks and sounds like. It was directed by Hal Wolverton who created all the color and CG effects, with band footage shot by Sam Higginson. We sincerely tried to make the new album feel essential to a 14 year old closeted gay kid in the midwest in the mid 80’s. It’s 70’s stadium rock played to an audience of one.”
Pre-order First Love at BandCamp.
VIDEO: No. 2 “Too Much Is Not Enough”