No Applause: Texas Musician Channels ‘80s Hardcore Influences on New Solo Project

No Applause is the solo moniker of musician Michael DeLeon. "It's been something I had in mind for a while," the San Antonio-based hardcore music lifer tells No Echo. "I write a lot of music and have written a good amount of lyrics for my previous bands.

"My job laid me off in a workforce reduction due to COVID, so I decided what a perfect time to finally make it come to fruition. People have asked me about getting a full lineup, but we shall see in the future"

No Applause can be heard via a 3-song EP which Michael dropped last September, and it's a sonic love letter to his classic influences. "I love stuff like BL'AST!, Sick of It All, Go!, Eye For An Eye, early Corrosion of Conformity, and Swedish bands like Final Exit, Totalitar, and Katastrof."

Michael talks a bit about the underground music scene in and around San Antonio: "The scene right now is temporarily dormant as this wave of the pandemic runs its course, but bands are still writing and anxious to get back out once cases go down. We've got two new cool DIYs: The Mission and The Drip Club. Some friends have also started doing outdoor shows with a generator as well as the usual bars and clubs.

"There are some great bands around here like Death Cult, UNIT, Blast Rag, Sacred Games, Hurtle, Mike Turnini, aka Mullet Mike & The Throbbers, Down Not Out, Drink Fight Thugs, Pinko, Life Is Pain, Scum Allegiance, American Swine, Eastern Condors, Mikey Strange & Baby Aztro, and TGLH."


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