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Event Archive - NoMeansNo, Married To Music

Fri. June 1st 2007 9:00pm Sugar (No Minors) 9:00pm
$16.00
Tickets at: Lyles Place, www.ticketweb.ca
Presented by: Atomique Productions
The band was formed in 1979 by brothers Rob Wright (bass guitar and vocals) and John Wright (drum set, keyboards and vocals). Their name derives from an anti-date rape slogan. For their first four years the duo music would seem to be influenced as much by jazz and progressive rock as punk rock. The musical press described their earliest recordings as "Devo on a jazz trip, Motörhead after art school or Wire on psychotic steroids."[1] Nomeansno have been credited with being an influence on, and perhaps even the genesis of, math rock.
The brothers Wright began recording as a two-piece in their parents' basement in 1979. These recordings, heard on their first two self-released 7"s, consisted of full rock band arrangements and had a new wave, warped-pop sound, different from subsequent recordings. When, in the early '80s, the duo began gigging simply with bass, drums and vocals, the present form of their distinct sound slowly took shape. The songs they played in this period are documented on the Mama LP (re-released in 2004 on their own Wrong Records.)
In 1984, they added Andy Kerr (who played with John Wright in Infamous Scientists) on guitar and vocals. Kerr preferred pseudonymity and used such pseudonyms as "Buttercup" or "None of your fucking business". He brought a distinct hardcore punk edge to the group, and stayed until 1993. He is often erroneously credited for penning the lyrics of Nomeansno songs on which he sang, perhaps due to deliberately vague liner notes and frequent vocal moonlighting (Kerr sings lead or co-lead vocals on nearly half the songs on Wrong for example). Kerr's vocals were a necessity for a period of time in the 80s when Rob Wright was recovering from nodules on his vocal cords. While Rob Wright is the band's lyricist and main songwriter, all members have contributed songs to Nomeansno records.
After Kerr's departure, the Wright brothers recorded Why Do They Call Me Mr. Happy? as a duo. They subsequently recruited guitarist Tom Holliston from Showbusiness Giants and The Hanson Brothers, and have continued touring and releasing records, including Worldhood of the World (as such), Dance of the Headless Bourgeoisie, One, and most recently, All Roads Lead To Ausfahrt which was released on August 22, 2006. The album was released by AntAcidAudio in the United States and Southern Records in Europe.
The album No One, released in 2000, featured "two stunning covers that only make sense coming from Nomeansno:" [2] A slow stoner rock-styled version of The Ramones' Beat On The Brat, and rather authentic fifteen-minute version of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, (complete with electric piano and congas) featuring lyrics by Rob.
The band have never had, or have ever seemed to pursue, strong mainstream success, but they do have a strong underground following in North America and Europe. They tour fairly often on both continents and maintain a dedicated fan base. Wrong is widely considered the band's best record ("The playing is incredibly skilled, with the Wright brothers effortlessly shifting tempos and time signatures and Kerr's razor sharp lyrics clicking right into place."[3]).
Nomeansno initially released records with seminal punk rock record label Alternative Tentacles. This relationship ended in 2002. The band has since been reissuing old albums through Southern Records under their own Wrong Records imprint.

NoMeansNo

The exciting quartet the rest of the worId calls NOMEANSNO was formed in 1981 in Victoria, British Columbia. The original group remains intact to this day, consisting of brothers Bob and John Wright, Tom Holliston and Ken. NOMEANSNO's first album "Mama" was produced by Bill Crappelle, who has since gone on to work with many of the finest acts in th... more info
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Married To Music

Do to fortunate circumstances Married to Music have been forced to change the name of their band. We are now INVASIVES Please go to www.myspace.com/invasives more info
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