Review Revue: NoMeansNo – 0 + 2 = 1


Happy Thursday! It is time for some regional punk rock, courtesy our neighbors to the north, NoMeansNo. Formed in 1979 (!) in British Columbia by brothers John and Rob Wright, they continue to rock their dedicated fans in the US, Canada and Europe to this very day. NoMeansNo means business! This week’s Review Revue selection, 1991’s 0 + 2 = 1, is pretty much smack in the middle of their oeuvre. Unlike many bands making loud guitar music in the 1990s, the brothers Wright never signed to a major label, maintaining a relationship with Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles (which also started in 1979) into the early 00s. These days they’re releasing their records on their very own imprint Wrong Records.

“Yeah, brilliantly played, intelligent, loud + tight + I don’t like it. The songs have no momentum — the beats too stacatto + a tad sterile. The ones most to my liking are 1-5+ 2-6. Someone else needs to check this out. (And yes, about 60% of their last show bored me shitless, 40% ruled the universe.)”

“A really cool album. Play up! Don’t listen to Mark, he’s a nerdy scientist. Iverson knows what’s up. Play play play!”

“Not yet, Darren!”

“Oops! — you’re talking ’bout the other Mark.”

“Tight, powerful, cynical, and brilliant. Could be their best yet. Incredible songwriting (esp. 1-2). Some lyrics seem demented, but they’re always interesting. Sounds like they’ve been reading kafka. God, this is great!”

“‘Now’ sounds like Marianne Faithfull! No kidding! I wonder if she’s hip enough to cover it?”

“Yeah, first time I heard it I thought it had a female vocalist.”

“‘I Think You Know’ is pretty quirky. OK.”

“‘I’m sick with this,’ to quote Humpty Hump.”

“They’re from Victoria, not Vancouver.”

“I like everything I’ve heard so far, especially 1-1 & 1-2.”

“I agree essentially w/Maahk the nerdy scientist.”

“Didn’t slay me immediately like Wrong did, but this has really grown on me. ‘Now’ is a real departure for a band that’s always been pretty eclectic to begin with.”

“‘Now’ is one great song.”

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  1. P-donkey
    Posted April 30, 2009 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    fantastic album.
    one of my favorite bands ever.

  2. Damon Creed
    Posted April 30, 2009 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Tough to go wrong with NoMeansNo. Arguably the greatest live band from the greater Pacific Northwest. They played the old Backstage in Ballard a way back when. The place was completely packed and these guys had the entire place in an absolute frenzy. I’m sure the patrons upstairs at Lombardi’s wondered just what the heck was causing the ripples in their chianti.

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