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Formed in March 1996 out of a common desire for improvisation, originality and a love for the classic music of the 20th Century - Miles Davis, Steve Reich, Sonic Youth, Philip Glass, Stravinsky, Glenn Branca, Nation of Ulysses, John Coltrane & The Fall - Nøught have warped the conceived boundaries between rock, jazz and the avant garde and welded a jet engine to Oxford’s already musical rollercoaster ride.

Nøught are an instrumental three-piece who eschew the traditional confines of guitar-based rock & roll, choosing instead to fuse improvisational noise experimentation onto a clinical endo-skeleton and coating it all in an unholy racket.

In March 97 they released their debut CD single, ‘Cough Cap Kitty Cat’ on Oxford’s Shifty Disco, finding the label’s ‘anything goes’ attitude perfect for their eclectic, experimental sound. ‘Ignatius’, the second track on the CD may well be the only piece of music ever to feature a power drill solo.

Live, Nøught continue to explore any and all musical possibilities while hardening their sound to a point where its density threatens to crush the universe around it to a point of singularity; forever aware of new boundaries, and always willing to break them.

The band’s second release, the four track EP ‘Red Rag’, again on Shifty Disco, was released to coincide with Oxford Radio 1 Sound City 97 in October of that year and found Nøught’s sound even darker and more claustrophobic than ever. So enamoured was John Peel of the band’s extreme sound that he invited them to record a session. Guitarist James Sedwards has appeared on national television interviewed by Peel, who, talking about James’ playing, declared that James was “the first person who’s not been a footballer that I’ve been jealous of.

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  • midwestfaggot


    9 Feb 12:21pm Reply
  • Oates_Moustache

    So bloody good. Like a younger version of Cardiacs.

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • bashiechan

    So glad I finally got to see them live!! Tight as a drum, Alex Ward rockin' out in the audience, everyone gathering close and either goin' nuts or else stationary, totally captivated by those convoluted guitar fuzz blasts and insidious build ups. Good times!

    16 Dec 2009 Reply
  • akzincke

    Free gig, London 13th December...

    20 Nov 2009 Reply
  • sankathi

    this band is absolutely fucking incredible. great great stuff.

    5 Jul 2009 Reply
  • bashiechan

    James Sedwards is some kind of guitar god \o/

    7 Jul 2008 Reply