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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (1979 – present)

NoMeansNo are a band originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and now located in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The band have never had, or have ever seemed to pursue, strong mainstream success, but they do have a devoted underground following in North America and Europe. They tour fairly often on both continents and maintain a dedicated fan base.

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’s 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.” 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 1980s, 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.)


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  • mefurgly

    The brothers are not young. I wish we could preserve this band in time, alas they will not be around forever. One of the greatest of all time, and like the Ramones, probably are due for much more fame after they are gone.

    18 Jul 4:06am Reply
  • olin97

    Minutemen on steroids

    30 Jun 7:43pm Reply
  • newwavelad

    legend band

    10 May 11:43pm Reply
  • Iddeous

    Fantastic band. [2]

    6 May 7:06pm Reply
  • mephistoeles

    Mr. Bungle meets punk.

    7 Apr 8:00pm Reply
  • mot00rzysta

    LET'S GET STARTED !!! oh crap, wrong shiitbox....guess which one ! lool

    31 Mar 5:51pm Reply
  • antiperiodic


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  • lukasz_92

    See? Just one left :D

    25 Feb 11:01pm Reply
  • lukasz_92

    To those fed up with the official photos - I've read that flagging the photos worked somewhere so let's flag all three.

    20 Feb 4:17pm Reply
  • GoatUser


    17 Feb 9:56am Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Fantastic band.

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • SchWarG

    really hope i get a chance to see them before/if they call it quits

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • rafqueiroz

    dat underrated stuff.

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • foreignlawns

    the most painfully underappreciated band. ♥

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • xVTSWx

    Cool stuff.

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • OneDrunkWalking

    GOAT punk band

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Rock-A-Rolla

    NoMeansNo discuss Wrong in a brand new interview in the latest issue of Rock-A-Rolla! Check it out here:

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • benberzerc

    @ crabcorecentral; foretunately is the opinion from a little kid, who don't even finish his mothermilk while being a mainstream listener, not relevant for a band like no means no and i like your anger, that your commercial god become just 1/5 XD

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Fischfischfisch

    wrong is the new right

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • MarceloDCE

    @crabcorecentral top artist Slipknot. You should try with One Direction too, they have a great image and lots of people like them. Keep going like that.

    23 May 2013 Reply
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