Wednesday 4/24 $10 adv / $12 day of, doors at 9, music at 10
NOMEANSNO They destroyed The Shakedown last time with their musical muscle and perfectly honed attitude. If you weren't there, DON'T MISS THIS SHOW. If you were, then I don't even need to tell you. This is our Valentine gift to you, Bellingham.
With apologies to Ms Levin for taking the quote out of context, I submit to you this beautiful bit on NoMeansNo:
"I was enthralled as soon as I heard the opening punch of Wrong's second track, "The Tower." The raw grind and angular groove in the bass felt familiar, but John Wright's jazz-influenced drumming was mathematically inspired, and his brother Rob Wright's articulate bark was sly, funny and politically impassioned without sounding preachy. It was spiritually galvanizing, cerebrally challenging and genuinely hilarious all at the same time.
The Wright brothers initially conceived the project in 1979 as a two-piece while living in Victoria, B.C., and have since cycled through a few different third players. In their 32 years together, Nomeansno have released more than a dozen albums, and they maintain a devout fanbase.
For me, embracing the NMN motto of "Be Strong, Be Wrong" was the beginning of the end of my ties with my one-dimensional high school years. I dropped the knucklehead heshers for feminist-friendly fellows who read The People's History of the United States and wanted more from life than a job at Discount Tire. I stopped blindly buying every new Megadeth release and opened my mind to other underground artists like the Melvins, Throwing Muses and Captain Beefheart. I took a job at the community college, began working as a teaching assistant in the writing center and eventually moved to Seattle in 1991 to attend the University of Washington and pursue a Women's Studies degree.
Maybe I could've become the person I am without the Wright brothers' influence, but I doubt it. Nomeansno changed my life." - Hannah Levin, 8/23/11, City Arts (I urge you to to read the whole piece at http://cityartsonline.com/issues/seattle/2011/09/one-thing-leads-another)