June 10, 2015, Winnipeg, MB: The Western Canadian Music Alliance is pleased to announce long-time Canadian punk rock band NoMeansNo, as inductee to the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame for 2015. The group originally hails from Victoria, BC; the location for this year's BreakOut West Festival, Conference and Western Canadian Music Awards, September 17-20.
NoMeansNo's induction into the Hall of Fame will occur during the Western Canadian Music Awards Gala on Sunday, September 20, honouring the seminal punk rockers among the many talented 2015 Nominees. Alberta Music Executive Director, WCMA board member and Captain Tractor frontman Chris Wynters had this to say about the band, "NoMeansNo is one of Western Canada's greatest music exports. Their smart and edgy songs, along with their pioneering DIY ethic, influenced many and paved the way for Canada's indie revolution in the 90's. I think I saw them play about a hundred times as a kid in Victoria in the 80's, and they always blew the roof off the venue! I can't think of a more deserving and fitting inductee into the WCMA Hall of Fame."
NoMeansNo was formed by brothers Rob and John Wright in 1979, and the band has been a force in punk music since. With an immense underground following spanning North America and Europe, NoMeansNo has toured consistently since their formation, and despite their non-pursuit of commercial fame, maintain an exalted position in Canadian music. The band has left it's mark of influence on punk rock music across the globe, with it's complex musicality, and politically and sociologically charged songwriting; being referred to as "the secret influence on a fair amount of both early-'90s math rock and emo", or even "Devo on a jazz trip", and "Motörhead after art school".
Since the early eighties, NoMeansNo has released 12 studio albums, 10 EP's, 4 singles, 4 live albums and numerous compilations, both on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label, and on the band's self-started Wrong Records. The Wright brother duo makes up the base of the group though guitarist and sometime-vocalist Andy Kerr was a member from 1983-1992, including the 1989 release of the band's seminal album Wrong. In 1993 guitarist and vocalist Tom Holliston joined the band, forming the NoMeansNo of today. The three are also members of NoMeansNo's touring side project The Hanson Brothers, a "puck rock" group of hockey playing goons, modeled from the cult classic 1977 film Slap Shot.
The Alternative Tentacles website best sums up the reasons why the western Canadian music community has chosen to honour a band who has influenced so many western Canadian musicians today: "NOMEANSNO define post-modernist hardcore. In a word (or several), they are intelligent, articulate, studied, thoughtful, violent, passionate, intense, and playful. Acclaimed by peers and adored by fans, this musically adept trio has consistently thrilled sweaty crowds around the world. The band is a punk rock success story, albeit on their own terms, well hidden beneath the radar of the music industry." for more information on NoMeansNo, visit them at www.NoMeansWhatever.com or on Facebook.
BreakOut West will have many more exciting announcements in the coming months, including the festival line-up announcement on July 7th, conference information, awards show performers and more! Visit www.BreakOutWest.ca for up to date information on upcoming events.
About BreakOut West:
BreakOut West is an annual gathering to celebrate, develop and support the best of western Canadian music. Western Canadian artists are developing sustainable careers of national and international scope, and BreakOut West is an integral component of this development. Through the annual conference and festival, industry from around the world and western Canadian artists are given the opportunity to discover, educate, network and grow. The weekend culminates in the Western Canadian Music Awards, showcasing and honoring the talent contained in the "left half" of Canada.
The 13th annual BreakOut West and Western Canadian Music Awards will be hosted in Victoria, BC, September 17-20, 2015. The festival, gala and conference will run concurrent with Rifflandia Festival, bringing together strengths of both events in hosting some of the best in western Canadian talent, increasing opportunities for artists, and networking with industry representatives from many different markets. The Western Canadian Music Alliance, Capital Regional Music Awards Society and the Host Committee are dedicated to making this year's event a memorable and unique occurrence for Vancouver Island, alongside one of the island's premier music festivals.
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