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Nomeansno: All Roads Lead to AusfahrtAll Roads Lead to Ausfahrt (2006)
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Before sliding All Roads Lead to Ausfahrt into my computer, I knew two things about Nomeansno: (1) they're Canadian, and (2) they're old as hell. In fact, they've been a band since 1979, longer than many Punknews.org readers have been alive. What I didn't know about them was that they are an incredi.
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Before sliding All Roads Lead to Ausfahrt into my computer, I knew two things about Nomeansno: (1) they're Canadian, and (2) they're old as hell. In fact, they've been a band since 1979, longer than many Punknews.org readers have been alive. What I didn't know about them was that they are an incredibly strange, sometimes disturbing, but above all talented group of musicians.

Overall, the musicianship reminded me a lot of Double Nickels on the Dime-era Minutemen. Odd timing on the drums along with bouncing, ballsy basslines create some of the most interesting rhythms this side of the Blood Brothers. There are some seriously catchy numbers on All Roads, such as "Slugs Are Burning," "'Til I Die," and the secret bonus track, apparently titled "The Future Is the Past" according to iTunes. The majority of the vocals from brothers Rob and John Wright are strong (almost operatic), but can get a little old after a few listens.

The lyrics also often leave something to be desired, dipping into Dwarves-style weirdness in lines such as "Let's take turns molesting the children / I'm so bored with my life / Yes let's take turns molesting the children / Then I'll go home to my wife" on the song, "Mondo Nihilissimo 2000." In fact, they reference child molestation twice on the disc in addition to their minor college radio hit, "Dad" from the album Sex Mad. However, Nomeansno is right on the mark with "The Hawk Killed the Punk," a testament to fashion's domination of individualism in the modern punk scene.

For those used to straightforward, 4/4 punk rock, All Roads Lead to Ausfahrt will take some getting used to. Their unorthodox approach is nearly one of a kind in punk these days, but is surely worth taking a listen. It's certainly no masterpiece, but it effectively demonstrates that punk rock is no one-trick pony, and neither is Nomeansno.

 

 
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Falconer (September 11, 2006)

Okay, so I got the chance to listen to this band randomly, with this release. After two listens, I was hooked. It's been in my players now for two days. Fucken eh, this band is right on the money...

Anonymous (September 9, 2006)

See them live, my friend. Absolutely, incontravertably, and consistently the best live band on the planet. The albums that sound "interesting, quirky, at times catchy, but not necessarily masterpieces" (a common description similar to yours) take on a whole new depth and intensity. Outfuckingrageously great band. Every single night.

Roberto
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Anonymous (September 1, 2006)

only 7/10 for NoMeansNo ??? 2/10 for the reviewer

Anonymous (September 1, 2006)

No means fucking no !

Anonymous (September 1, 2006)

No means fucking no ! 5/5

bassthoven (September 1, 2006)

No Means No are gods!

lushj (August 31, 2006)

I hope someone who's actually heard this band before reviews this on punknews.org. I'm looking forward to hearing it, but I have no idea if it's a greatest hits, or a brand new studio album, or how it compares to any of their other records.

P.S.- Every time I've seen NMN (1990-2005) they've been anything from "better than 95% of your favorite bands" to "flat out incredible." The last time was a bit long (1 hour ) but I was also not in the mood for a long set and was forced to stay and watch them.

gladimnotemo (August 29, 2006)

I really want to see these guys live on this tour, but I doubt I'll be able to. I'm pretty sure they have a couple more tours in them, though.

wyzo (August 29, 2006)

"so individual taste can create anomalies like the one you just pointed out."

so what your saying, though, is it is an anomalie. or is it anomaly. hmm.

on an unrelated note, i have to go look something up.

wyzo

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

I've seen these guys 7 times I believe, the first time being in 94, the most recent being a few months ago, and let me tell you, they haven't aged well. With 100% assuredness I can guarantee they are the oldest punk band alive that still has their parents come to their shows. Thumbs up on the Dad reference. Anyone wanting to get into this band should check out that song. Sex Mad and Wrong would be my all time favourite albums. Haven't heard this, but the new songs were pretty good live.

...evildeadalive

GlassPipeMurder (August 29, 2006)

Yeah I pride myself on keeping up with all the latest punk bands just so I can strategically place them in reviews.

SlowStupidHungry (August 29, 2006)

"You can tell how much the reviewer knows by who he names drop. "THIS SOUNDS LIKE BLOOD BROTHERS RHYTHM SECTION WITH DWARVES LYRICS"."

Hahahahhahaha.

daved4 (August 29, 2006)

fuck i want this album so bad

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

This band is pretty good, but only so many songs can be sung by old guys with two lips, two lungs and one tounge.

gladimnotemo (August 29, 2006)

You can tell how much the reviewer knows by who he names drop. "THIS SOUNDS LIKE BLOOD BROTHERS RHYTHM SECTION WITH DWARVES LYRICS".

Mute98 (August 29, 2006)

this band is pretty damn good, i actually havent heard much outside of this album

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

A. Nomeansno is amazing.
B. Those lyrics are hillarious.
C. Nomeansno is amazing.
D. Nomeansno is amazing.

Scruffy (August 29, 2006)

"Nomeansno gets 3 1/2 and shitty-ass , christian, epi-fat MuchtheSame gets 4. Yup , I was pretty sure the contributors of this site had shit for brains and now I'm sure of it."

First, Much The Same is religious? You sure about that?

Second, you do realize that there's not just one reviewer, so individual taste can create anomalies like the one you just pointed out. If it bothers you so much, submit a review fro NoMeansNo and give it a 10. If it's well-written, they will publish it. Oh, wait, you probably just want to complain.

homie (August 29, 2006)

Score is for the band because I haven't heard the album. They are old as dirt, but put on a great live show. Hanson Brothers are awesome as well!

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

"Lets all be individuals, by wearing the same god damn spiked belt. Did I miss the "what belt to wear" section of my Punk 101 course?"

NomeansNo don't wear spike belts you fucking moron. Do you know anything at all?

This score is for NomeansNo.

TraumaSponge (August 29, 2006)

Hey! Yelling about this band incessantly has done me well.

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

Nomeansno gets 3 1/2 and shitty-ass , christian, epi-fat MuchtheSame gets 4. Yup , I was pretty sure the contributors of this site had shit for brains and now I'm sure of it.

dietcokeofpunk (August 29, 2006)

"a testament to fashion's domination of individualism in the modern punk scene. "

Lets all be individuals, by wearing the same god damn spiked belt. Did I miss the "what belt to wear" section of my Punk 101 course?

danperrone (August 29, 2006)

they gotta be from boston

ahhh gotta rip a wicked fahhht

danperrone (August 29, 2006)

lol fart

Anonymous (August 29, 2006)

hopefully they'll be putting out records while using respirators.

Great great band. I miss the website that used to have all there lyrics.

where can i find this?

wyzo

cuapunkradio (August 29, 2006)

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