After 35 years, influential Victoria punk unit Nomeansno have decided to call it a day. The band announced that their "lingering hiatus" had become a permanent one in a Facebook post on Saturday night (September 24).
In a statement thanking fans for the ride, John Wright announced that the band would no longer be operating under the Nomeansno moniker, though he did promise new material from his robotic Compressorhead project soon. Read the full message below.
Nomeansno were formed by John and his brother Rob Wright in Victoria back in 1979, issuing their first full-length with Mama in 1982. They went on to deliver 12 studio albums in total, with the most recent one arriving in 2006 with All Roads Lead to Ausfahrt.
The band were inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame last year. At the time, WCMA board member Christ Wynters reflected on the group's career, stating: "Their smart and edgy songs, along with their pioneering DIY ethic, influenced many and paved the way for Canada's indie revolution in the '90s. I think I saw them play about a hundred times as a kid in Victoria in the '80s, 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."
It was also recently revealed that Nomeansno will feature prominently in an upcoming documentary about Victoria's early punk scene titled Somewhere to Go: Punk Victoria.