You’ve been waiting. You’ve been asking. You’ve been patient. Now it’s finally time. Alternative Tentacles Records is proud to announce the pre-order for Nomeansno “Wrong”. The legendary album returns home to Alternative Tentacles and is now available for pre-order in some never before released versions!
Not only is it available in the wide release black vinyl edition, but you can also order “Wrong” as the limited Record Store Edition of solid Red vinyl, and for the first time the limited Artist Edition of split Red and Black vinyl. All versions are available for pre-order here in our online store.
Not exclusive enough? There is also a Red and Black Splatter vinyl edition exclusively available to our Patreon subscribers at the SQUID or PLAGUE tiers. Limited to 400 and only available on the Patreon subscribers who sign up this month.
Vancouver, BC based Nomeansno was active from 1979-2016 and released 11 albums, including a collaborative album with Jello Biafra, and numerous EPs and singles. They mixed hardcore punk, with complex jazz instrumentation, and dark lyrics to become a legendary inspiration to generations of musicians. They were a huge influence on both math rock and emo bands who came along in their wake.
Originally formed by brothers Rob and John Wright, the group started as a two-piece punk band, and were later joined by guitarist Andy Kerr. They signed to Alternative Tentacles Records and quickly become one of the labels most iconic bands. In 1989, the band released “Wrong” and it was critical success, and helped introduce the world to Nomeansno.
In 2015, drummer John Wright said to the St. Louis Music Press of the success of “Wrong”;
“The kind of music we were playing, and then Nirvana before they got popular, and that kind of alternative…Punk rock was getting to that point where a lot of bands were just starting to get into that commercial breakthrough, and when Nirvana did, well of course that spelled the end of it all. But it sort of simmered to that point, and then people wanted to hear bands like Nirvana, which weren’t hardcore, not pop or rock, it was sort of more heartfelt music, and we were sort of caught up in that…In Europe especially, the music scene was just exploding. We completely attribute all of our success to going and playing in Europe. That’s where all the buzz about us came from.
We were touring throughout the States in the mid-80s, and we’d get a little bit of audience here and there, but after a couple of years in Europe, we started doing some big shows there, and all of a sudden, people in the States were coming out to our shows. And we went from getting paid $200 to getting paid $1000. It was just like that. You had to have the buzz, and then it all just kind of blew up.”
Widely considered to be one of their greatest albums, with critics like Allmusic, calling the “Wrong” was a masterpiece, and features, “…some of the most complex instrumentation you’re ever likely to find in good ol’ punk rawk.” In 2021, the album was voted by the public to win the Canadian Polaris Heritage Prize to honor classic Canadian albums released before the creation of the Polaris Prize.
“Wrong” is available for pre-order now, and is schedule to ship in January of 2024.