"Nomeansno" is a rock music group originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and now located in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The band was formed in 1979 by brothers Rob Wright (bass guitar and vocals) and John Wright (drum set, keyboards and vocals). Their name derives from an anti-date rape slogan. For their first four years the duo music would seem to be influenced as much by jazz and progressive rock as punk rock. The musical press described their earliest recordings as "Devo on a jazz trip, Motörhead after art school or Wire on psychotic steroids."http://trouserpress.com/entry.php?a=nomeansno
Even their earliest recordings demonstrate impressive instrumental technique ("some of the most complex instrumentation you're ever likely to find in good ol' punk rawk"http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:o3o20roac489). Jazz has exerted an influence on the group: Rob's basslines have a loping, melodic quality often reminiscent of Charles Mingus, and John's drumming sometimes sounds a bit like Elvin Jones or Art Blakey.