By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Steve Brennan
By Joseph Hess
By Allsion Babka
By Kelsey McClure
By RFT Music
By Christian Schaeffer
By Gabriel San Roman
"HOW FUCKEN OLD ARE NOMEANSNO? GIVE IT UP GRAND DADS," reads the graffiti on the cover of last year's Nomeansno retrospective, The People's Choice. Yeah, they're pretty "fucken old." Brothers Rob (bass) and John (drums) Wright are indeed of granddad age; they were already grown up by the time they formed the band in the late '70s.
As for "giving it up": No chance. The Canadian trio is still as loud and startling as when it freaked out the '80s hardcore squares with grotesque sagas like "Dad" and "Self-Pity." Nomeansno has produced a lot of crazed, willfully obscure, occasionally accessible music since, including covers of the Ramones' "Beat on the Brat" and Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew" on the same disc (No One, 2000). Live, Nomeansno is a revelation, stunning the unsuspecting with pulverizing volume and more stomach-churning twists than the Screaming Eagle.
Appropriately, openers Corbeta Corbata are Nomeansno's most avid local disciples. Singer/bassist Ben Smith has obviously learned a thing or two from Rob Wright's vocal bark and cock-eared rhythm jerks; an increasing power-chord rock element makes Corbeta Corbata's sound all the more dramatic.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8-$10; call 314-621-9019 for more information.