“The greatest cult band you’ve never heard of!”
“Kilmarnock’s greatest export!”
“Mankind’s defense against threats from beyond the stars!”
Does any of this ring a bell for you?
Then, my friend, you are missing out on DIY greatness!
The Nomen, https://thenomen.org/, were created in Kilmarnock, Scotland, back in 2003 by Allan NoMan & George NoMan, who were primarily doing covers of 70’s DIY punk artists (Steve Treatment (RIP), the Swell Maps) until 2010 when others (Jamie, Brian, and Billy NoMan) joined their cause and the emphasis became original material. Over the close to 20 years of existence, the band has morphed from a post-punk feel to more of a psychedelic/Japanese noise/Krautrock sound. George NoMan describes their influences as such: “An outrageous love for b movies, Giallo, the Radiophonic Workshop and pretending to be extras in a Dr Who episode from 1974. Sons of Ed Wood and Joe Meek!” This is evident not only in their recorded output, but in their videos as well (all readily available on YouTube!).
For me, my intro to the world of the NoMen was a loving cover of Nick Nicely’s “49 Cigars”, a one-off project George the Baptist, and their amazing album, 2014’s “Nine Men’s Morris”, which made the top 10 for me in 2014.
The COVID world has not slowed these brave men down at all, with a new release called “Going Back to Space” coming shortly. You can also check out their Bandcamp page where most past releases have just been made free for your listening pleasure, or just a few dollars!
We often bemoan the state of music, but the NoMen are not carbon copies of whatever flavour of the month is out there, they are a rare breed of originality and that oft-forgotten DIY mindset of years past.