More Than Any Other Day
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"An unusually quotable, lyrically ambitious record, full of a heartfelt auteur yearning... It’s a peculiar but bracing statement made on a miniature, DIY scale. Like many worthwhile efforts of this breed, it gains strength through a piercingly honest, desperately esoteric portrayal of confusion. Blemishes, dead-ends and bewilderment, as seen from one acute perspective, are exactly what make Other Day bristle with a lifelike energy.”

"Endearing and electrifying. It’s an anxious, distressed record to be sure—brimming with feelings of disaffection and dislocation—but it presents itself as such simply to show you how that nervous energy can be put to more positive, constructive use... More so than any identifiable influence, 'More Than Any Other Day' is ultimately defined by its unsettled, restless spirit; this is an album that treats panic attacks and adrenalized ecstasy as two sides of the same pounding heart, with its simultaneous transmissions of joy and fear, discipline and chaos, comedy and tragedy."

"Ought is a young punk band based in Montreal that only formed in the last couple of years but have already honed a distinctive and explosive sound, which is captured beautifully on their debut LP. With their mix of righteous but mischievous poetry and charging music and dramatic vocals, Ought have conjured one of the most refreshing and inspiring rock records of the year... 'More Than Any Other Day' is a fucking gem.”

"Ought delivers a smart, thrilling, noisy, and catchy collection of sparsely arranged guitar rock in the vein of early Talking Heads... And while the tunes thrive on the tension and release created when singer/guitarist Tim Beeler’s sing-speak delivery resolves into hook-filled choruses, the band often pushes the music to its clattering conclusion for the sort of studio recordings that sound captured rather than produced. This is a band that hits solidly on both visceral and intellectual levels."

"'More Than Any Other Day' captures the same kind of energy as all of Ought's incredibly strong influences and funnels them into a collection of songs that effortlessly volleys from spiky political punk to lighthearted dancey pop that feels like the first day of spring. The frenetic energy of standout songs like "Habit" manages to do both, with vocalist Tim Beeler half-speaking, half-singing the lyrics with all the fervor of someone who's just figured everything out and wants to share his enlightenment with the world. On the whole, More Than Any Other Day is a deeply refreshing listen, bursting at the seams with joy and anger and less indebted to its long list of influences than it is an entity greater than the sum of its parts.”

"'More Than Any Other Day' never feels calculated or studied. It’s one of the most earnest rock records I’ve heard in ages, and one I grow fonder of with every listen. Too often I associate youth with vapid exuberance, and not often enough with angst and anger, especially when it comes to music. 'More Than Any Other Day' buzzes with an intensity and focus that hasn’t been dulled down by experience and disappointment, that goes well past the point of no return without ever once considering the consequences of its actions. Ought gives more in one song than most bands would in a lifetime.”

"Ought are very much a product of Montreal’s politically active DIY music scene, and their debut LP is heavily influenced by the charged atmosphere that took over the city during the 2012 “Printemps D’Erable” student strike and mass street protests. Claustrophobic post-punk riffs and frantic stream-of-consciousness ranting reflect the tension and earnest idealism of that historic moment, although Tim Beeler’s lyrics are more poetic than didactic.
Ought’s sound is both familiar and esoteric, often evoking something between Talking Heads and Gang of Four, with nods to first-wave emo bands like Cap’n Jazz. However, unlike many post-punk revival acts, Ought don’t cram those references into a pop-friendly package, instead embracing awkward weirdness and dissonance. Even when they get quiet and contemplative, there’s a raw urgency that keeps the energy visceral."

"[Ought] agitate without resorting to outright assault. They play rock music, though they never do any stereotypical rocking out. And their sound is steeped in classic post-punk, but eschews any bad taste of post-punk revival in the last decade or two... 'More Than Any Other Day' is as much about emotional release as much as it is taking the long way around pop songwriting. You can’t spell “cathartic” without “art.”
BoyCarla Bozulich   CD / 180gLP / DL
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Impossible SpacesSandro Perri  CD / 180gLP / DL
Keep Away the DeadSiskiyou  CD / 180gLP / DL
Future SongsPat Jordache  CD / 180gLP / DL
CluesClues   CD / 180gLP / DL
VillainaireThe Dead Science   CD / 180gLP / DL
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Welcome Crummy MysticsFrankie Sparo   CD / LP / DL
GreySofa         CD / DL

Ought has been burning with a strong and steady flame since flickering to life in Montreal in 2012. Holed up in a shared apartment that doubled as their rehearsal space, the four band members self-recorded a first EP and played their first show in these domestic confines, then busted out into the city's loft circuit, and into the city streets during the Printemps d'Erable Quebec student general strike, in the spring of 2012. These inspired months of mass mobilization against neo-liberal austerity measures galvanized a wide and inspiring range of agit-prop expression in Montreal, and indelibly shaped the emerging sound, vision and social mandate of Ought. Guitarist/vocalist Tim Beeler, who previously had been writing poetry and folk music, drew new energy from electrification/amplification and from solidarity/protest alike; his declarative, observational vocal style ranges from wide-eyed to worried, but never submits to cool irony or emotional detachment.

Ought's earnest, stately and exuberant post-punk is dextrous, deliberate, unfussy and fluid, with debts to Cap’n Jazz, The Feelies, Lungfish, Gang Of Four and early Talking Heads, among many others. The band shifts from sharp angles and stuttering counterpoint to softer edges and chiming flow, with an economy of elements and fidelity to their basic 4-piece constitution. The instrumental interplay is consistently whipsmart, supple and deceptively simple. Beeler's speak-singing can give way to melancholic melodic croons and ragged, desperate yelps, always driven by sincerity of feeling and connection to his subject matter, whether that's the conundrum of our fractured interiority, or communion with others in our fractured social space – or, for the most part, both.

Ought are a righteous and humble young band, fiercely dedicated to grassroots organizing and artmaking, taking as self-evident the inseparability of politics and aesthetics; we are proud and excited to be releasing their debut full-length.

More Than Any Other Day is the result of a week of recording and mixing at Montreal's Hotel2Tango with engineer Radwan Moumneh (Suuns, Matana Roberts, Jerusalem In My Heart) in November 2013; the album replaces the band's previously self-released 5-song Bandcamp EP of the same name, comprised of a separate set of recordings.

Thanks for listening.

Release date: 29 April 2014
Running time: 46:01

Packaging notes
CD comes in a custom gatefold jacket printed on thick 24pt. paperboard with a printed CD dust sleeve. LP is pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl at Optimal (Germany) and comes in a heavyweight jacket with black poly-lined audiophile dust sleeve, credit insert, pull-out art poster and download code for 320 kbps MP3 copy of the album.

1. Pleasant Heart
2. Today, More Than Any Other Day
3. Habit
4. The Weather Song
5. Forgiveness
6. Around Again
7. Clarity!
8. Gemini

Matt May: Keys
Ben Stidworthy: Bass
Tim Keen: Drums, Violin
Tim Beeler: Vocals, Guitar

All songs written 2012-2013 by Ought.

Recorded by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh at the thee ol' Hotel2Tango in Montreal, QC. Mastered by Harris Newman at Greymarket.

Gratitude and love to Don and Ian, the Femmaggots, Loose-Fit, Jean, Joni, Marc, James & everyone else.

Cover photo found atop a dumpster in Montreal by Maya Richman and Martin.
Newspaper collages by AKF.