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The Nation Of Ulysses - Hardcore Punk from United States - Biography & Full Album Download MP3


The Nation Of Ulysses


Hardcore Punk Band from United States formed in 1988

The Nation of Ulysess ("N.O.U." for short) was first formed as a quartet in 1988 under the name Ulysses. The members were Ian Svenonius (vocals/trumpet), Stever Kroner (guitar), Steve Gamboa (bass), and James Canty (drums). Second guitarist Tim Green joined near the end of 1989 and the group altered their name to "The Nation of Ulysses".

N.O.U. presented themselves as a radical political party instead of a rock band. They renamed the home they shared "The Embassey" and published a 'zine called "Ulysses Speaks" to expand upon their philosophies and ideals, which included the destruction of America and "Parent Culture", aligning themselves with radical political movements, fake time-lines of supposed N.O.U. terrorist activities, calling for the consumption of large amounts of sugar and caffeine, succession from the United States, and the idea that no one involved with the N.O.U. would ever age past 18. The liner notes of the band's releases also reflected these sentiments. Just how serious all this was has long been a matter of debate, although political rhetoric has continued to be a part of Ian Svenonius's post-N.O.U. work.

The band's sound incorporated elements of punk, hardcore, soul, jazz, and noise. Presentation was also key to the band's identity, as the group would appear live in matching clothes or suits (dressing well was another key tenant of the N.O.U. philosophy).

N.O.U. would record two 7"s and two LPs for Dischord Records (the first 7" was a split release with K Records) during their lifespan and during that time would rank second only to Fugazi in terms of popularity amongst the label's bands. Steve Kroner departed following the recording of the 2nd LP. The group began working on a 3rd LP as a quartet but after Tim Green quit in late 1992, the group dissolved. Svenonius, Gamboa, and Canty continued on with the short-lived Cupid Car Club and then The Make-Up. Tim Green relocated to the West Coast and worked as a producer and performer with a number of acts.
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Band Members :   Steve Gamboa, James Canty, Ian Svenonius, Tim Green, Steve Kroner




- Biography -

5 albums

Nation Of Ulysses - The Embassy Tapes

The Embassy Tapes

2000 - United States
Punk, Hardcore
Vinyl LP10 Tracks
Dischord Records


Nation Of Ulysses - Plays Pretty For Baby

Plays Pretty For Baby

1992 - United States
Art Rock, Alternative Rock, Post-Hardcore
Vinyl LP13 Tracks
Dischord Records


Nation Of Ulysses - The Birth Of The Ulysses Aesthetic (The Synthesis Of Speed And Transformation)

The Birth Of The Ulysses Aesthetic (The Synthesis Of Speed And Transformation)

1991 - United States
Hardcore, Garage Rock
Vinyl 7"3 Tracks
Dischord Records


Nation Of Ulysses - 13-Point Program To Destroy America

13-Point Program To Destroy America

1991 - United States
Post-Hardcore, Alternative Rock
Vinyl LP13 Tracks
Dischord Records


Nation Of Ulysses - The Nation Of Ulysses

The Nation Of Ulysses

1990 - United States
Art Rock, Post Rock
Vinyl 7"3 Tracks
Dischord Records




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