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Early on in the history of Gnod, one blog reported that this mysterious Mancunian collective took their name from an acronym abbreviating "Global Network Of Dreams." But the band themselves wasted little time dispelling this rumor. "Feel like we should point out that that's not where we got our name," they clarified. "If Gnod stands for anything, it stands for the universal god of fuck all."

Since forming in 2006, Gnod has always struggled free of any attempts to pigeonhole or label them, exceeding and warping expectations at every turn in a ceaseless mission to create and confront. No sooner had they carved out a reputation with fans of psychedelic rock and drone by virtue of mind-flaying records like 2010's White Hills-collaboration Gnod Drop Out With White Hills II and the fiery two-volume Chaudelande (2011-2012) than they chose to dispense with guitars and drums altogether and pursue an uncompromising electronic setup, with scant care for anyone who was confused or alienated in the process, and with less regard for escaping an overcrowded and limited scene than simply doing whatever they pleased. Yet once 2015's sprawling Infinity Machines made its presence felt, Gnod were suddenly stripped back to a tight, angular rock outfit for the following year's harsh and politically charged Mirror, wherein garage-band intensity and dub abstraction intertwined.

Yet even while transforming their own sound and output faster than almost anyone outside of their inner circle can easily understand, Gnod have never strayed far from a central vision, with a fierce countercultural drive, an anarchic spirit, and a visionary hunger for expression fueling a prodigious work-rate from an ever-evolving line-up. While Paddy Shine, Chris Haslam, and Marlene Ribeiro have been present at every stage of the journey, a total of nearly 50 musicians have been a part of the collective along the way, unified by its psychic charge and open-minded, inclusive, yet uncompromising approach.

A crucial watermark in the band's life came when they moved into the Islington Mill, an arts space and venue in Salford, England. The ethos of the space soon became simpatico with the collective's outlook; indeed, soon thereafter the band founded Tesla Tapes, a label with which they release solo and collaborative work. A relentless focus on collaboration has also seen Gnod work with everyone from Charles Hayward to author John Doran, Radar Men From The Moon, and Surgeon. Their touring schedule has been unforgiving and formidable, alongside festival work and commissions too numerous and illustrious to list, with the collective as comfortable working on a soundtrack for Jodorowsky's unmade version of Dune at the Cork Film Festival as embarking on a program as artists-in-residence at the 2017 Roadburn festival.

With the April 2017 release of what is arguably the band's most singular and startling album, Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine, the ire and idealism of this unique outfit have never burned brighter. Call them the most consciousness-expanding punk rock band in the world, or the most monochrome and nihilistic psychedelic one -- call them what you like in fact, but Gnod will remain everything you can imagine, yet nothing more than those four letters.
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