NOMO was conceived in 2003 when University of Michigan jazz studies graduate and multi-instrumentalist Elliot Bergman and some of his acquaintances began jamming at a house in Ann Arbor, MI at which many of them lived. This led to the eventual formation of the group, who recorded their self-titled EP on Ypsilanti Records that same year, after producer Warn Defever dared Bergman to bring as many people as he could to the studio. They released their self-titled debut album in 2004 and eventually captured the interest of Ubiquity Records, the label they currently call home. Their first release for Ubiquity was New Tones which received praise from publications across the globe. Time Out Chicago said “NOMO lay down a pulsing blend of Afrobeat and space-age, Sun Ra-inflected jazz… and take it out into the stratosphere while keeping it solidly rooted in the funk.” The collective spent a few years crafting their follow-up album, Ghost Rock, which expands on the genre-spanning elements contained in New Tones. Dig diversity in your vibes? Then dig the sounds of NOMO.
“World music, jazz, electronica, Afrobeat…I hope that we don’t get marginalized by any of these terms. We are an American band, and in our hearts I think we’re more of a rock band than anything else, but we do love so many different types of music,” says band leader Elliot Bergman. “We have a set of musicians, and we are trying to organize our sounds in a way that represents ourselves. We’re not trying to make a record that sounds like it was recorded in the 70’s and we’re not trying to make anybody think that this was recorded in Nigeria. We’re not trying to fool anybody, and especially not ourselves! This is our music. It is full of life, full of emotion. It’s funky, danceable, weird, heavy, exuberant, angry, joyous and raucous,” he adds.