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"No means yes"

Guelph's Capital Grass and the No-Men are usually Matt Gower, Wayne Coulis, Robin Watson and Allan Fretz. They remind me most of Elliott Brood and The Fembots, and not just because of Matt's banjo. It's folk music with some punk and electric blues flair. At this particular show - put on by i(heart)music - Robin and Allan weren't about. Instead Wayne's brother and former Mouthpiece/Four Frames member Albert handled the drums.

They say a full-length is in the works. I hope so - I got their limited edition EP (No. 8 of 10, so when they say limited, they mean limited) and it's swell.

(Please visit: to see the full article w/ pictures) - National Capital Rock

"Where'd they go?"

"There were a few good options for an evening's entertainment last night, but when it came time to head out the door I went downtown to Club SAW to see a show put on by i(heart)music featuring a couple of bands I hadn't seen before: The Rural Alberta Advantage and Capital Grass and The No Men. Ottawa's own Sarah Hallman provided the icing on the cake.

Readers with sharp memories may recall me wondering in print whatever happened to the 50% of the Four Frames not in Boom Creek, the Coulis brothers. They're now two-thirds of Capital Grass and The No Men, at least for this engagement. Matt Gower is the chap on banjo and vocals.

After viewing my pictures of CG&NM I decided to tinker with my camera's white balance, sucking out most of the yellow. I think you'll agree this photo of Sarah and Brian Simms is something of an improvement ...

Finally, here is two-thirds of the Rural Alberta Advantage; drummer Paul Banwatt is off to the left, but can also be seen behind the kit in my pictures from an early Club SAW show as 50% of Woodhands (who are returning to the area at the Black Sheep Inn Aug. 24, by the way).

This was an excellent show from all three bands. I thought Hallman's performance was particularly fine."

(Please visit: for full article with pictures) - National Capital Rock


Currently no officially released material. MP3's are available for download off our website.



Capital Grass and the No Men are Matt Gower, Wayne Coulis, Jen Hope and Allan Fretz. These 4 gunslingers combine roots music and punk rawk energy to form a sound they like to call "Punktry". If you listen closely to the lyrics, you'll hear songs about fear, love, loss and hope. Main influences include but are not limited to Neko Case, The Sadies and The Black Keys. Hailing from a town in southwestern Ontario known as Guelph, Capital Grass and the No Men have played all across the land with bands such as The Rural Alberta Advantage, Sarah Hallman, The Noble Son, Apples and Boom Creek.