Cola Ought Montreal band

Ought announce their break-up and comeback as Cola with new single

Listen to “Blank Curtain” and see details about the new band’s upcoming Montreal show.

Montreal band Ought released three albums and as many EPs between 2012 and 2018, earning some significant buzz locally and internationally. Today the announcement came that the band is technically breaking up, though two of its three members are continuing as Cola. The band will make their live debut at la Sala Rossa this Saturday, Nov. 6.

“We are no longer active as a band. When we started Ought in 2012 we had no greater aspirations than to play and write music together, and the fact that we were able to tour the world to such an extent and share so many rooms with so many of you has meant the world to us.  We send lots of gratitude and love to all those we met and worked with along the way.

“Going forward, you can check out Cola, a new project featuring Tim D. and Ben. We’ll keep this channel active to share any relevant news from members of the band. — XO”


Cola, now signed to Next Door Records, features Ought members Tim Darcy and Ben Stidworthy alongside U.S. Girls drummer Evan Cartwright. And with today’s announcement came a new single, “Blank Curtain.”

“What started as stripped-down open D songwriting with a CR-78 soon became a full album and new band. We wanted to see how far we could stretch our compositions with just drums, one guitar, one bass, and one voice.

“‘Blank Curtain’ is a quarter note kick drum pushing 240 bpm, a drone-like chord progression, and declarative vocals cutting through the haze. If you could invert the color of the ‘Blank Curtain’, you might have something like a Chicago house track that sounds like a band in a room.”


Ought announce their break-up, comeback as Cola and new single “Blank Curtain”

Cola play la Sala Rossa (4848 St-Laurent) on Saturday, Nov. 6, doors 7:30 p.m., $17.85. For more, please visit the band’s Bandcamp page.

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