Ought came together in Montreal as a band of expatriates initially attracted by sense-sharpening Canadian winters and university tuition that doesn't cost $40k a year. The city's cultural scene – especially its independent music ethos and galvanizing radical politics – was the underlying attractor, however, and one they jumped right into. Guitarist and vocalist Tim Beeler Darcy, originally a folk musician hailing from New Hampshire, fell in with New Jersey native Matt May (keyboards) and Australian émigré Tim Keen (drums, violin) – the three of them began sharing an apartment that doubled as practice space, where they were soon joined by Portland OR transplant Ben Stidworthy on bass. OUGHT played its first show and recorded its first EP in the apartment's largest bedroom, in the summer of 2012.
FR Ces quatre expats se sont rencontrés, aimés et mis ensemble pour former Ought à Montréal, comme un écho aux manifs étudiantes de 2012. C’est dans leur appartement (et dans l’urgence) qu’ils enregistrent leur premier EP. L’excellent premier album More Than Any Other Day, paru en 2014, s’illustre par la voix cynique de son chanteur Tim Beeler éructant des textes qu’on croirait un enchaînement de questionnements sans réponses. La musique, elle, est un parfait mariage entre exigence art rock et irrévérence post-punk.