Ought (band)

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Ought Band Press Photo 2015.jpg
Ought, 2015
Background information
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Years active2011–present
LabelsConstellation Records, Merge Records
Associated actsChoir! Choir! Choir!
  • Tim Darcy
  • Matt May
  • Ben Stidworthy
  • Tim Keen

Ought is a post-punk band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The band consists of Tim Darcy (vocals, guitar), Ben Stidworthy (bass), Matt May (keyboards) and Tim Keen (drums).


Ought formed in 2011 when its members began living together in a communal band practice space and recorded their earliest material. Their debut EP, New Calm, was released in 2012. After signing with Constellation Records, they released a full-length, More than Any Other Day, in 2014. The album achieved critical acclaim, including a Best New Music accolade from Pitchfork Media.[1] It was noted in numerous year-end lists for 2014 including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Drowned In Sound, Loud and Quiet, Exclaim!, Crack Magazine, and Paste. The album reached #20 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart in the United States.[2]

In October 2014, the band released Once More with Feeling, an EP featuring B-sides from More Than Any Other Day and re-recordings of earlier songs. Sun Coming Down, the band's second full-length album, was released in September 2015.[3]

The band worked with French producer Nicolas Vernhes on their third studio album, Room Inside the World, which was released February 16, 2018.[4]

Side projects[edit]

Lead singer Tim Darcy released his debut solo album, Saturday Night, in 2017.[5]


  • Tim Darcy – guitars, vocals
  • Matt May – keyboards
  • Ben Stidworthy – bass
  • Tim Keen – drums, violin


Studio albums


  • New Calm (self-released, 2012)
  • Once More With Feeling EP (Constellation Records, 2014)
  • Four Desires (Merge Records, 2018)


  1. ^ "Ought: More Than Any Other Day Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  2. ^ Ought Awards, Allmusic
  3. ^ "Album Review: Ought – Sun Coming Down". 24 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Room Inside the World - Ought | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  5. ^ "Tim Darcy: Saturday Night Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
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