The now legendary Noothgrush, from the Bay area, was berthed in the spring of 1994 by founding members Gary Niederhoff on Bass and Chiyo Nukaga on drums. Over the next year, the band had various other members including Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Repulsion) on 2nd guitar. It wasn't until guitarist Russ Kent joined in early 1995 that the classic Noothgrush lineup was complete! The band played 145 shows, toured the U.S. and Quebec for 7 weeks, did numerous west coast, southwest tours with various bands such as corrupted, Seized, isigoth, Dystopia, Hellchild, and Black Army Jacket...to name a few. They played the legendary Fiesta Grande Festival three times and most often at the infamous 924 Gilman St. club in Berkeley, CA. Over the years, they also played with many great bands such as Grief, Man is the Bastard, Suffocation, Burning Witch, Grave, His Hero is Gone, High on Fire, Weakling, Asunder, etc. Noothgrush was well known for their consistently bludgeoning assault, played at slow as boiling tar tempos.
Their influence can be heard in many modern heavy doom/sludge bands like Zoroaster, Thou, Unearthly Trance, etc. Noothgrush ceased to exist in 2001, as the band sought to develop new material and not be forced to perform the old repertoire. Unfortunately, involvement with other bands, jobs, etc. kept Noothgrush from developing. Live For Nothing is a compilation of two live on the radio broadcasts the band did in the 90s. One, from KZSU in 1996, the other from KFJC in 1999. Both recordings are a precise document of the powerful group in their prime. The tracks were mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise guitarist) and breathe black fumes of toxins once again.