Slow songs are overrated. Any band that says they’re punk but then tries to sneak in a “slow” song — imposters. Stick with the real thing.
If you’re looking for that authenticity, that brazen punk, Nots have it.
There’s a bold intensity to the quartet’s latest, “We Are Nots,” — a passion fueled by youth’s abandon and bravery. That lack of fear is what drives young music and ideas, and what keeps real punk music alive.
If you listen to “Dust Red” from the band’s earlier 7”— their sound was even more garage and muffled in its darkness and desolateness. It’s good to hear that with this full-length debut, they’ve been polished up a bit from that extreme lo-fi scuzz-dust.
With the blazing opener, “Insect Eyes,” they’ve already announced their signature sound, although they sometimes veer off with indie-rock bass melodies as on “Strange Rage.”
Besides strong showings by bassist Madison Farmer and guitarist Natalie Hoffmann, Charlotte Watson’s drumming is delivered machine-gun style, and Alexandra Eastburn’s synth keeps up that creature-feature blackness that gets stuffed into your head with a pneumatic drill.
The bonus on “We Are Nots” is that they’re mostly full-length songs– most are more than 2 minutes. “Reactor” is nearly 4 minutes—eons for a punk song, but no worries—it’s not overdone, just damn fun.
It’s so refreshing to hear four Memphis women blasting up such a hardcore sound from the underground. It’s like a breath of fresh air— heavy, strong, rank air, laden with sex and sweat, that you just can’t get enough of.
“We Are Nots” was out Nov. 11 on Goner Records.