Nots are Natalie Hoffmann (guitar) Charlotte Watson (drums), Madison Farmer (bass) and Alexandra Eastburn (synthesiser). This grrl band are reminiscent of L7 and Bikini Kill, full throttle, loud and punk, with Eastburns synths bringing something a little different to the table. The Memphis girls are angry, aggressive and ready to shout at you about it.
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They are Nots; we are not. Chanting their fury atop a torrent of no frills punk songs comprised of guitar scuzz, headaching basslines and gloopy synths, Nots create a sound that’s both reproaching and gloriously invigorating. On first take, ‘We Are Nots’ might sound like a pretty simple indie punk record, but it has the noisy dynamism of Ought’s latest record, if it were torn apart and directed right at your gut. Implementing keyboards like they’re being strummed and smashed up like guitars, they hold together hooks over the top of little bouts of chaos.
At choice moments, Nots give into the fractures: the tailend of “Reactor” plays fast and loose with tempo while letting guitars excavate like archeologists at a dig -- the synths swirl around like a wobbling, slow-mo version of the song is happening concurrently. Straight afterwards, the trio dive back into their strict rhythmic plan of action, a bassline driving everything towards the center of the punx universe with a little help from a pissed joint vocal. “Static” uses the kind of simple but brilliantly navigated bassline Shopping use (via ESG) to get things moving.
Ultimately, this record is a total jam -- and my ears are trying to separate and examine the noises, but my feet are just moving, ‘cause they know how to enjoy ramshackle anthems.
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