NOTS move into a whole new level of potency on their upcoming Cruel Friend / Violence 7″ due out on Goner later this month. “Violence” creepy crawls without guitars in a synthier, stealthier attack. “Cruel Friend” combines excellent riffage with near-Hawkwind levels of linear soarage and soak from the synths, with Natalie Hoffmann’s dominating presence on vocals intact. NOTS deal in speed, aggression and slow-motion menace.
NOTS are still a wild guitar band, but above and below the guitar, bass and drum pound, Alexandra Eastburn’s analog synth blurps melodies and nonsense, teasing squiggles of freedom which defy the false grid of modern life. With Hoffmann on guitar and vocals, Eastburn on synth, Charlotte Watson beating drums, and Meredith Lones steering a solid path through the chaos on bass, NOTS are neither content with the smug “stare at your shoes” approach of bands from both coasts, nor an Earth-hugging “we need to get back to nature” hippie copout.
Photo: Don Perry
Cruel Friend / Violence 7″
June 30, 2017
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“effortlessly poetic and unapologetically punk” – BUST
“epic…every moment…essential” – STEREOGUM
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