Memphis’ Nots return to the fold to slap a little more post-punk into an already teeming 2019. The first track off of their upcoming 3 is a tense and taut affair, but unlike many of their peers its not brittle or bouncy in any regard. The band excels at injecting something of a pillowy anxiety into their music – dragging lines down both the shoegaze and post-punk playbooks without committing fully to either one. Bass and snare hammer at the base of the skull while those keys just fill the mind with smoke and Sulphur. The lights seem to flicker and dim in response to the track, charging the air with static, while the walls confusingly sweat with condensation and the lungs fill with humidity to the point of choking. The song’s a conduit of contradiction.
If “Half Painted House” is any indication of where the band is headed on the album, then this threatens to up the expectations on Nots exponentially. This is definitely Nots at their bitten best. The record lands May 10th on Goner.
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