Cosmetic fearlessly attacks the rough edges between desire, deceit, appearance and reality. The inevitable immersion in the constant news about the U.S. election was a huge influence for lyricist Natalie Hoffmann. Nots’ strenuous tour schedule and long drives pushed her to continuously write down reactions to life – good, bad and evil – along with the constant and “incredibly horrifying” flow of hate mongering and violence taking place.
Photo: Don Perry
NOTS have arrived at the next level of their attack with a confidence and a music that lays waste to the wasteland without romantic attachment to a thing. 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. Cosmetic? Emetic? “Monotone Lust” indeed. 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.
In support of Cosmetic, NOTS announce a full North American tour. Highlights include Chicago’s Riot Fest, Memphis’ Gonerfest, NYC, LA, SF and more – full list here:
NOTS LIVE DATES:
9/17: Riot Fest – Chicago, IL
9/23: Resident DTLA – Los Angeles, CA
9/24: Stinky’s al Fresco – San Francisco, CA
9/29: Gonerfest – Memphis, TN
10/1: Project Pabst Atlanta – Atlanta, GA
10/5: JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN
10/6: Duke Coffeehouse – Durham, NC
10/7: Comet Ping Pong – Washington, D.C.
10/11: Baby’s All Right – Brooklyn, NY
10/12: Everybody Hits – Philadelphia, PA
10/13: TBA – Boston, MA
10/14: Casa Del Popolo – Montreal, QC
10/15: Not Dead Yet Fest – Toronto, ON
10/16: Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
10/18: Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH
10/19: Marble Bar – Detroit, MI
10/20: Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
10/21: Riverwest Public House – Milwaukee, WI
10/22: The Eagles 34 Club – Minneapolis, MN
10/23: The Mill – Iowa City, IA
10/24: Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO
Album Artwork: Natalie Hoffman
September 9, 2016
1 – Blank Reflection
2 – Rat King
3 – Cold Line
4 – New Structures
5 – Cosmetic
6 – No Novelty
7 – Inherently Low
8 – Fluorescent Sunset
9 – Entertain Me
Cosmetic was recorded with Keith Cooper and Andrew McCalla in Memphis.
Mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering.
Natalie Hoffman – Guitar / Vocals
Alexandra Eastburn – Synth
Charlotte Watson – Drums
Meredith Lones – Bass
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