Nots are back! They’ve unveiled their new single, “Half Painted House” and announced new album, ‘3’ — the Memphis band’s third full-length and their first as a trio. The hypnotic and seductive lead single, “Half Painted House” is “about being stuck in a haze of repetitive cycles while change proves to be both stubborn and elusive. The veneer of what it looks like to be ‘normally functioning’ during these tumultuous times is peeling to reveal a mind struggling to keep from turning against itself,” explains Nots‘ Natalie Hoffmann.
“More interesting” is a classic hard undersell. When Alexandra Eastburn left Nots in 2018, the threat of losing the gnarled texture or her hammering synth progressions resulted in some real growing pains for the band. But once the newly anointed threesome arrived at Bunker Audio in Memphis to record with trusted engineer and friend Andrew McCalla, each member had embraced Nots fresh identity. Rather than abandon the noisy synth attack, Hoffmann instead decided to add another role to her expanding sonic arsenal. After the record began to take form, it felt much more accurate to understand ‘3’ as a different force altogether from its Goner predecessors, ‘Cosmetic’ (2016) and ‘We Are Nots’ (2014).
Themes of lost control and societal division are spread throughout ‘3’. They can be heard not only via Hoffmann‘s reverb-drenched drawl, but also in the sneaky tightness between drummer Charlotte Watsonand bassist Meredith Lones that occasionally (and quickly) devolves into a beautiful, reckless cacophony before shoring back up again (see opener “Low” as excellent proof). Elsewhere, on cuts like “Persona” and “Rational Actor,” Nots explore the loss of reality in performance and just how exhausting it can be to navigate the blurry line between playing an actor and playing human. It’s all pretty heady stuff, no doubt, but because Nots tracked and recorded ‘3’ live — as has been their way with all of their albums — they were also able to infuse it with what Hoffman describes as “an intensity and improvisational energy.”For tour dates and more visit: www.facebook.com/memphisnots/