Memphis powerhouse, Nots, unveil new single “Floating Hand” today. Their latest conceptualizes the idea of being a constant actor, a constant persona in order to adapt and losing reality in the performance. Natalie Hoffmann explains, “The lines between the two are continuously blurred… not a judgement on this fact, since this is part of being a human, but more just a recognizing of it and of how exhausting and confusing it can be.”


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. 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.”

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).

3‘ is a dark, unpredictable, raucous, liberating, and bold tour de force of a third record — leaving their strongest impression that hints the best is still yet to come. It sees its release May 10 on Goner Records.



May 10, 2019

Goner Records

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1 – Low

2 – Woman Alone

3 – Floating Hand

4 – In Glass

5 – Persona

6 – Half Painted House

7 – Rational Actor

8 – Far Reaching Shadows

9 – Surveillance Veil

10 – Built Environment

Nots Live Dates: 

5/25 – Memphis, TN – B-Side Bar (Album Release Show)

6/01: Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Punk Rock Flea Market

6/07 – 6/09: Nelsonville, OH – Nelsonville Music Festival

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