Inside one of L.A.’s alternatively underground venues, Non Ultra Plus, the celebration for an eclectic mix of music that rocks. Headliners, Nots, are a Memphis all-female quartet taking their latest release, Cosmetic, straight to the fans. Their hybrid of experimental and psychedelic punk is a burst of energy with little to ponder in between songs. The assault of noise from the opening tracks on the both of their albums, We Are Nots (2014) and Cosmetic (2016), cut right to the chase. These girls don’t have time to waste as they quickly gear up for action and drive a hard bargain for anyone wanting to walk away for a quick pee break. Openers Mark Cone, Side Thing and Die Group were the perfect appetizing groups for the hungry crowd waiting for vicious punk.
Lead vocalist and guitarist, Natalie Hoffmann, rips through songs with ease as the catastrophic notes cause psychosis from the from front row as limbs become jelly and flail around transfixed by the noise. The thunderous pounding on the drums from Charlotte Watson was punishment on the snare while Alexandra Eastburn added gravity to the mix while Meredith Lones’ bass rounded out the corners. The hostility to the Nots’ sound isn’t just an act. Their lyrics fully charged with abrasive anger and frustration as they lay down the law in the depths of L.A.’s music scene. Songs like “Entertain Me” and “Rat King” stand out as anthems for a new generation of DIY all-girl punk bands. Be on the lookout for Nots playing in a venue near you. This band does not disappoint.