Three deep into their LP output but clearly keeping their edge-of-your-seat urgency, running at it like a band straight from the gate, gripping the urgency from go to whoa, trimmed down to a trio, punk-rock power punching along like a pissed-off kid on a pogo stick pounding across the pavement, rhythm right in your face, delivered with drum kit and guitars, a sense of menace throughout like when the tornado watch turns to a warning, lost their keyboardist but still electronic sounds ringing out, never boring, first studio album since 2017.
AllMusic Review byMark Deming: "Notswere a quartet on their first two albums, 2014'sWe Are Notsand 2016'sCosmetic, but after keyboard playerAlexandra Eastburndropped out of the lineup, guitarist and vocalistNatalie Hoffmann, bassistMeredith Lones, and drummerCharlotte Watson opted not to replace her.Nots' 2019 album3sounds leaner and less aggressively dissonant than their earlier work, but it sure doesn't feel like they've tamed themselves. If anything,Hoffman's guitar work is harder and more primal here, as if she's hoping to compensate for the absent screech ofEastburn's keys, and the clouds of electronic noise and billows of feedback that float through the songs confirm that this band's commitment to skronk remains strong. ThoughHoffman's vocals still hover somewhere between petulance and boredom, this time out she puts a force and bite into her delivery that brings the material across with greater impact. AndMeredith LonesandCharlotte Watsonare an impressively powerful rhythm section, with the unrelenting pulse ofLones' bass and the metronomic crack ofWatson's drums adding energy and texture as well as a solid foundation for the melodies.Notslike to describe themselves as a "weird punk" band, and the key to3is that the group might be less noisy, but ultimately they're no less weird, and if the album sounds like they're still making sense of their new configuration, their eyes are still on the buzzy prize, and this is a great, challenging, off-center rock album.