‘Rosemary’ stands tall in the North County Dublin band The Notas‘ recent live sets. Underpinned by a glimmer of keys, the track unfurls in gentle indie atmospherics with Maurice Hans’ yearning vocals providing the drama. The song is taken from the band’s second EP Creatures of The Night out next month.
The Notas are taking their time. Good to see. They number six members and are from Ireland, Pakistan, Nigeria, France and Zimbabwe. Also, their drummer is called Princess. Cool? Cool. Limited free download too. Previously.
Numbering six-strong, the Balbriggan / Skerries band The Notas are the latest in the new generation of bands who are just getting on with the business of making good music and it shows on their debut song ‘Lights Fade Away’, the lead-track on their freely released See You When The Sun’s Out EP. The song showcases an accomplished arrangement with spatial guitar lines, harmonies and a bedrock of subtle bass and drums. They’ve been compared to dance-indie heavyweights Foals but I hear much more of the “heavy pop” styles of Wu Lyf in them, albeit distinctly more positive.
The See You When The Sun’s Out EP was recorded with Dave McCune after they won a battle of the bands (bless). The band are Maurice Hans (Vocals), Princess Siwela (Drums/Percussion), Paul Morgan (Guitar), Ali Sultan (Guitar), Alice Jacquier (Bass) and Kain Devine (Synthesizer).