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Event Archive - DON'T MISS THIS ONE!: The Love Me Nots, The Laundronauts, The Zap Straps

Thu. November 5th 2009 Lucky Bar (No Minors)
8:00 - 10:30 doors at 7:00
Presented by: Spincycle Records, Lucky Bar
EARLY SHOW! Starts at 8 sharp! Ends at 10:30!!

THE LOVE ME NOTS, reviewed in Blurt Magazine: "Putting a sultry female singer front and center has never been a bad way to get attention for your band, but unless she has the chops to warrant the initial attention, you'll get laughed off the stage. I don't think The Love Me Nots have a thing to worry about. Not only is Nicole Laurenne a dynamic, kinetic lead singer, she does it while banging out one-handed Farfisa riffs and flaunting some go-go dance moves that are obviously too hot for the cage. And since they're doubling down with the equally smoldering Kyle Rose Stokes on bass, I'm surprised there isn't a pheromone beacon that sweeps a hundred mile arc anywhere they have a gig. But make no mistake, despite the mini-skirts and go-go boots, Laurenne and Stokes are not there for window dressing; along with drummer Bob Hoag and guitarist Michael Johnny Walker they are one of the hottest garage retro bands I've seen.

Working with legendary producer Jim Diamond, the Phoenix quartet has released three albums in three years, each tighter and better than the last. The touring set contains a healthy sampling from their catalogue and spotlights seven or eight tracks from the brand new one, Upsidedown Insideout. Reportedly the new album was going have a darker tone, but Diamond's production brought out the bright pop core of the material. Don't confuse bright with lightweight, however; although the stage show is sharp suits and eye candy The Love Me Nots rock ferociously. The Bug Jar is a small room and shows are usually loud, but when they ripped into "Karen (Get Yourself Out)" to open the show it was a virtual gale force wind punching the crowd in the chops. I'm hard pressed to recall the last time a band came out of the chute with such force. But they kept the pace up throughout a sixteen-song set, predominantly 4/4 stompers that at times made the crowd resemble an army of bobble head dolls. By contrast, the lower tempo songs like "You're Really Something" and "Break My Heart" oozed hypnotic sexuality.

Walker is a solid guitarist who doesn't overplay, and when he does take a spirited solo it's usually short, sharp and tasty. Likewise Laurenne adds rhythm and accents on the organ, a whirlwind of bumps and dips and dances in-between the rocking keyboard and the mike stand. Hoag doesn't have the chance to get flashy on the drums because he's powering that locomotive non-stop (when a cymbal stand collapsed from the strain, he simply shifted left and adjusted until the replacement appeared between songs). Stokes is an impressive bassist; fluid without being busy, never losing lockstep with Hoag."

The Laundronauts/Spincyle Records are proud to be hosting their Arizona friends, The Love Me Nots (the last time these bands saw each other was when they toured together in California last fall). Fresh from blowing up the stage at this year's Rifflandia Festival, the 'Nauts are set to do it all over again for this show with The Love Me Nots, with whom they share producer, Jim Diamond (the Detroit legend who also produced The White Stripes, The Romantics, The Von Bondies, The Dirtbombs, and other notables)!

The Zap Straps are one of Victoria's coolest garagerock combos! They have a brand new album and a great live set to go along with it! Holy moly, what a night!!!


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