Memphis band Nots, fronted by former Ex-Cult bassist Natalie Hoffman, are in town tonight, playing a free gig at Logan Square late-night spot the Owl. On last year’s We Are Nots (Goner)—without a doubt one of 2014’s tastiest slabs—the four-piece tore through simple, raw punk rock, cutting to the point with short bursts of bratty aggression. But on their new Goner Records single, “Virgin Mary,” their synth-punk tendencies step to the forefront. Riding on a pounding, repetitive rhythm, the sci-fi synthesizer is the key player on this track, it’s bad vibes and paranoia taking over your headspace and dragging you down into a pit of anxiety. Nots are a fury live, and to be missed out, so make check this show out—it’s just another addition to the Owl’s constantly excellent weirdo-rock programming. Things get started at 10 PM, and local noise-punk trio Running open things up.
Check out “Virgin Mary” below.