The Notas are one Ireland brightest up and coming acts. Formed in 2010 and numbering 6 strong the band are made up of several different cultures including Nigerian, Zimbabwean, Pakistani, French and Irish. They released their second ep in April entitled Creatures Of The Night.
Creatures of the night is a nicely polished sample of The Notas style and diversity of sound while mainly falling into a similar sound to the likes of Foals, The XX, Klaxons or Bloc Party. Loud Indie Pop with influence from electro and R’N'B. The opening track of the ep Cultured Vultures has a lead guitar line which just hooks you in instantly before the drums and bass kick in to instantly start you stomping, before the track seems to almost start again with the same effect. A definitive single for the band capturing all the rock/pop style they have and hinting at the further excursions into electro. The rasping vocals of the chorus driving the energy in the song home. I recently caught them live at The Globe as part of The Meteor Camden Crawl Dublin, they deliver their live show with plenty of energy and a crowded stage as the six swap around instruments for different songs. A highlight of the live show and the ep is the track Masquerade starting off with a nice mellow guitar until the drums kick in with a slightly military march feel. The song kicks up huge in the chorus with a highly effective chant giving a very sudden quiet and loud variation which works so well live.
The Notas headline The Workmans Club on the 29th May.
Definitely one to catch live if you get a chance, watch this space.