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Not Scientists – Golden Staples

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What always makes me happy is when I meet touring bands, that I’ve reviewed in the past, again, and we catch up and I maybe get the latest scoop on an upcoming endeavor. Such was the case with Not Scientists, who I had the chance to catch last November at a local gig, and I was delighted when one of their vocalists told me that they’d be releasing a new full-length in early spring of next year…so this year! And here we are now, a few days before the release of Golden Staples and I’m delighted to give you a first impression of it in written form!

It comes as no surprise that the Frenchies stay true to their minutely refined sound; quite the contrary I’m very glad that they do! Since I was a big fan of their mix of melancholic, yet happy-seeming, punk rock from the get go and I couldn’t have imagined anything that would have been a logical, read functioning, extension of it. Especially because, contrary to Mister Malmsteen’s beliefs, sometimes less is more after all.

What I like best about the quartet, is their ability to make you recognize them immediately, yet bring enough variation to the table among the ten songs, to avoid boredom or saturation and even have several eyebrow-raising moments. One of those is the inclusion of, what I think is, a Güiro on the song Sky On Fire; especially because it’s fairly inaudible at first and during the end of the song it really hits you right in the face.

Alongside the gleefully-sad instrumentation, the lyrical themes have also generally stayed the same, with memorable choruses with sing-along qualities that make you smile on one side of your face and shed a tear on the other half. The one thing that has changed is the production of the record: while I commended the choice of a rawer approach on Destroy To Rebuild, I think I like the more polished sound on this one more after all. You are also treated to the longest song the band has written thus far, clocking in at a little under six minutes, and it’s without a doubt the perfect closer to a great album. Fun fact: at thirty-seven minutes, twenty seconds, the new album clocks in at exactly thirteen seconds less than its predecessor.

All in all, Not Scientists might not have changed or evolved a lot, but personally I am a strong defender of the “why change a winning team” philosophy, so I am absolutely satisfied with Golden Staples, and I sincerely hope that you will be too! So, if you’re ever going on a roadtrip, make sure to bring this one along, since it has an opener that will bring a smile to your face, guaranteed! For more information, you can head to the band’s Facebook page and be sure to listen to the song below!
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Not Scientists – Leave Stickers On Our Graves

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Not Scientists is one of those bands that confirms my belief of going to smaller shows, even if you don’t know all, or even any at all, of the bands that are playing that night. I got the chance to see them perform a little intimate gig here in Luxembourg and I was so impressed that I just had to chat up their singer after the show and ask whether they had any material to review. Turns out they do and that’s why I give you: Leave Stickers On Our Graves!

But first, a quick history lesson about the quartet: it features members of Uncommonmenfrommars as well as No Guts No Glory and, if you know those two bands, it won’t be hard to guess that they play punk rock. But it isn’t exactly a copy-paste of those afore-mentioned bands, but rather a more pop punk orientated sound, while still maintaining the punk rock attitude.

The six tracks are generally speaking composed of straight-forward power chords and basic drum patterns, nothing to write home about but enough to bring and keep the mood up. However, there are quite a few intricate drum fills as well as whole parts of songs that just wander into a mix of indie and almost post-rock-like tunes. It adds so much depth to the songs that it’s super easy to listen to this EP on repeat without really getting fed up.

The vocals range from cleans to half-screams and are all in all quite well performed, especially the back up vocals, which are mostly screamed, provide a really nice contrast. The only nitpick here is that I wouldn’t have minded for them to be more prominent during these eighteen minutes…but that’s probably just a personal preference. I must also say that the vocals in general were by far more energetic when they performed live, so I strongly urge you to check the guys out if they ever come near you!

To sum things up, Not Scientists are a really cool (side)project that managed to record a fun little EP that is perfect to put on a, short, road trip and I’m definitely looking forward to a full length! For more information, be sure to check out the band’s Facebook page and give the whole EP a listen below or download it for free!