Ever the fan of the ultimate mod garage rockers, I was more than eager to add to my stack of The Love Me Nots’ vinyls at the band’s May 14th record release this year. After the red/black Upsidedown Insideout and the creamy Detroit, I was stuck by the vibrant orange record aching for a needle to set it loose.
If the color of the album didn’t tip me off to the entirely new awakening I was about to undergo listening to The Demon and the Devotee, the first track smacked me with the realization that this was going to be no ordinary auditory adventure.
“The End of the Line” is a passionate launching pad into The Love Me Nots’ most fervent and emotive recording to date. In the very first line, the band asserts that the end is always impending. After all, “it could happen tomorrow.” Perhaps it’s because my father was a mortician that I’ve always believed that once you know the end is right here can you begin to see what you really have: possibilities. Understand that everything can stop at any moment and you understand that regret is worse than failure. That’ll put the fight in you.
The album is a mix of hard-hitting pop, grit, 60s spy music, and rampant sexuality. From Michael Johnny Walker’s ferocity barely contained in the six-strings his guitar offers to Jay Lien’s unmitigated drumming, the boys of The Love Me Nots have a casual adroitness to their playing that makes their precision seem effortless.
And I can imagine it would be difficult to draw the audience’s attention away from vocalist/organist Nicole Laurenne and bassist Kyle Rose Stokes. Adept musicians frequently have an air of desire surrounding their performances but these provocative women offstage get downright libidinous when rocking out. Especially on tracks like “I’m Gonna Be Your Girl” or “He Doesn’t Share Well,” the lyrics can put the steam on glass all on their own. With The Love Me Nots ladies, their capabilities as musicians increase the depth of adoration felt by fans.
The Love Me Nots have always had vicious style paired with substance but The Demon and the Devotee brings the band to a new level of artistry in their chosen craft. Already the album is gaining some national attention and, being as fabulous as it is, this could translate to a plethora of new possibilities for The Love Me Nots.
If you don’t have your own slick vinyl copy of the Love Me Nots’ latest rush out today for The Demon and the Devotee at your favorite local record store. Keep an eye out for live performances by the band as well. Their virtually unmatched fury on stage will leave you bothered and wanting more.
Some bands just get it. I’m not exactly sure what it is but I know it when I see it and The Love Me Nots have it all over them. The Demon and the Devotee, the highly-anticipated album from one of the best bands to share Arizona desert roots, takes the Love Me Nots to a whole new level of fiercely cool rocknroll.