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Album Review: Not Inpublic | Not Inpublic

Artist: Not Inpublic

Album: Not Inpublic

Released: 2015

Hometown: Surrey, British Columbia

If you’re not listening to Not Inpublic’s album Not Inpublic IN public, you’re missing out. The Surrey-bred band’s self titled album, released November 11, 2015, consists of 8 songs ranging from scorned lover to rubbing lotion on the skin vibes. Giving reminiscent notes of early punk, Not Inpublic succeeds in enacting the same feelings the genre instilled in any angsty teens; unexplained vexation and an appreciation for the frantically working hands of musicians. The band is composed of three members, Mike Inkster, Ryan Neys and Kyle Richardson.

“Dead to Me” delivers somewhat of a villainous-feeling performance. Not taking a break from the melody, minus a small interception for Richardson to whisper just how dead this person really is to him, it overlays repetitive screeching guitar action on top of a simple drumming sequence resulting in a sound that you’d probably find an evil scientist jamming out to in his lair. It’s dark, it’s simple, and it’s downright mean.

The record gives a sound of familiarity in a genre we’re not getting tired of anytime soon. It encompasses feelings of anger and frustration while also giving you the sentiment that these really aren’t terrible emotions to feel. “House on Fire,” a song that features a music video showing just how sorry you’ll be if you cheat on your lover, has an animalistic vocal styling paired with a sing-song guitar solo in the middle that will give you chills. While delivering your suggested serving of head banging (which is something we should all get a healthy dose of) the album serves as a reminder that music doesn’t have to always be groundbreaking. These men have hit a sweet spot of people that just want to have a good time and not be by pummelled by a 10 minute guitar solo just because. The album is about the appreciation of a classic sound by a new set of classic rockers.


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