New Noise Magazine is pleased to be bringing forth the exclusive premiere of “Astoria Jack” by Not Of. The track is from the group’s sophomore LP, Hypocritic Oath, out July 20 via No List Records. The track is fuzzed out to the next level thanks to the guitars, with the raspy voice of the vocals cutting through with plenty of poise. With a loud presence, this track is sure to take today to a new height. The track dives into hypnotic territory during its instrumental break, swelling with plenty of fiery solos and a kickass groove. Take a listen below!
“A funny thing happened while we were working on Hypocritic Oath. In the post-release amphetamine rush of our 2015 debut, Pique, a flurry of writing occurred, leading to an August 2015 session that was going to be our quick strike follow-up. Except that one studio session, turned into two. Then three, then four. And five. The writing never really stopped. And with each gig, we—and the possibilities of what was to come—kept evolving. Eventually, frustration turned to acceptance, even excitement. Choosing to listen to what these experiences were teaching us, we returned to our original philosophy—let the record tell you when it’s done, not the other way around. One of the later emerging tunes was this one, ‘Astoria Jack.’ Its central riff was stolen from an earlier song for this LP that we wisely jettisoned (but a demo of which makes a fleeting appearance in one of Oath’s sound collages). Its surprisingly tricky syncopation is what led to the record’s only real vocal splitting between John and Victor (and which it’s all the better for). Speaking of which, its lyrics are some of the more consequential on the LP, but really they all boil down to the chorus: “It feels so good to save you”. We ignore a lot when we appoint ourselves saviours of others.”
John Ex: gtr/vox
Victor Malang: drms/vox
Somewhere around 2012—after years in a self-imposed wilderness of being an adult—John Ex called his friend Victor Malang and said, “Let’s you and I form a band.” This was going to a simple affair. A duo. A guitarist and a drummer, with volume turned to ‘bleed’, phasers set to ‘stun’, and every guitar pedal under the sun…except for maybe an actual phaser.
Photo by Mitch Barnes