Awesome Irish Band Alert: The Notas

Posted: 20/01/2013 in Uncategorized

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The Notas are a band that my editor in State.ie, Phil Udell, has been raving about for a long time and put me onto – they featured as one of State’s Faces of 2012, and having missed their Camden Crawl Dublin fringe show I FINALLY got to see them live at State’s Midnight Mass just before Christmas – and it was worth the wait.

The Notas were on the bill for the Whelans Ones to Watch festival last weekend, too – drawing a sizeable crowd into the Main Room on Saturday night (with none other than Cathy Davey dancing amongst them) and putting on the best set I saw of the weekend.

The Notas are Maurice Hans (vocals), Princess Siwela (percussion), Paul Morgan (guitar), Mubbashir Ali Sultan (guitar), Alice Jacquier (bass) and Kain Devine (synths). Formed in 2012 and self-described as “six mates making indie music”, the north county Dublin sextet are a veritable melting-pot of cultures including Nigerian, Zimbabwean, Pakistani, French and Irish.

The Notas released their debut EP See You When The Sun’s Out back in September of 2011, and it’s available as a free download via their Bandcamp site – but you can listen to it right here:

Also well worth a listen is their most excellent cover of Ghostpoet’s ‘Cash and Carry Me Home’:

There’s a new release on the way soon – the Rosemary EP will be dropping very soon, and if the title track is anything to go by it’s one to very much look forward to. To tide you over until then, here’s a live video of it from a set in Grand Social from The Notas late last year:

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