Thursday, September 20, 2018

Music Minute: The Not-Its! - Ready or Not!

I had a chance to review a new collection of rocking original tunes from The Not-Its! Whether they are dealing with the challenge of curriculum night at school, or a runaway bike, or getting buried in the tangled mess of lies, the 12 songs on Ready or Not! present a multi-layered sonic exploration of the adventure of childhood. Ready or Not! will be available on September 21 (Burnside Distribution). Digital pre-orders are available now via Bandcamp, and CD pre-orders are available from

The group has great harmonies, and an energetic, kid-friendly sound. The lyrics are still good for adults, and the group definitely has talent, so they were fun to listen to as a parent too.

“We’re really proud of this album,” says Adamson. “We spent a lot of time in the studio with Martin, crafting these songs. Among all of us, there were a lot of great ideas floating around. One of the things we pride ourselves in, especially on Ready Or Not!, are the small details on the album. Not only is the album fun and imaginative, but it also has the cool drum fill or the perfect pick slide that the music snob indie rocker in all of us can appreciate.”

The Not-Its! debuted the new songs from Ready or Not! at the Sub-Pop SPF/30 music festival in Seattle on August 11th and at Madison Square Park in NYC on August 15th. In addition to their Seattle and NYC shows, they are planning several more performances to celebrate the album release this fall.

More about The Not-Its!

For at least a decade, The Not-Its! have rocked kids and families with their up-tempo albums and high-jumping live concerts that give children their first "rock show" experience. With the release of Ready Or Not!, this Seattle kindie rock quintet plan to bring children and their parents to their feet screaming for more, the moment they hit the dance floor.

The Not-Its! can boast of real-life parenting experiences and accomplished musical backgrounds. Shannon was lead vocalist of lauded ‘90s indie-pop band Velocity Girl (on Seattle's Sub Pop label) and has since recorded two solo albums under her own name. Rhythm guitarist Adamson has been a punk rocker and social worker involved for more than a decade with homeless youth—today he’s also a busy Seattle Realtor. Welke (drums), a former member of Harvey Danger, is  currently working as a designer (his home was recently featured on HGTV). Guitarist Baisden is also a rock musician as well as an elementary school teacher for special needs children. Helman (bass) is an HR professional during the week. All together, this tight-knit band has 10 kids who often handle the “merch” table and perform onstage.

For real-time interactions, fans may join The Not-Its! Nation on Facebook and Twitter.

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