In 2007, The Love Me Nots' debut album In Black & White (Atomic A Go Go Records) introduced the world to the band s fuzzy, farfisa-drenched rock, as captured by Detroit producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Romantics). The album went to the CMJ Top 100 within a week of its release, XM Radio listed it in XMU's Top 25 Albums of 2007, and the album received national and international airplay and critical acclaim. Now boasting a new lineup and a tougher, harder-hitting style, The Love Me Nots have unleashed their second album, DETROIT. Again produced by Diamond for Atomic A Go Go Records, DETROIT contains thirteen original tracks full of the raw garage sound of THE LOVE ME NOTS.
DETROIT benefits greatly from producer Jim Diamond's huge, warm analog sound. With this 21st-century update of early, classic American garage rock, the Love Me Nots play music that anyone who loved Question Mark and the Mysterians, Link Wray and the Standells can relate to. Nicole Laurenne's sultry voice, Farfisa organ and go-go boots are front and center, but all the Love Me Nots pull equal weight. Check out Treat Him Good, You're Really Something, or I'm the One to see what they do especially well--midtempo, big-beat, slightly menacing numbers powered by Michael Johnny Walker's fuzzed-out guitar and Laurenne's pumping organ. In a word: rocking. --The Tucson Weekly
Listening to the Love Me Nots brilliant new CD, Detroit, you d never guess that the sharp-dressed band hails from the land of saguaros, cowboy hats and desert rock jangle. But even though they hail from the Valley, their crunching garage rock is, as evidenced by the disc s name, pure Detroit. The band finds inspiration in the city s vast rock n roll heritage from the Stooges and MC5 s booming guitar textures to the White Stripes minimalism and has made Detroit a sort of second home where the Love Me Nots record their records with the legendary Jim Diamond in the producer s converted chicken processing plant. Detroit is loaded with 13 short, blast-furnace tracks (the longest cut on the disc, Treat Him Good, is only 3 minutes, 50 seconds) packed with delicious ear candy choruses, reverb-drenched guitar chords, surfy Farfisa organ runs and distorted guitar riffs, and at the center of it all is singer Nicole Laurenne s husky vocal yowl. --Get Out
The new record keeps the fuzzy, organ-driven garage rock that made its 2007 self-titled debut so much fun. The 13-song Detroit also sounds more confident and quick-paced than last year's effort, relying less on ballads and more on straight-ahead rockers. --Arizona Daily Star