The Notionaries came about in 2014 in downtown Oklahoma City. The band comprises Lamar Fite, Logan Rine, Nick Patrick and Andrew Hise. Their latest Ep, “Brave With Wires”, was released on the 19th of May through the Brickhouse Music Group label.
This EP has barely left my player since I started listening to it. It’s very addicting music. Every song is at least good – and most of them go way beyond that and are truly great. There’s so much good stuff going on musically in “Brave With Wires”, confirming that The Notionaries are not just another alternative rock band. They’ve got a lot of talent!
Upon hearing the opening track “I’ll Wait”, I didn’t think that the next song would be any good at all. This is largely based on the fact that so many bands these days come out with one good song and the rest are pure trash. Wrong! “Royal Ways” was even better than the first track!
From the catchy lyrics to the funky rhythm, melodic music style and thunderous drum rolls, The Notionaries moved up two notches on this track. Not to mention Lamar Fite’s resonating vocals, which are superb throughout.
Lamar Fite, has one of those voices you will clearly recognize and find irresistible. Together with the combination of instrumentation The Notionaries use, their music will get inside your brain and in your soul. The next thing you know you will be chanting “Run and live fast as we can, Throw your clothes and cares behind you, To the wind, Just footprints where you’ve been,” from “Excited Eyes”.
The Notionaries were able to successfully mesh rock grandiosity with sweet synth pads, biting guitar riffs, and catchy pop melodies to create one hell of an EP. “Made Up” is another superb song that may take a minute to grow on you, but once it does you’ll be waving your arms in ecstasy. The chorus sways with beautiful rock simplicity, while the vocals are just brilliant as usual, dominating the whole song.
Seldom does any recording come along where every song is worth listening to repeatedly. “Brave With Wires” is one of those rare exceptions. The Notionaries already have a highly developed sound, especially considering they’ve been going for about a year, and every song screams with it. Not least the final track on the EP, “Bandit”, which to me is also the best song on this recording.
The hauntingly melody with some seriously intoxicating bass lines that you just can’t hold back, lined-up with the polished guitar work and drums that never stop, leads to a song that is just downright classy. Every sound and instrument The Notionaries use, seems to become incandescent. This sound is blissful, delirium-inducing stuff.
The Notionaries are catchy and refreshing from the first time you hear them and they will stick in your ear – permanently!