We Are The Not-Its!

Every parent knows that a lot of kid’s music is practically unlistenable, especially if you happen to be over the age of 5.  My daughter, who happens to fall in the under 5 category, is rather discerning about the music she listens to and even she would much rather groove to something with a more complex and varied composition than most kids songs.  So, what kids’ band does she choose when she’s in the mood to rock?  That would be The Not-Its!, a local Seattle band that’s breaking all the rules and making children’s music not only listenable, but enjoyable.

511APGDv-fL__SL500_AA240_ While we haven’t had a chance to catch the Not-Its! live yet, missing them by mere moments at Seattle’s Bumbershoot last year and again yesterday at their sold out show, we were really excited when their debut album We Are The Not-Its! arrived in the mail a few weeks back.  Since that day we’ve been rocking out to the CD in the car and blasting The Not-Its! tunes via their website when an impromptu dance party happens to break out.   

From sweet and slow to full-on rocking, The Not-Its! are the perfect soundtrack to a short car trip or afternoon playdate, as well as being the perfect go-to mix for kids parties and more.  Some of our favorite tracks include a ditty about camping that we are sure to be singing on our next hike and the much loved and over played “Come Play At Our House”.  The rocking and melodic “When I’m Five” may not make much sense yet to my little one, but she definitely understands a great beat when she hears it and this has quickly become her favorite on the album. 

Thenot_its_highres2 From the opening theme song all the way to the last track, We Are The Not-Its! four part melodies and full band sounds confident and poised and never over-produced.  This can likely be credited to the years of rocking the Not-Its! have done as members of some of Seattle’s coolest and hippest offerings of the 90s, including Velocity Girl and Servo.  Now lending their talents to the kiddie rock genre, The Not-Its! definitely prove that kids’ music doesn’t all have to be simplistic, repetitive and mind-numbing. 

We found that We Are The Not-Its! is 160% more dance-able than the typical kid’s album, 120% more sing-able, and absolutely more relevant to kids and parents alike.  While we’re not math whizzes here at Rave Central, we do know a great album when we hear one and this is definitely going to be a hit at our house for years and years to come.   


And now for the Giveaway…

One lucky Rave and Review reader will win a copy of The Not-Its! debut album We Are The Not-Its!

To Enter: You must visit The Not-Its! website and comment below with something you learned about the band, a song you liked, or something fun on their website!

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On March 9th at 11:59pm PST a winner will be drawn, announced here and notified via email.  Winner will have 48 hours to contact me or a new winner will be chosen.  Giveaway open to US residents.

This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to Susan Varney who won the We Are The Not Its debut CD!

A huge thank you to The Not-Its! for making our dance parties awesome and offering a giveaway to our fabulous readers.  No type of monetary compensation was received for this Rave Review.

61 thoughts on “We Are The Not-Its!”

  1. I love the helicopter song! All their songs are good!
    And when I started playing the music my 2 yr old son stopped getting in to what ever he was getting into and came running to listen. Lol!

  2. Cookie Magazine said “one of most promising debuts of the year” under the Press section of We Are the Not Its! thank you!

  3. Checked out the site, and LOVE the Helicoper song. My son digs it too.
    I also subscribed to your mailing list

  4. Guitarist Danny is a former social worker who worked for 10 years with homeless youth; guitarist Tom is an elementary school teacher for special needs children; and bassist Nori is undergoing training as a yoga therapist.

  5. Well, I LOVE the coloring book pages, but I do not love that all of their live performances are in Washington. That is too far away from us! 🙂
    romancingthestork at gmail dot com

  6. I found out that Lead singer, Sarah Shannon (mother of 2), earned her fame singing with the Sub Pop band Velocity Girl.

  7. I learned that Singer Sarah Shannon was the lead singer 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.

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