Not Wonk is yet another band that I hadn't even heard of prior to my trip to Japan, but boy am I glad I know them now. Even though they share a word with the band Wonk Unit, Not Wonk is a completely different type of sound. I'm immediately drawn back to the early 90's in the UK, as Not Wonk remind me of the very best parts of bands like Senseless Things. If you wanted to pop by Canada to name drop The Doughboys as well, I think you could make that argument although Not Wonk certainly favors the sort of atmospheric guitar wail that Senseless things were more know for.
The opening song on this 7" is "This Ordinary." It just rips along with swirling guitar and pounding drums. The vocals soar above it all and it really is such a thick slice of 1991 that I almost can't believe it was released in 2016. Things slow down on "Don't Get Me Wrong." I don't like it quite as much as "This Ordinary," but it's still a nice song with good melodies and backing harmonies.
Rounding out this 7" is "DisOrdinary." It's an alternate version of "This Ordinary" that decreases the tempo and adds even more effects to the guitars. I don't like it as much as the first version, but it's an interesting alternate take. I also picked up an LP by Not Wonk while in Japan that I like even better than this 7" and I'll be writing more about that in the coming weeks.
Not Wonk - "This Ordinary":