This is one of a handful of LPs that I bought in Japan. While I always want to buy vinyl, the fact of the matter is that most of the Japanese albums that I wanted to pick up were only released on CD. Hey, it beats cassettes, but it still is most rewarding to be able to find something on vinyl.
I picked up Not Wonk based on a description in the Waterslide records distro. In it, Not Wonk is compared to Senseless Things and Mega City Four. These are very apt comparisons and after spending some time with this record myself, I echo those feelings. The way that the vocals melodies build around the light guitar work in the verse of "Chill Out," only to come bashing through full force in the chorus is very reminiscent of the early 90's UK sound. Throughout the album Not Wonk shows the same sort of mastery of their sound, always knowing when things need to be a bit quieter, but also knowing when it's time to get things loud and fuzzy.
In particular, the vocals on this album are very strong. They mesh so well with this type of music and really make Not Wonk stand out. I dug this record so much, I ended up mailordering the band's follow up (also on wax, thankfully), so I'll be reviewing that one in a few weeks as well. If it's half as good as Laughing Nerds And A Wallflower, it'll be a hell of a record.
Not Wonk - "Laughing Nerds And A Wallflower":
Not Wonk - "Little Magic":
Not Wonk - "Chill Out" (This is a live version, but it's all I could find. Great song.):