Not For Lease – Review

Not For LeaseNot For Lease is a hard rock band hailing from close to my original neck of the woods Grand Rapids, MI. The band’s music is all original and quite creative. To put a label on it right away (no Joe, don’t!) I would have to say it’s sort of a mix of early Silverchair meets Primus…and then some.

Not For LeaseĀ 

The guys take me home and have sort of a “Michigander sound”. I can’t really explain what I mean by that but they do, just trust me. Seriously though, growing up in that area of the country I mean that they sort of emulate what I remember people I hung around listened to. Also, as I’ve been receiving hundreds of submissions a month for over 3 years now I’ve realized that different parts of the country have their own sound. Ok, let’s get to the music.

I’m a huge fan of the lo-fi sound that bands like The White Stripes, Jet and others have made popular over the past years. That’s part of what I like about the sound of Not For Lease, I’m just not sure if they’re doing it on purpose. When I first started listening to the band it was the tune “She’s Got A Hemi” which I initially imagined being a country tune, but I was wrong thank God. The sound quality took me some time to adjust to, in particular the drums. They first sounded like they were buried and not recorded well, but as I listened on I got used to it. Also, these guys have some great songs if you can get past the “lo-fi sound.”

Out of all the tunes I listened to for this review, I think the standouts for me are “Will I” and “She’s Got A Hemi” which both show strong songwriting potential for the future of this band. I really do appreciate the rawness of the recordings. I’m curious to know what their recording process is as it sounds really live, raw and in your face! They have a new single “Runaway Train” that was released on April 3, 2019 and it sounds promising from the preview video they released!

I want to know what YOU think about the band Not For Lease. Get in touch on social media and let me know your thoughts. Also, make sure to let the band know you heard their music here first on Indie Music Plus! As always, thank you for reading and continuing to support indie music of all genres from all over the globe!

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