Not In The Face: “Downtown Girl”
Over the course of a calendar, KUT features 260 songs of the day from a wide range of artists, each one catching our collective ear. For the last two weeks of the year, we’ll be highlighting the best songs of the day from 2011, featuring big names, new discoveries, Studio 1A exclusives, and some tunes that might have gotten lost in the shuffle in the past twelve months.
Tongue-in-cheek band name aside, Not in the Face makes a serious racket. The Austin duo cranks out catchy, energetic and dynamic Southern-tinged rock that will have you pumping your fist in the air one minute and crying into your beer the next.
Singer/guitarist/songwriter Jonathan Terrell sings of the nightlife’s romantic frustrations with guttural sincerity–like a punk rock Springsteen from the Deep South. Drummer Wes Cargal lays down a thundering rhythm that drives the band’s sound beyond the expected White Stripes/Black Keys comparisons. NITF aims to rock your body with their blistering blues-pop.
“Downtown Girl” is the standout track from the band’s full-length album, Bikini, which saw a release this past summer. The titular love interest “may never go anywhere,” but the band’s hooks will keep you humming.