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The Love Me Nots

  • Hometown: Phoenix, AZ. US
  • Genres: fuzz-and-farfisa, rocknroll
  • Members: Nicole Laurenne, Michael Johnny Walker, Sophie O, Jay Lien


The Love Me Nots formed in summer 2006, originally as a side project for its members’ other bands. The band was heavily influenced by bands like the Animals, the Ventures, the Sonics, the Gun Club, the Dead Kennedys, the Seeds, the Detroit Cobras, April March and the White Stripes, as well as ’60s R&B. The Love Me Nots dubbed their sound “spy-surf-fuzz-gogo” and posted a scratchy rehearsal recording on Myspace.com in June 2006. Within weeks the tracks were being aired on independent U.S. and U.K. radio stations.

The band traveled to Detroit in September 2006 to record their debut album. Five days later, they returned with 12 finished tracks and again posted them on Myspace.com. The tracks received over 1,000 plays that very day. The band was soon booked at venues all around the Southwest.

In Black & White, the band’s debut album, was released on the band’s own label, Atomic A Go Go Records, in January 2007. Within a week of its release, the album went to the CMJ Top 100 chart and spent ten weeks on the charts, with regular airplay on satellite radio (including Sirius’s Underground Garage channel and XM Radio’s XMU station), college and specialty commercial radio, European and British garage-rock radio shows, podcasts and web stations. The band was asked to perform live on radio stations in Phoenix, New Jersey, Seattle, San Francisco and several other cities on their tour. The single "Move in Tight" was included on Spin magazine's list of "Songs You Need to Download Now." A panel of Billboard editors selected the Love Me Nots to perform at the 2007 Independent Music World Series showcase in San Francisco. By the end of 2007, XM Radio had named the band’s debut album one of its Top XMU 25 albums of 2007, and rock magazines and radio stations all over the United States, Europe, and South America included it in their 2007 best-of lists.

The Love Me Nots enlisted a new rhythm section in May 2008. Joining lead vocalist and organist Nicole Laurenne and guitarist Michael Johnny Walker on guitar were bassist Kyle Rose Stokes and drummer Vince Ramirez.

Second Love Me Nots album Detroit was released in August 2008 and was featured on several 2008 U.S. best-of lists, including the Village Voice, the Austin Chronicle, BreakThru Radio and the Phoenix New Times. Rolling Stone’s French edition named the album its disc of the month for May 2009, and single “Give ’Em What They Want” was selected as a Sirius Radio Underground Garage channel “Coolest Song in The World”, receiving heavy rotation on the station. XM Radio again featured the band as its XMU Radar Report Featured Artist.

The video for single “You’re Really Something” was released in November 2008; Detroit was released around that time and the band also embarked on a busy U.S. West Coast tour. The Love Me Nots remained busy in 2009, performing at the U.S./U.K. High Rollers Scooter Rally in Las Vegas, official SXSW 2009 showcases in Austin, and in France, Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands for their first European tour. Bad Reputation Records inked a deal with the band to re-release the first two records in France, and a track from the band’s first record, ‘Break My Heart,’ was included in the soundtrack for the television show Rescue Me that summer. Following Ramirez' departure, busy Phoenix record producer and drummer Bob Hoag joined the band in time for September 2009 third album Upsidedown Insideout.

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