For nearly 3 years now, kids and parents alike
are flying to their feet in a rock n’ roll frenzy inresponse
to the power-pop sounds and four-part harmonies
of Seattle-based recording artists, The Not-Its!.
With their third record, Tag, You’re It!, the band
wastes no time in giving fans more of the deliciously
catchy tunes that make kids move and parents
The lovely lead vocals of Sarah Shannon are
strong and true, and have for years been an indie
favorite. In the 90s, Shannon fronted the successful
Sub-Pop indie band, Velocity Girl; with The Not-Its!,
the indie-pop-rock musical sensibilities carry over,
and kid-friendly lyrics round out these carefully
crafted jams. Tag, You’re It! is lush with musical
variety, packed solid with high-energy tempos and
lyrics that speak to the kid mentality. The first track,
“Freeze Tag” sets the pace and proves The Not-Its!
are here to rock with crunchy guitars, thundering
drums, and whip-smart lyrics encouraging kids
to drop the video games, get outside, and “run
around, run, run around…make like a pop-poppop
In 2009, The Not-Its! electrified the kindie music
scene with the release of their first record, We Are
The Not-Its!. The band received a Fids & Kamily
Music Award for one of the best family music
albums of 2009—a rare honor for a brand new music
group. Kids’ music authority Stefan Shepherd of
Zooglobble enthused of the title track, “‘We Are The
Not-Its!’ is one of the two or three best theme songs
ever … this album rocks.” According to Jeff Bogle
of Out With The Kids, “The disc’s a treat, one that
your kids should be allowed to gobble up as often
as they wish.” The Australian website, Babyology,
wrote, “It’s rare that I really enjoy every track on an
album … the whole album is thoroughly enjoyable.
Every note of this album works beautifully.” Amy
Kraft of Media Macaroni explained, “I love it when
we find albums that [my daughter] and I both like
to listen to. They’ve got a great rockin’ sound, and
the songs are immediately accessible to kids.”
In Summer 2010, The Not-Its! released their
second album, Time Out To Rock, and the media and public response was incredible. Time Out New York KIDS called Time Out To Rock, “the kindie music equivalent to a summer movie blockbuster,” and Christina Refford of Cool Mom Picks claimed “songs like ‘Green Light, Go!’ are so cool, I’d play them louder if I wasn’t worried about things like my kids’ eardrums.” Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said, “This is an album that you crank up and dance around the room to with your kids. Time Out To Rock is 100% pure unadulterated fun. This album is chock full of great riffs, great song writing, and an all around great time.” The Everett Herald expressed to readers that, “If you dig kiddie mosh pits, love the sound of Blondie or the B-52s and like tights and skinny ties, you are a parent who will approve of The Not-Its!”
This spring the band was honored with an invitation to perform in the 2011 Kindiefest industry showcase—the country’s only kindie music conference—in Brooklyn, NY. Additionally, the band was awarded the opportunity to bring their pink tutus and skinny ties, sparkly shoes, and high-energy stage performances to the Kansas City Jiggle Jam Festival—the Midwest’s largest family music festival—where they shared the stage with national acts including Justin Roberts and The Verve Pipe. The Not-Its! are founding members of Kindiependent, a music collective of like-minded people who are passionate about cultivating a vibrant kids and family music scene in the Pacific Northwest. Through creative collaborations and community events, Kindiependent’s mission is to develop a network of family-friendly artists and organizations that supports cultural innovation.
About the Band Members
Now a mother of two young girls (3 and 5), Sarah Shannon has recorded two solo albums (www.sarahshannon.
com) since her tenure with Velocity Girl. A fortuitous run-in with an old friend, rhythm guitarist Danny Adamson, in 2008 unearthed the desire for the two of them to gather together their indie musician- friends-gone-parents in an effort to continue making music in a way that included their families. Adamson spent much of the 90s touring the country in Seattle-area punk bands before becoming the father of two boys (now ages 6 and 8). Bassist/backup singer Norea Hoeft is a volunteer for Rain City Rock Camp for Girls, as well as a grant writer (www.bukotree.com) for non-profit
organizations and a mother of two (8 months and 7
years). Lead guitarist Tom Baisden is an elementary school teacher for special needs children who was honored by Seattle Public Schools as the city’s 2010 “Special Education Outstanding Educator of the Year.” He is the father of two (ages 4 and 7) and a member of Seattle-based rock band, Mostly Dimes. Drummer Mike Bayer is an unsung leader in Seattle’s flourishing artistic community, devoting his time to the creation and management of a brand-new artist space in Seattle’s SODO district; he also teaches drum lessons to youth and plays music with indie-country-rock band, Joseph Giant.
Sarah Shannon - Vocals
Nori Hoeft - Bass Guitar
Tom Baisden - Trumpet, Lead Guitar
Danny Adamson - Rhythm Guitar
Mike Bayer - Drums
We Are The Not-Its!, released June 2009
Time Out To Rock, released July 2010
Tag, You're It!, released June 2011
All tracks on all albums have streaming and radio airplay.
Cheetah The Buffalo
Welcome To Our School
Time Out To Rock
First Kid In Outer Space
When I'm 5
Green Light, Go!
Say It Loudly
We Are The Not-Its!
Come Play At Our House
“One of the most promising debuts of the year."
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“It's rare that I really enjoy every track on an album...the whole album is thoroughly enjoyable. Ev...“It's rare that I really enjoy every track on an album...the whole album is thoroughly enjoyable. Every note of this album works beautifully."
Award for One of Best Kids Albums of 2009
“The disc's a treat, one that your kids should be allowed to gobble up..."
“We Are The Not-Its! is one of the two or three best theme songs ever...this album rocks.”
Cool Mom Picks
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"Their debut CD makes me want to pull over to the side of the playground, open the hatchback and tur..."Their debut CD makes me want to pull over to the side of the playground, open the hatchback and turn the volume up as high as it'll go, to share their music with the masses of kids. Yes, it's that good."
“Seattle's The Not-Its! are totally it when it comes to children's music ”
Typical Set List:
Watch Me Share
Time Out To Rock!
Come Play at Our House
Welcome To Our School
Green Light, Go!
Cheetah the Buffalo
All of our songs are about 2-3 minutes long. Our set lasts about 45 minutes.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.