Late 70s Punk Experimentalists the Notekillers Return to Release “We’re Here to Help” via Prophase Music on November 9th


“It’s clear this band ranked with any of New York’s much celebrated no-wave acts.” –Kelefa Sanneh | New York Times

August 2010 winners The Deli’s Featured Artist(s) Poll!

The Notekillers, who originally slugged it out during the punk wars of the late 1970’s, continue their improbable reincarnation march with this barely-hinged celebration of rock & roll noise. Woefully under-documented back in the day, their only official recording – The Zipper, a self-released 7″ – was a favorite amongst the cognoscenti in the experimental underground and a secret influence on some of the most important avant-bands of the past 20 years.

Now, following an acclaimed archival release on Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace! label, the Notekillers complete their leap out of the shadows and land solidly in the present with “We’re Here to Help” – a brand new LP with all new material developed during their second life. Rich with tuneful, neck-snapping hooks that explode at any and all times, this album will connect deeply with anyone who lives for the dizzying, defibrillating power of positive audio aggression.

With “We’re Here to Help” the Notekillers present further evidence that they deserve to be mentioned in the same breath with any of the mightiest musical units on the planet. They will be playing the Philadelphia Film and Music Festival as part of the Prophase Music Showcase on 9/23 (At the M Room with Kohoutek, American Speedway, and Dark Sea Dream).

“Astonishing…While the rhythm section churns furiously, David First peels off a series of scrambled guitar lines, precise even when he’s improvising. His diagonal riffs are marvelously untraceable (Surf-rock? New-wave? Heavy metal? Free jazz? Serialism?), and somehow these dense compositions inevitably come out sounding like party music. It’s clear this band ranked with any of New York’s much celebrated no-wave acts.” – Kelefa Sanneh | New York Times

“That record (The Zipper) was so heavy for me and Kim and Lee…It was this propulsive guitar instrumental that was just breakneck…They had a big influence on me…The music is way ahead of its time.” –Thurston Moore



David First was recently interviewed for inclusion in the upcoming music doc Philly Pop Music – the Lost Pioneers:

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