Formed in 2008, Not Tonight Josephine is a four-piece post-hardcore band from Tampa, Florida. For nearly seven years, the band has been honing in on their original, melodic take on post-hardcore which is most evident in their 2013 EP, Common Gold. In addition to consistently turning out new and progressive music, the band has secured a place in the alternative rock scene by sharing the stage with big-time bands like A Day To Remember, Rise Against, New Found Glory, Underoath, and The Colour Morale to name a few. Not Tonight Josephine’s constant touring and growing international fan base earned them a date at the 2014 Vans Warped Tour, an opportunity every emerging band chases after.
Currently the band is set to release their self-titled EP, Not Tonight Josephine, on March 3rd. From First To Last duo Taylor Larsen and Spencer Sotelo have been helping the band craft their six-track EP since mid-2014 and it’s set to impress. With the perfect combination of melodic post-hardcore and metal influences, the band interjects their trademark high-octane choruses to give Not Tonight Josephine’s top contemporaries a run for their money. Though this EP is heaver than their past work, Not Tonight Josephine also has a more focused and clear sound.
Of the six tracks that comprise Not Tonight Josephine, my favorites would have to be “Eyes” ft. Spencer Sotelo and “Don’t Hold Your Tongue”. I like “Eyes” because it highlights the band’s ability to intertwine post-harcore with pop-punk in a way that appears seamless and completely natural. “Don’t Hold Your Tongue”, on the other hand, stood out to me because it’s much slower and softer than the other five songs on the EP. I was surprised when the song ended without any heavy metal choruses, but I think that’s what makes this song so amazing. Not Tonight Josephine is able to hone both the alternative rock and the post-hardcore genre, and “Don’t Hold Your Tongue” is proof that this band’s musical capabilities are expansive to say the least.
I can’t wait to see what the band does next, but whatever they do, I hope they continue to acquaint the world with both their alternative rock and post-hardcore work. In the meantime, you can mark March 3rd on your calendars because that is when you will be able to listen to the diverse and unique EP, Not Tonight Josephine.
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