For a four piece band, The Can’t Nots make a lot of noise. Formed in June of 2010 this Providence, RI crew is set on becoming rock’s voice for the right now, and they’ve got all the musical talent and moxy to prove it. Their sound is a mash up of their influences, most notably, The Strokes, The White Stripes, The Talking Heads and Dave Matthews Band. Their music may sometimes have a peppering of jazz or an infectious dance beat, but their backbone is undeniably rock and roll.
The band is composed of vocalist Naomi Wilkinson, her brother and drummer, Gary Wilkinson, and long time friends guitarist Bobby Brierly and bassist Darren Frigon. Their lifelong relationship is a huge factor of what makes The Can’t Nots click. Their music may flirt with many genres and yet they manage to meet you in the middle because of the effortless way in which they are able to blend their individual styles into one singular musical experience. It’s this accessibility that has allowed them to garner several local music nominations including best song by The Providence Phoenix’s Best Music Poll 2012.
There's something for everyone in The Can't Nots' music. Both young and old, one thing is for certain, you can't not check them out.
"I think I have finally found some music you can’t not listen to. Their style of music is very approachable, with an occasional swift kick of punk to keep you on the edge of your seat. Naomi’s voice always brings the listener along for the ride, from her soaring falsettos to the burrowing low notes. Her range is fantastic and controlled really well. Even their slower songs, like “The Gray,” are catchy and show off their unique style of music. ...listen to their songs, especially their new EP, which you can download for free on their website! Hello new playlist music!"
Deanna Archetto - Internet Killed the Radio Star Oct 2011
"...carving out some interesting genre-shucking territory. It's an interesting place to be in, and The Can't Nots have room to grow into it."
- Ari Goldberg, Oct 2011 Performer Magazine review of "Applesauce" EP
"...the sampling goes a long way toward illustrating why The Can't Nots are considered at the top of the up-and-coming list. They've convincingly attempted that ever illusive task of capturing live-performance energy on a silly flat piece of polycarbonate plastic. ...For a three-piece band with a project that clocks in under 20 minutes, The Can't Nots demonstrate that they're on the right path to, as their bio states, 'becoming rock's voice for the right now.'"
- Don DiMuccio, August 2011 Motif Magazine review of "Applesauce" EP
Nominated for best song "Go" by the Providence Phoenix's Best Music Poll 2012
Naomi Wilkinson of The Can't Nots nominated for female vocalist by the Providence Phoenix's Best Music Poll 2012
Nominated for local breakthrough act by the Providence Phoenix's Best Music Poll 2010
Nominated for (plugged in) best live act by Motif Magazine's 2011 Music Awards
Naomi Wilkinson of The Can't Nots nominated for (plugged in) female vocalist by Motif Magazine's 2011 Music Awards