Not From There started in London. Two members were deported to their native Australia for lack of work visas. There they found some sort of stability and eventually became widely recognized as the number one indie band from down under. Don' forget that the lead singer is Austrian. Not surprisingly, he himself was deported to his home country for a year. This also explains the presence of two songs sung German. One of these, "Sich Offnen," received heavy radio play in Australia, where most people speak English. Despite all these geographical disruptions, the group landed upon a relentlessly stable form of noisy indie pop that instrumentally is all about rhythm. Any melody is understated, even vocally. Maybe it is just overcompensation on their part.
AllMusic Review by Tom Schulte