Wednesday, November 19, 2008
It's difficult to imagine a local release in recent years that comes out of the gate stronger than The Noise FM's "Dream of the Attack." Beginning with the taut, magnetic riffs of "Simple Simon" and continuing through the gaping-mouth hooks of "Circles," the album strikes a perfect balance between musicianship and songcraft -- two things that don't always come as a package.
The trio of Alex Ward, Austin Ward, and Derek Wright has gotten off to a running start during their first year in Lawrence, playing extensively in the area and touring the Midwest. Much of the band's chemistry has to do with the fact that they've been playing together since junior high. "Attack" captures the band's new material in vivid detail with help from Lawrence's Mixtape SoundLabs. It's a well-produced album in the traditional sense (good songs) and in the modern sense (lots of cool ProTools plug-ins).
"The Noise" barnstormed our podcast studio to share some of their latest music and make fun of themselves.
It's difficult to imagine a local release in recent years that comes out of the gate stronger than The Noise FM's "Dream of the Attack." Beginning with the taut, magnetic riffs of "Simple Simon" and continuing through the gaping-mouth hooks of "Circles," the album strikes a perfect balance between musicianship ...
lawrence.com:The album sounds really good. I've been listening to it for the last couple weeks. I actually took it on a jog the other day and road-tested it. It held up well.
Alex: Good, good. One time I heard when a Creed album came out, the response was that a lot of fellas liked to listen to it in the weight room. Scott Stapp said that was a sign that it was a successful record. Pretty much that's our standard as well. Austin: It's all four-on-the-floor.
You guys have been in Lawrence for a couple years now...
Alex: A little bit more than a year; we moved up here last year in August. We're fairly new still, I think ... This is big city compared to where we're from-historic Fort Scott, birthplace of famed photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks. And Rene Russo had an aunt I believe that lived in Fort Scott. Rene probably came through, I would think.
What sort of music were you listening to during the course of the last two years as you made this record?
Austin: Especially with the mixing process, a big one that's surprising to a lot of people is Nine Inch Nails.
Alex: You might not know it by listening to the album.
Austin: Trent Reznor is just such an innovative musician, especially in the studio ... We wanted to glitch the shit out of it. He's a real big inspiration for us just because he's awesome.
Alex: Austin and I are big fans of the band We Are Scientists and the Arctic Monkeys-bands that do a lot of groove-oriented dance rock and have really good hooks and melodies and harmonies. They're fun to listen to, but they're not dumbed down by any means.
Derek: When I was writing my bass lines I was listening to a ton of Death From Above 1979. Back in (our old band) the Pond Monkeys, they wouldn't give me any pedals because I wouldn't turn them off. But this time they slapped one in front of me and I went to town on it.
You guys recorded the first half of this record at Mixtape SoundLabs...
Alex: The first five songs were completely recorded up at Mixtape. For the remaining four, the drums were all done at Mixtape and then we did the rest of the tracks in our home studio.
Austin: Which is called the Meat Lounge ... We've recorded several local bands.
Alex: I wouldn't recommend anyone come over to record there. It's in the basement of our house.
Austin: It's pretty dank.
Alex: We help out friends. And suckers.
I noticed you guys went up to Summerfest in Milwaukee this summer. How was that experience?
Alex: Excellent. Without a doubt that was one of the bigger shows we've done. We played at a really good time right before Alkaline Trio.
Did they give you high fives?
Austin: No, everybody ignored us. But we got free Chipotle burritos and unlimited Red Bull. They treated us like we were supposed to be there, which I don't know if we were.
Alex: It might have been a mistake.
Austin: But it was a very fun experience.
Alex: People were actually really receptive, which was surprising and good. We might have peaked with that show.
I would advise everyone pick up the record and maybe even pay a couple dollars for it.
Alex: We pulled the Collective Soul route ... You can only get it at K-Mart.
Derek: Actually, I think they said PetSmart.