Q&A with Alex Ward of The Noise FM
Created in 2005 by brothers Alex and Austin Ward, the band The Noise FM is a Lawrence group at heart—even though they moved from here to Chicago in 2010. The Noise FM, which also includes member Barry Kidd, still makes sure to return to Lawrence on occasion—for instance, this Saturday for a Halloween-themed show at the Jackpot with local bands Spirit Is The Spirit, Heartscape Landbreak, and We Are Voices. The show costs $7, or $4 if you're in costume.
I talked with Alex this week about what makes coming back to Lawrence so fun, the band's upcoming record, and their latest celebrity encounter.
JS: How is Chicago treating you?
AW: It’s been good. It’s definitely a change of pace. It’s been a big change for us, but it’s been a good move for the band. A lot of opportunities. We’re liking it. We’ve kind of settled in.
JS: How often do you come back to Lawrence?
AW: We’ve been trying to come back maybe twice a year. But actually in the last couple of months, we’ve been able to come back a couple of times. We were back in August for a show with our friends Quiet Corral, and then we’re back this month, and then we do an annual Christmas show called Noise for Toys that we’re gonna try to do again in December. So we’ll be back actually three times in just over a few months. Usually it’s just twice a year—or that’s what it’s been.
JS: What are some things you guys always look forward to doing, or places you always look forward to visiting, when you come back to Lawrence?
AW: As great as Chicago has been, Lawrence still feels like home. That’s where we really came together as a band. So every time we come back, it’s really nice to see all of our friends and the people that we feel comfortable with. That’s hometown for us.
JS: So this show is Halloween-themed and you’re encouraging costumes. What are you three dressing up as?
AW: We’re leaving that as a surprise. Mostly because we’re not exactly sure yet. We’ll have something for sure.
JS: Have you guys had any interesting stories or celebrity run-ins lately? I’ve read that you’ve met Bill Murray and Perez Hilton on the road. Has there been anything equally exciting happen?
AW: [Laughs] That’s right. Actually, the first day we got to Chicago two years ago, we were just walking around our neighborhood and they were filming a movie in our neighborhood. I’m sure it’s a terrible movie, it’s called Colombiana. And the guy who was in the TV show Alias, Michael Vartan, was walking around. So we said hello to him and that’s really been about our biggest celebrity encounter. That was a good one.
JS: Can you tell me a little bit about your new record you’re working on?
AW: Yeah, the new record has been a slow, slow process. We’ve been working on this new one since we moved up to Chicago, and we’ll probably be releasing it in 2013—the first part of 2013. It’s coming along. Slowly but surely.
AW: We have a balance of maybe one serious tweet to 37 stupid tweets. So we’d like to give a little informative update every now and then about what the band’s doing, but mostly if myself or Austin has something to say, we say it, and it’s usually either offensive or just stupid.