Introducing Interview: Idle Noise

Midlands indie-rock quartet, Idle Noise, have been championed on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Introducing with every tune from their first EP, 18, being showcased.

Idle Noise let us into their formation, proudest achievements and what we can expect from the rising Midlands band.

Starting at the beginning, how did Idle Noise form?

Ben and Ali were already in a band together which ended, but they decided to start a new one (literally almost immediately, probably within about 3 minutes of playing the final gig). Then, recruited Josh and Alex and thus Idle Noise was born in 2016.

You have been featured on Raw Sound TV, can you tell us a bit about this and how it came about for you?

Raw Sound are great! They’re an independent group who run the live sessions out of their own facility in Birmingham and they feature loads of great up and coming Midlands artists on their shows every few weeks. They approached us to do a few tracks so we nipped down to the studios and had a great time, albeit the hottest room on earth, no shortage of sweat in there!

You recently stated that you were recording a single at Yellow Arch Studios, what made you want to record at this studio in Sheffield?

Sheffield’s a huge part of British musical history, with artists such as Arctic Monkeys, Richard Hawley, Rev & The Makers and many more coming from there, so we were toying with the idea for a while. We were originally going to record some demos at 2Fly where we knew Arctic Monkeys’ early tunes were put to tape, but when we decided we wanted to do a single we knew that Richard Hawley exclusively used Yellow Arch for his solo work and couldn’t resist booking a session in to get a track down.

Aside from this Yellow Arch Studio experience, what is your main recording process like?

We usually record in a brilliant little independent studio called The Moonbase in Coventry, run by the ever eccentric and excellent Jon Moonbear himself. Aside from that, we recorded our last EP with Alex Vine at Jump The Cut studios in Birmingham, which has had bands like The Twang and JAWS record a lot of material there, so we had a great time. For us, as well as being a way of circulating our music, recording can be the final stage in the process of songwriting. It’s at this time we spend a lot of time concentrating on each rhythm, riff or beat of the song. It hopefully positively impacts both the recording and live versions.

What has been your proudest achievement up to date?

I’d say selling out our first ever Birmingham gig; we played The Sunflower Lounge in January supported by our boys in The Clause and it was rammed. We had an absolute ball and felt on top of the world. Straight back down to reality with a headache the next morning.

The Sunflower Lounge 27/01/18

A little insight into how our sold out Birmingham show at The Sunflower Lounge went down, featuring a preview of one of our new tracks, ‘Breakout’. This is a huge preview of the enormous things ahead of us in 2018 and beyond!Huge props to Sam Allard for putting this together for us and big up The Clause – Birmingham, North Parade and Monty Taft for their fantastic sets! Above all, a massive thank you to all of the people who rocked up, sold out the venue and turned it into the craziest, sweatiest gig we've ever played! x

Gepostet von Idle Noise am Dienstag, 30. Januar 2018

Where is your favourite place (venue, city, festival etc.) to play and why?

We love quite a few venues; The Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham is always great because of how small and intimate it is, but Godiva Festival in Coventry is always a massive buzz. We’ve done that a couple of times and playing the main stage at a festival in your own city is brilliant, makes you feel like you’ve really made it, obviously only within a 10-mile radius but still!

What are you currently working towards?

We’re songwriting a lot at the moment. Our aim is to keep developing our skills as songwriters, with the intention of getting better! We’re expecting a single release and a few shows to support it in the coming months, which should be fun.

What are your music goals for the next five years?

What a question! It’s always good to be optimistic when you think about the future, so I’d like to think that a few more people will be listening to our music, but also that we’ll still be enjoying writing, recording and playing together. I’d be lying if I said we didn’t want to headline our local football stadiums (especially considering we’re Midlands football fans) but I don’t think five years is quite enough time for that to happen! Give us twenty and we’ll see what we can do…


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Harriet Willis
Freelance music writer and media graduate. Dreaming of an Instagram worthy house in CA.
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