We’ve featured them on the site a number of times over the past 12 months, but how well do we really know Sydney three piece Noire? Not nearly well enough, we decided, so we popped across our probing questions to them in an effort to ‘Get To Know’ them a little more.
01. Band name : NOIRE.
02. Where are you based? Surry Hills, Sydney.
03. How did you choose your band name? Through hashtags, ha. While sharing demos with our drummer, I had tagged the link with #popnoir. He then suggested NOIRE as our band name.
04. How was the band formed? Billy and I are from the same town. We didn’t meet until after school but a friend introduced us and we started playing music together straight away.
05. In what ways has the band changed from when it was formed to today? We had just moved to Sydney and knew we wanted to start a band, we pretty much just wrote for a year to try and find our voice and sound. Our first show was at Oxford Art Factory last year and since then the biggest thing that’s changed is we’re more assured sonically of where we want to go.
06. Tell us a little bit about your sound? I like the idea that music can affect you physically and spatially. Most of the music I love makes me feel like I’m floating if that makes sense? I also like the idea that music is situational, so for us I see our music working well on a car stereo, when you’re driving down a highway on a long roadtrip.
07. What are your members’ favourite songs of all time? We love Jeff Buckley’s version of ‘Lilac Wine’, ‘Tiny Dancer’ by Elton John, ‘A Day In The Life’ by The Beatles, ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’ by Band Of Horses and Nina Simone’s version of ‘Strange Fruit’.
08. Tell us about your latest release. We released our debut EP, ‘Baby Blue’, last week. We finished recording it a year ago, so we were just really happy to finally have it out because the songs are quite old for us now. Wayne Connolly produced the tracks for us which was an incredible experience, I have a lot of admiration for him, his attention to detail, his patience, his song-writing abilities.
09. What do your future plans involve? Hopefully lots of shows. We’ve got some new songs we’d like to release this year. I’d also really like to focus on making more videos.
10. Where can our audience catch you live? This Saturday we’re playing Surry Hills Festival and supporting Melbourne band Slum Sociable at Goodgod, Sydney. I’m also involved in a project called The Ladies Network which is an amazing platform that showcases and celebrates female creatives. We’re having our first ‘Ladies Live’ show at Freda’s, October 10th which we’ll be playing at along with some amazing bands and DJs. Art and zines from Sydney creatives will also be for sale on the night.