Friday, 31 July 2015

Feature: Ordinary Noise (31/07/15)


Ordinary Noise are a four piece alternative band and have just released 'You Are Here', the first track to be taken from their forthcoming EP (due for release 4th September). Lou Terry (vocals, guitars), Ross Cornell (electric guitar), Tom Tokley (bass, guitar) and Jonny Poole (saxophone, drums) first met whilst in different strands of education and have been together ever since. They've been played on BBC Radio 6 and BBC Introducing, have supported Jeffrey Lewis and The Jrams, and are playing main stage at Hop Farm Festival. I caught up with Lou to talk about music, touring and space... 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
My best mate got off with the girl I fancied when I was 12, and so I wrote a song called 'Backstabber'. 

2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you've ever seen?
Jeffrey Lewis' performing his poem 'WWPRD' (What Would Pussy Riot Do?) at Essex University's Lakeside Theatre... 'before you think it's cool to go record free at converse studio, before South by Southwest Showcases put free Raybans on your faces... the art you make, the things you say define what is or ain't ok.' 

3. Who have you been listening to lately?
Just finished reading Dylan's autobiography, and it's pointed me towards a lot of folk singers, Robert Johnson, Dave Van Ronk, Woody Guthrie for instance. 

3 Questions for Ordinary Noise:

1. What three countries would you most like to tour and why?
The UK would be a good place to start; we've got a great music scene on our doorstep. 
The US, East Village Radio in NY have just offered a slot on their show if we ever tour the States, so we've got one date booked. 
Hong Kong - Our #1 fan has just moved there so would be good to see him, he might be able to set us up some dates as well. Apparently you have to submit your lyrics to the government though so we'd have to cut out the line about people standing in front of tanks from 'You Are Here'. 

2. What is your favourite track from your forthcoming self-titled EP and why?
'If Fish Could Scream', it's about the treatment of animals, particularly pigs, in intensive farms, which is something I feel very strongly about. An adult pig's cognitive abilities are equal to that of a three year old child! 

3. What process did you go through creating 'You Are Here', was it a collective effort or did you have specific roles? 
I wrote the song before bringing to the band, but then they transformed it, adding in all the spacey effects and the rolling drums. The structure changed as well, we let the song thin out towards the end and built it up to an instrumental climax. 

Random Q:

If you could go to any planet in our solar system (inc. Pluto), where would you go and why?
Pluto seems to be the 'planet' of the moment. 

'You Are Here' Review:
This has made it onto several playlists of mine recently, it's easily one of my favourite singles I've written about this year, which makes it harder to write about, as I am currently struggling to put how good this song is into words... It's a beautiful song that really grows into a gritty and powerful track. Lyrically, it reminded me of Sleeping At Last, but musically it really stands out on it's own, with intricate guitars building into an intense and heavy layered section near the end of the track. The bass and percussion holds strong throughout and keeps with the song peaking and dipping, add in Lou's distinct vocals make it a really great track. I cannot wait for the EP, but for now I'll be replaying this track over and over again.


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