High energy, in your face rock and roll from Hamburg, Germany, is making its way through the United States as the band, Noiseaux, cranks it up. A girl fronted four piece with an aggressive style, Noiseaux rips it up with songs in both English and German to satisfy hungry ears all over the world.
Sonic Eclectic: How did you arrive at the current lineup?
Noah (Vocals): We’re a four piece now but we used to be five. After our guitarist Peng had left the band some months ago, we tried out ersatz guitarists, but then found that we can write and sound pretty differently compared to our initial phase: by staying a four-piece. We have a new sound altogether. More intimate, a bit more sophisticated maybe. We’re in a pretty exciting phase right now.
SE: How do German audiences respond to Noiseaux?
Noah: We’re not really a German music scene. We make our own, creating a frame of reference for ourselves and bands like us. Audiences who dig us are usually different themselves. Quirky, not mainstream, don’t care about genre and music pigeonholes. And fun to talk to.
Gomez (Guitar): Also, most of them don’t shave.
SE: What’s it like writing songs in both English and German?
Noah: When I write in English, it’s more direct, authentic, associative. My lyrics in German have a more technical and theoretical approach. Also, in English, I’m much more about phonetics, whereas in German my focus is a bit more on the metrics. Weird. How a language can change what you’re saying and how you’re saying it. Maybe that’s why so many translations suck.
SE: What recurring themes do you write into your songs?
Noah: The booklet in our debut album, “Out Now,” explains some of the lyrics and intentions. Some of the lyrics aren’t printable though.
Gomez: Because they’re too sexy.
Noah: There are double or triple meanings in some sentences that would disappear in written form.
SE: What’s the hardest part about being in a band? What’s the easiest?
Noah: The hardest for me is not being able to rehearse every day. As a band you grow, you progress. You need to synchronize all the bandmates’ various ideas about which direction we want to take. And a good indicator of that has been whether we feel at ease during the process of change and evolving and with new songs we create, whether it feels right. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t with everyone, then a kid leaves the band and somebody else who shares the new ideas and vision enters. Quite natural. Our town can get a little incestuous, music wise. Everybody’s been in everybody’s band before and you never really lose sight of former bandmates [laughs].
SE: What’s coming up for you guys?
Noah: A song on the next Afro-Punk compilation, a new single released in May.
Jet: Beer showers, tours, recording an album this fall.
Gomez: A band bus and drummer that don’t give up on us, travelling the world.
Lars: Suing our ex-booking agent, making friends with bands and music fans like us.
SE: What would you say to aspiring musicians?
Jet (Bass): Learn to play the music, buy the tight pants – in that order.
Noiseaux’s debut album entitled, “Out Now!” can be found on iTunes, online, and in stores now. Visit their website and myspace page for tours, merch, and headbanging awesomeness.