Noisettes (formed 2003) Noisettes are an English indie rock band from London. The lineup of the band consist of singer and bass player Shingai Shoniwa, drummer Jamie Morrison and guitarist Dan Smith.
Formation & Career: Noisettes first got together in 2003. Dan and Shingai were in a band named Sonarfly and hooked up with James, who had been in Jaywalk Buzz, Six Toes and Living With Eating Disorders. They formed Noisettes in December and played around London over the winter months.
The band toured extensively and built up a grass roots fan base, earning themselves a fantastic reputation for their live shows. In 2005, they released an EP entitled 'Three Moods of the Noisettes', followed by the singles 'IWE' and 'Scratch Your Name'. It wasn't until the release of 'Don't Give Up' in November 2006, though, that the media and public began to pay attention to the band.
In February 2007, Noisettes released their debut album, What's the Time, Mr. Wolf? on Vertigo Records. Other singles released from the album include 'Sister Rosetta (Capture the Spirit)' and 'The Count of Monte Christo'.
In March 2008, Noisettes took part in a charity gig organized by Pearl Lowe (wife of Supergrass' Danny Goffey and formerly of the band Powder). The event, which raised money for Crisis Consequences, featured Graham Coxon, Paul Weller, New Young Pony Club, and Supergrass and took place at the Roundhouse in Camden, London. They also performed at that year's Camden Crawl, as well as the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
In January 2009, Noisettes' new song 'Don't Upset The Rhythm' was featured on a TV advert for Mazda. The track became the second single from their second album, Wild Young Hearts (the first single was the title track, released December 2008). 'Don't Upset The Rhythm' went to number two in the UK singles charts and was number one on iTunes' own chart.
Noisettes have toured with a number of well-known and respected bands, such as Bloc Party, Babyshambles, TV on the Radio and Mystery Jets. They also supported Muse on their arena tour in 2006. The song 'Scratch Your Name' was selected to appear on an episode of The Sopranos. In June 2009, Noisettes played on the John Peel stage at Glastonbury. In July 2009, Noisettes have been selected as main support for Lady GaGa.
Shingai Shoniwa of The Noisettes The 2013 EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA'S) after party held at the Grosvenor House Hotel - Arrivals London, England - 10.02.13 Featuring: Shingai Shoniwa of the Noisettes When: 10 Feb 2013
It was back in 2009 when Noisettes were catapulted into current culture with 'Don't Upset the Rhythm', and all thanks to a TV ad. Since then, I think most of us had put them in the one hit wonder bucket - but they're actually still around, you know!
The third album, due for release at the end of August, offers a more mature and slick affair than previous releases. As with the last album, 'Wild Hearts Run Free', the flow is an issue, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. What matters is that, whilst the previous two albums as a whole did not hit the ground running, they seem to have learned from this and developed. Now it's a case of making everyone realise.
Despite starting with a distinct orchestral resemblance to a Disney film, the album is a sophisticated and eclectic collection of work.
Flitting between musical styles, it's like a joyride through pop, folk, and acoustic influences, all having been given a Noisettes finish. It's an album you cannot say doesn't have a lot of vibrancy and life about it. It's a far cry from some of the maudlin sounds going round at the moment where singers sound like they're on their death bed!
'Ragtop Car' is actually quite a beautiful creation. It might not be the typical hook driven work they usually go with, but that's part of the charm.
You finish on the chilled acoustic sounds of 'Contact', a track which really exploits Shingai Shoniwa's unique and strong vocal style.
Although the first single from the album has been 'Winner', they may have had a higher response from 'That Girl'. It's a bit cheesy, but radio would snap it up for that fact alone. You can imagine it being used for TV trailers, or the sort of continuity they use to link themed weekends of retro Friends episodes. In other words, 'Contact' could be commercially successful.
I'm not sure why Noisettes don't get a little more credit. Maybe it's because they are hard to explain. If someone asked you to describe them, it would be fairly hard to do so. Unless they have a remix applied to them, you don't hear them in clubs; they take influences from different genres and add their own take, but they are predominantly radio friendly. The media were all over 'Don't Upset the Rhythm' (sorry to mention that again, I'm as bad as everyone else).
Overall, 'Contact' is not bad at all. I fear that based on past albums and the fact that many will not realise that they are even still about, it may not be touched. That's a real shame if it happens because, if you fight off the original opinions you might have and your wanting to follow the crowd, you might find something quite special.
30th August, 2015