Properly Introduced: Ordinary Noise

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Properly Introduced: Ordinary Noise

Ordinary Noise are aiming right for the slow burn in the musical consciousness. Their well-deserved accolades are drawing the attention of musicians, critics, and listeners alike in their native UK, and it won’t be long before American audiences gravitate to their mix of folk introspection and earnest musicianship. Stereo Subversion was able to speak with Lou Terry (guitar, vocals) to see where his head might be regarding the band’s new notoriety: “We’re keeping our heads down and working on new songs.  I’m feeling positive about them, and want to get them out there and heard.”

Time to get Properly Introduced to Ordinary Noise, a band you will likely be hearing about again before the year is over.

WHO?
Lou Terry, Ross Connell, Tim Tokley and Jonny Poole

WHAT?
Lyrical folk rock that sneaks around the edges of Brit Pop, psychedelia, and protest music. RIYL: Bright Eyes, John Cunningham, Jeffrey Lewis, Pulp

WHERE?
Colchester, UK – A historic town in the burrough of Essex, England approximately 50 miles northeast of London.

Lou Terry: “Colchester’s a small town that pulls above its weight for music. Blur are from Colchester, and right now there’s some really exciting bands–Dingus Khan are pretty awesome.  We’re all quite supportive of one another and there’s a good scene.”

WHEN & WHY?

Ordinary Noise are a relatively new band who’s 2014 EP Backstabber garnered the band some high class credentials and praise from music insiders such as Jarvis Cocker and Ian Titchener and features in Songwriting Magazine and Consequence of Sound. (Not to mention Stereo Subversion.) Their latest EP is due on September 4 and features the two new songs they’ve dropped so far, “You Are Here,” and the gut-wrenching “If Fish Could Scream.”

About the latter’s title, Lou Terry says, “When fish are fished out the ocean, their internal organs rupture due to the rapid change in pressure. If they had the vocal chords to do so, they would scream.”

It’s a spot-on bit of social commentary that might make Morrissey crack a wry smile in approval.

As for influences, Ordinary Noise are cut from the classic rock and the modern songbook. When asked to name two influences, Terry came up with some unlikely sources, but also expressed admiration for artists that give Ordinary Noise their semi-acoustic sound. “For me, two albums I heard all the time as a kid were Radiohead Hail to the Thief and The Ramones Road to Ruin,” Terry says. “So both those have shaped my understanding of songs from a young age, in different ways I guess. More recently, the lyrics of Bob Dylan and Jeffrey Lewis have been very influential, I can’t pin down a single album for either of them though!”

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