October 18, 2014

New Noise Conference & Festival – Saturday, October 18th

We Came To Rock

What better way to let off some steam than to rock out to some good ole punk rock? Am I right?

Well a packed Velvet Jones agreed with me on the 4th night of the New Noise Conference & Festival. The showcase held a lineup of heavy punk rockers all bringing a unique twist to the “punk rock” genre. False Puppets is somewhat poppy; Dark Waves is, well, dark; Plague Vendor is heavy; and Joyce Manor is straight punk rock. This was a nice sampling for those who enjoy their punk. 

According to promoter Eddie Numbskull, Plague Vendor was the must-see band of the night. Recently seen at the Warped Tour and Riot Fest, Plague Vendor has built a reputation for a wild on-stage performance reminiscent of a young Iggy Pop. “They’re like The Refused with no social content,” according to New Noise attendee Matt H., “But I like it.” The southern Californian band is young and exploring with sound, mashing up heavy guitar riffs with manic lyrical hooks that take you from zero to one hundred in sixty seconds. The impression they left was huge. 

The showcase produced what it promised, a night of great new punk rock, and Santa Barbara came out to rock!

October 17, 2014

New Noise Conference & Festival – Friday, October 17th

Experimenting with New Noise

New noise can mean many things. Perhaps it is a new sound for the listener; perhaps it is a new sound for the performer. I decide to explore both meanings on the 3rd night of the New Noise Conference & Music Festival.

Friday night touted four great showcases throughout downtown Santa Barbara, ranging from New Soul to California Reggae. I decided to go with something local and something new from two different genres at two different venues. It was not a hard choice since the two venues are literally next door to each other, making the jump between the two quite easy for me.

Blind Tiger hosted an indie pop showcase with sets from locals Kyran Million and the Blues & Greys, followed by Brooklyn’s own Deluka. You may know Kyran from the local band Indian Trading Furs. Well, he’s gone solo. This was my something new for the artist. I asked Kyran what we could expect from his solo material. “I would call it a ‘lapse of consciousness’,” Kyran confided, “To the effect that I’m not scrutinizing every minuet detail in the creative process. After this purge I will ‘come to’ and analyze, taper, and fix all the un-established ideas.” The raw acoustic set that followed showed a depth of emotion and talent that I look forward watching grow from seeds to flowers in the near future.
Onward to something new for the listener – me! LA’s Nick Waterhouse playing at Velvet Jones was the show recommended to me most by the people I asked. “I've been following the new soul movement a bit,” confessed New Noise co-founder Matt Kettman, “Nick's a great example of someone taking a traditional style and putting a new spin on it.” Looking like a modern day Buddy Holly, Nick immediately got the packed house dancing to a wild mix of guitar riffs, saxophones, keys and beats that resembled your dad’s (or granddad’s) music with a facelift. It felt both new and familiar, and definitely kept the energy level up till the wee night.

I was satisfied with my experiment with new noise. I’d postulate that New Noise delivered again.

Next up:

Saturday Night:
LA’s Dark Waves (8:30), Plague Vendor (9:30), and Joyce Manor (10:45) @ Velvet Jones ~ INSIDER TIP: Plague Vendor is the band to see according to Eddie Numbskull, promoter.

October 16, 2014

New Noise Conference & Festival – Thursday, October 16th

Keeping It Local

When looking over the New Noise Conference & Festival schedule to plan my nights of music, one showcase in particular stood out – Thursday night at Muddy Waters. Thursday night consisted of all local bands, with three of the four being from Carpinteria, performing at one of my favorite widely unknown local music venues  sounded like a great hometown party to me. 

Competing against some pretty well known, bigger draw indie
showcases, I was expecting Muddy Waters to be pretty mild. It was not. Apparently I was not the only one who wanted to see the local boys. “I decided to keep it local,” attested to Kaisa TerHar, another New Noise attendee, “I always wanted to see Afishnsea the Moon and Pacific Haze, and have never seen music at Muddy Waters, so this was my chance to get it all in. Plus it was only $8.” And that is what the festival is all about – bringing affordable new music to Santa Barbarians. 

In the true nature of the festival, I caught up to the boys in Afishnsea the Moon to see what bands they were looking forward to seeing at the festival. Interesting enough, they were all local bands. “I don’t know many of the bands playing,” confessed Lauren Luther Campbell, lead guitar, “but The Upbeat I grew up listening to, and I love ‘em!” Christopher Riley, bass, and Adam Camardella, drums, are also looking forward to seeing The Upbeat and Cornerstone (Friday), as well as Souvenirs (Wednesday) and Mexico City Blenders (Saturday). Local bands supporting local bands. 

The night went on, the venue was packed, the music was loud, and the bands were phenomenal. Bill, the owner of Muddy Waters, was blown away by the night’s performances, especially Afishnsea the Moon, exclaiming on Instagram, “Holy dick fart! The Sprout kids have been telling me about this lot for ages but it’s the first time we have had em - wow.” He was sure to secure more gigs with the boys soon after the performance. It was a New Noise Festival miracle! 

It's a true statement: New Noise Conference and Festival… bringing new music to Santa Barbara and keeping it local.

Next up

Friday Night: Locals The Blues & Greys (9:15) @ Blind Tiger; LA artist Nick Waterhouse (10:30)@ Velvet Jones 

Saturday Night: LA’s Dark Waves (8:30) and Joyce Manor (10:45) @ Velvet Jones