Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Noise Addict Brings the Noise Again

In 1993, I was just a little high school sophomore who was obsessed with U2 and Morrissey. MY BFF Alyssa and I were also loyal to watching MTV's alternative rock video show, 120 Minutes, on Sunday nights. It was there that we first discovered the Aussie pop/punk band Noise Addict. Alyssa and I both thought singer/songwriter Ben Lee was pretty cute and cool, and and it was Lee's song about Evan Dando entitled "I Wish I Was Him" that had both of us at hello. (Alyssa was a massive Lemonheads and Evan Dando fan during this time). Don't laugh. You've been there before, too.

Anyhow, Noise Addict put out a couple of American releases via the Beastie Boys' label, Grand Royal, and only issued one album, Meet the Real You, before calling it quits in 1996.

So my inner fan girl was thrilled to hear today (Sept. 1) that Ben Lee -- who issued his seventh solo LP, the incredible The Rebirth of Venus earlier this spring -- has put Noise Addict back together with Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh and Lara Meyerratken of El May. The new album, It Was Never About the Audience, is available for a free download!

In a press release, Ben Lee says, "I've wanted to make another Noise Addict record for awhile now. Noise Addict is a place more than a band. But it's a band too. This record was inspired by out of tune guitars, Jonathan Richman, and lasagne…not the actual pasta - just the word."

He adds, "The new lineup on this recording is me, Lou Barlow and Lara Meyerratken. That's a new lineup for the band, but the principle remains the same: everything recorded quickly, in my bedroom, with lots of stupid rules like no mic-stands. The songs were all written by me except 'Lasagne,' which I co-wrote with my step-daughter Kate."

It Was Never About the Audience tracklisting:
1. That's How It Goes
2. Do I Know You
3. Get Well
4. Chris Martin's Frown
5. Big Ups
6. Drop That Ghost
7. Hey Baby
8. Lasagne
9. Faster Side of Normal
10. Let Your Heart Decide It
11. Cloudchasing
12. Not Afraid
13. Gravity
14. I Heart Your Band
15. Let's Do Our Thing

You can download the full album at NoiseAddict.net and it's FREE! Everyone loves FREE!

*Side note: Lee actually toured with Sebadoh in 1995 prior to breaking up Noise Addict.

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