Brothers Austin and Alex formed The Noise FM in Fort Scott, Kansas, a town of 8,000 in southeast Kansas. Now we live in Chicago, but everyone knows we’re from Kansas because of our accents. Alex sings, plays guitar and keyboard, and does most of the computer stuff. Austin plays drums, sings and writes a lot of the music on bass guitar, but he doesn’t play bass guitar at live shows because he’s better at drums. We found Barry Ray Kidd on Craigslist and put him on bass because of his rad name.
The band released the full-length record “Dream of the Attack” in 2008 at a basement show in the “vintage mansion” we rented while going to school in Lawrence, Kansas. Our landlord called it “vintage” but it really just meant it was a fire hazard.
“Dream of the Attack” is a mix of synthy indie-rock and dance beats. People seemed to like it, and a few tunes found their way into video games and television shows:
The synth-rocker “Simple Simone” is featured on the European-only release “SBK ’09 Superbike World Championship” on X-Box. The game’s not available in America, so we’re not sure if it actually exists.
“Only Human” is on Tap Tap Revenge 3 for iPhone, but none of us have iPhones.
The hard-rocking “Iron Lung” is featured in the Fox College Sports Best of 2009 television special. We think it’s a sports show.
In 2010, we released “Enclave,” which is a better record but was NOT featured on Fox College Sports. Still, “Enclave” was enough to get us named one of the top 25 artists to watch by Indie-Music.com and earned us the title of “Best Indie-Rock Band 2010” by Pitch magazine in Kansas City, an incredible honor. We moved from Kansas the following week.
The single “Time Will Tell” is featured in an episode of MTV’s “Made.” We don’t have cable so we haven’t seen it.
“Time Will Tell” is also featured in a season 2 episode of the rebooted “90210.” The episode features an all-girl rock band AND Rumer Willis, and it’s probably the greatest 41 minutes of television ever. The episode is called “Sweaty Palms and Weak Knees.” Look it up on Netflix.
We’ve toured the country several times over, playing SXSW, New York City as official performers at the CMJ festival, Summerfest in Milwaukee, The Denver Underground Music Showcase, Kansas City’s Middle of the Map Festival and the occasional fashion show. One time we opened for Presidents of the United States of America. They stayed on their tour bus while we played.
At SXSW we opened a sold-out show for “surprise guest” Nick Cannon. THE Nick Cannon of “Drumline” and (formerly) Mariah Carey. It was a weird show.
After 3 years, a move to a city where we knew no one, and a couple mid-twenty existential crises, The Noise FM released the full-length record “Attraction” in 2014 on The Record Machine label.
“This is some sexy, dance-inducing indie-rock that you need to check out immediately…”
“The Noise FM literally have quite the bounce in their step. The Chicago-via-Lawrence, Kansas indie rockers know that kids these days are all about dancing, and they prove that with their generally move-worthy rhythm section. But The Noise FM aren’t one-trick ponies as their songs are soaked with space rock guitars and well crafted vocal melodies that balance things out.”
“These gentlemen construct the smoothest rock songs that are rough around the edges in all the best ways. ‘Attraction’ delivers the catchiest, head-bangingest, and quiet possibly the sexiest songs this year…”
“Whatever it is that The Noise FM is selling, I’m not only alert, but I’m buying…”
“I would give these guys a big stack of speakers, sit back, and watch them explode. The band looked pro as they rolled through their set, transitioning effortlessly from 10 pedal guitar solos to bridges, to augmented chorded verses – not a simple trick for a three piece. Alex’s fluid voice soared to Buckley-esque falsettos as the rhythm section sat in the pocket all night long…
“Though informed by the FM radio euphemisms classic rock and modern rock, the Noise FM strives for a considerably more intelligent sound. The Lawrence trio does, however, maintain rock radio’s polished accessibility. Tight and technically proficient, the Noise’s music is often aggressive but always closely calibrated, with equal attention paid to searing melodies and killer riffs…”
“Enclave contains catchy hooks, clean riffs, and easy-to-digest vocal and lyrical content, all accessible to a casual, mainstream listener. But rather than simply appealing to a mass audience, the group’s incorporation of different musical elements adds much more to the mix…”
“Enclave may be accessible and radio-friendly, but it’s also a crisp document of excellent songcraft…”
“The single “Crooked Smile” is a very choice track. Featuring a subtle yet affecting bass line and an extremely dancy and propulsive beat, it’s impossible not to get lost in this songs dark grooves..”
“Attraction takes all of their strengths—new wave, power pop and a smidge of soul—and ties them all together in their strongest offering to date…”
“What sets The Noise FM apart from other area rock acts––bands with impressive music chops––is a vocal prowess that leaps out of the speakers, that leaves no corner of a dark rock club untouched…”
“If you’ve ever happened upon a Noise FM show, you know that these three dudes can bring it… The Noise FM is practically an anomaly: a polished modern-rock trio that values big riffs and big hooks, without sacrificing creativity.