Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Grownup Noise play the Middle East Upstairs

On Thurs. Feb. 21st, The Grownup Noise are honored to play at The Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge with legendary songwriter Freedy Johnston and Golden Bloom from NYC. 

The Grownup Noise has spent a good deal of the winter hard at work on their 3rd studio album, a follow up to 2011’s Scott Solter (Spoon, Okkerville River, St. Vincent) mixed and produced This Time With Feeling.   They have spent time between recording at Kissy Pig studios in Allston and various great sounding bedrooms, closets, and bathtubs throughout Boston. 

Freedy Johnston is probably best known for his albums “This Perfect World” and “Can you Fly”, which Rolling Stone and Spin hailed as masterpieces at the time.  This led to a string of hits, his signing to Elektra records, and a long and prosperous music career.  The Grownup Noise is honored to be sharing the stage with him. 

The band had a busy 2012 including a summer tour with buddies Golden Bloom and  Timmy Williams (of the Whitest Kids U Know). Last spring the band had a successful five-show stint at SXSW that included an official showcase opening for Tommy Stinson of the Replacements and Guns n’ Roses.

The Grownup Noise would love to extend a guest list spot invitation! Please contact for guest list, hi res-photos or any other information. 

The Grownup Noise’s best asset, however is the songwriting, with lines of love and the changing seasons coming out as gently and colorful as the music itself."
-The Onion, AV Club

“Boston’s the Grownup Noise are one of those perfectly named bands whose moniker sums up their aesthetic to a tee… It’s not surprising that theirs is a musicianship of the first order.”
- PopMatters

“This Time with Feeling stands apart on musical skill.”
- Flavorpill

The Grownup Noise Bio:

From self-titled 2007 debut up through 2011’s acclaimed, rousing This Time with Feeling, Boston’s the Grownup Noise have bridged the gap between Americana and indie-pop. During that half-decade, the 5 piece ensemble’s performed with everyone from Kill Rock Stars sensations Thao with the Get Down Stay Down to acclaimed Canadian barnstormers Rock Plaza Central and folk troubadours the Guggenheim Grotto. After releasing This Time with Feeling, which was mixed and produced by studio wizard Scott Solter (Spoon, Okkervil River, St. Vincent, John Vanderslice), the band spent most of ’11 crossing the U.S. on tour, and as they continue to support Feeling and ready new material, 2012 has remained just as busy. 

All five members of The Grownup Noise (Paul Hansen - vocals, guitar, keys; Adam Sankowski - bass, keys, vocals; Rachel Arnold - cello, vocals; and Aine Fujioka - drums, vocals), Dave Middleton (Pedal Steel, Keys) are multi-instrumentalists and equal contributors to Feeling’s umbrella of styles. 

Music from their debut was featured prominently during a seasonal climax of MTV’s The Real World, and The Tucson Weekly proclaimed that The Grownup Noise are “a band that revels in the beauty of a simple melody delivered with minimal enhancement for maximum emotional effect.” The Onion’s A.V. Club raved, “The Grownup Noise’s best asset is the songwriting, with lines of love and the changing seasons coming out as gently and colorful as the music itself." Boston’s The Weekly Dig wrote, “When this noise emerges from its shell, it feels so genuine in its simple emotion that you can't help but embrace it.”  

This past spring, the Grownup Noise celebrated their first appearance at SXSW, which was highlighted by an opening slot for Tommy Stinson of the Replacements and Guns N’ Roses, in addition to a slate of dates with Minneapolis alternative icons the Honeydogs. The Grownup Noise will be back on the road this summer, with their third release eminent on the horizon. Come out and see the band Flavorpill says reminds them of “late-'80s Scottish pop in the vein of Aztec Camera and Trash Can Sinatras” and whose growing discography “stands apart on musical skill.” 

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