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We interview the young British quartet Noah And The Loners

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We interview the young British quartet Noah And The Loners

“A Desolate Warning” (Marshall Records, 24) is the letter of introduction of the young band Noah And The Loners. Blooming from a punk seed planted in the United Kingdom, the quartet offers us a proposal as powerful as the volume of their guitars.

Shortly after his tour of our country, Noah Lonergansinger of the band, along with the drummer Noah Riley They show us how this path is going towards all the scenarios in the world.

You are a very young band. How did you come about creating Noah And The Loners?
(Noah Lonergan) With Amber, the bassist of the group, we have been friends since we were four years old, we even had a previous band from fourteen to seventeen. When the idea for Noah And The Loners came about, I was studying at the Music College in London and I simply went class by class looking for volunteers. When I asked, only two volunteers showed up, I saw their hands raised at the back of the class and there I met them.
(Noah Riley) I think it should have been written in the stars, from the first moment we fit together great. We understand each other very well and we know how to give each other our space. We understand what each person is like and their way of doing things.

It’s the first time you’ve released an EP. How do you feel about it and what are your expectations?
(Riley) We are very excited. It’s a very different experience than releasing singles. It’s very exciting to be able to release them all together, something with a full body. After releasing each single, our listeners always asked for more and we can finally give you more
(Lonergan) It’s very nice to be able to present an entire piece. Everything was designed to present itself like this and be able to say: “This is us.” We have been able to present ourselves in different styles and samples. To date we have only presented a part of ourselves, but in this epé there are new styles that we also want to represent the band.

“Sometimes they are surprised and when they see us as teenagers they may believe that we don’t know what we are talking about”

Therefore, the EP has not been a selection of random songs. Did you create them thinking about the idea of ​​presenting them together?
(Lonergan) During composition no. Deciding that an EP was best, we looked at all the material we had and realized they made a lot of sense together. We have much more material that has not seen the light of day but that nevertheless did not quite fit.

What has it been like to compose together?
(Riley) Each composition came about very differently. Sometimes Noah [Lonergan] I came with something in my head like in “Crash Landing”, which came out in practically twenty minutes. Others like “Just Kids” have been composed in our notebooks for four years. In “Hell Of A Day” what happened to us is that we were clear about the lyrics but it was difficult for us to find the right music. Just as the lyrics say “everything was chaos.” But it has had a great result.
(Riley) Until now we have never sat down to write. One has an idea, together we evolve it and we see. When it happens, it happens.

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In that case, do you think “A Desolate Warning” is a good cover letter?
(Lonergan) Totally, not only in stylistic issues and different genres but also with the messages we want to give. Political messages, also personal experiences and experiences as a band. Three very diverse messages that we want to bring to the world.

In “Just Kids” you talk about the helplessness of feeling like you are looked down upon for being younger. When was the last time you felt that way in music?
(Lonergan) When we went to South By Southwest last year. We felt that the rest of the bands didn’t take us seriously despite playing on the same stages as them. I think it’s intimidating for them to see someone much younger talking about the same topics and criticizing the same things as them. Sometimes they are surprised and when they see us as teenagers they may believe that we don’t know what we are talking about. But we have everything very clear.

And do you think that for that same reason, because you are “Just Kids”, you can discover new realities that more adult bands cannot?
(Lonergan) I think so. Our generation is in contact with problems that other generations were not. For example, with climate change it will be our turn to live in a broken world that is being broken by those older than us. We are the ones who can make a difference, therefore, why not talk about these issues and express ourselves about it? This is also why we believe that young people cause this distrust in others, since they may assume they are being referred to with some of our messages.

“The government will never be up to the task and, whenever that happens, punk will come back and gain strength again”

Continuing with the songs, in “Crash Landing” the legendary phrase “Punks Not Dead” appears. How would you describe the influence of punk on the new generations?
(Riley) I think in the UK that feeling is reviving. There are many bands that are emerging and releasing very good music. That is the best example that punk is still very relevant. There is a change with respect to the original and pure punk, which perhaps already had its time, but punk continues to transform. It’s a whole movement and it’s changing. The government will never be up to the task and whenever that happens, punk will come back and gain strength again. I don’t think it will return like it did in the seventies, but through new formulas and transformations.

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Why punk? What were and are your main inspirations?
(Lonergan) We just believe that if we hadn’t chosen punk, he would have found us. When we are angry and frustrated we want music that supports this feeling and it makes sense that our message is presented in this way. Our message must sound something, accompanied by drums and guitars
(Riley) Our biggest inspiration is the music of our city, Brighton. We are getting to know more and more bands from here and a very stimulating community has been created, full of music and ideas.

As you mentioned, some songs are written from a very personal point. What is it like to open yourself in this way to share your inner feelings?
(Lonergan) I think there is no point in expressing yourself if you don’t get completely naked. “Losing My Head” and “You Make Me (Fall Apart)” were very hard and difficult to write, but now they are the ones I enjoy singing the most. It’s my therapy. It is healing.

A few weeks ago you did your first European tour, passing through four Spanish cities. What was it like to leave your comfort zone and tour for the first time?
(Riley) The truth is that it was a great experience. They were very intense days, in a few days we visited many cities. Four cities in four days. During the day we were very tired but it was just stepping foot on stage and we were filled with energy. We thought we would be alone in the rooms and all the places were practically full so it was very surreal for us. We didn’t understand that people from another country were at our concert. It was incredible.

What was it like to play the songs for the first time in front of an audience like the Spanish one. What were your favorites to play?
(Lonergan) It was amazing. The songs work great. We already wrote them thinking about the live show, it’s what we like to do the most. Since we created them we were already thinking directly about what the moment would be like to play them live. “You Make Me (Fall Apart)” is the band’s favorite for sure. There’s a part that speeds up and it’s totally crazy. An atmosphere is generated in which we all have to do the best we know how to do to make the song work and it is completely crazy and the audience also enjoys it very much.

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