Tell us about the songwriting process for No Such Noise. Is there a structure that the band follows for each song or does it just come naturally?
When we write a song, Joe and Mitch usually come up with the idea. They come with that mostly finished. Then we put it together. A lot of
the band has input. We either decide if it’s a good idea or a bad idea and pretty much go with it from there.
I notice at your shows, you seem to have really good crowd reception. Was there a show that just stood out in regards to that?
A show that had really good crowd reception would be our first show at a venue called The Test Tube. There was a huge crowd, everyone
was really into it, and we had the entire place jumping for one of our songs:“She’s More of a Slut than a Racist.”
How did you team up with that girl for “She’s more of a Slut than a Racist?”
Well we came up with the name for that song from our drummer. His ex girlfriend after they broke up was always really racist. After
she broke up with him, she immediately had sex with a black guy for drugs. Then our drummer randomly goes, “She’s More of a Slut than a Racist.” Ironically enough, after I broke up with my girlfriend, she had sex with our old saxophone player who’s black.
Going back to your shows, there was this dude wearing a huge panda bear costume. Who the hell was that? So funny.
That was our good friend Chris. He does merchandise for us sometimes when we have local shows. He’s a good friend of ours. He comes to a bunch of our shows. That’s a really good way to sell merchandise when you have a guy wearing a giant panda suit.
You have an EP out called Worst Birthday Ever. Tell us about the process of writing this record. What was your worst birthday ever?
I’m the guy who has the worst birthday ever so you’re asking the right person. With the writing, we had a few older songs that we were
throwing around and liked them a lot such as “Renaissance Man” and “Take the Cheesy Way Out.” Over the course of a 2-3 month period, we busted out “She’s more of a Slut than a Racist” and “Hypocrisy” and we wrote the title track in the studio. The whole writing process was pretty much a blur because it was written over a few months and just happened overtime. My worst birthday ever was when I was a sophomore in high school. I went to school and I was so excited about my birthday, but all my friends forgot about it. They just treated it like it was a normal day. My mom worked at my school so she would drive me. She didn’t say anything in the car. Then I had band practice because they forgot it was my birthday. They didn’t even ask if I had any plans or anything. We were there until 9:00PM because a member didn’t show up until
then. At that point nothing was going right. I didn’t get to play Mario Kart. Everyone else played, but didn’t let me play. My mom picked me up and still didn’t remember it was my birthday. I go “thanks for the happy birthday.” She was like “o shit.”
How did you come up with your name?
I came up with it in my chemistry class. My teacher was complaining about people talking. I wrote in this little notebook “No Such
Noise.” At that point, we were under another name. After switching a few members and moving our practice space, we decided that we were a different band. We started writing different style songs. My drummer was going through my drawings and came across it and thought it was pretty good. Everyone else agreed.
By Gerard Ucelli