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Noisettes

Noisettes at Stubbs BBQ SXSW, 16 March 2006
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Indie rock
Rock
Post-punk revival
Pop
Soul
Years active 2003–present
Labels Mercury Records
Website www.thenoisettes.co.uk
Members
Shingai Shoniwa (vocals, Bass)
Dan Smith (backing vocals, Lead Guitar)
Toby (drums)

Noisettes (occasionally written as NOISEttes to mark the difference in pronunciation from noisette - a cooking term meaning hazelnut flavoured) are an indie rock band from London comprising singer and bassist Shingai Shoniwa, guitarist Dan Smith, and drummer Jamie Morrison. The band first achieved commercial success and nationwide recognition with the second single of their second album, "Don't Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go)" which reached number two on the UK Singles Chart in Spring 2009.

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History

The band formed in 2003 when guitarist Smith and singer Shoniwa of the band Sonarfly began playing and writing together, along with drummer Morrison (formerly of Living With Eating Disorders, Willis, Six Toes, Jaywalk Buzz and others). The three had previously attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon together [1]. They quickly formed a reputation for being one of the rowdiest live acts in London.[2]

Early feedback about the band was largely positive. Entertainment Weekly placed the band on its November 2005 list of "Six Indie Brit Bands on the Cusp," and said the band "sound[s] like high-drama, heavily syncopated swagger-and-sway rock, spearheaded by incandescent frontwoman Shingai Shoniwa."[3] In a March 2006 article on UK bands, USA Today said, "The incendiary Shingai Shoniwa leads this London blues-punk band, known for its feral and explosive live show."[4]

Dan Smith performing in Atlanta

Noisettes along with Paul Weller, Graham Coxon, The Smiths's Andy Rourke, and members of New Young Pony Club and Supergrass performed an exclusive rendition of a specially created track, alongside their own material, to raise money for the homelessness charity Crisis Consequences. The event was hosted at Camden's Roundhouse on 2 March 2008, and organized by Pearl Lowe.[5] Noisettes also performed at the SXSW showcasing three of their new songs from their new album (which is said to be released sometime this year. The were part of the NME/Transgressive party at the Wave venue on 13 March 2008. The set including their hit songs Scratch Your Name and Sister Rosetta, with three new songs: Beat Of My Heart, IWE, and Atticus.[6] Noisettes performed at two day music festival Camden Crawl on 18 April 2008.[7]

In January 2009 the song Don't Upset The Rhythm appeared on the advert for the Mazda 2. The song was the second single from their second album Wild Young Hearts. The album was released on 20 April 2009.

On 5 February 2009 the band released a new single Saturday Night. Video for this song was shot solely on more than a hundred mobile phones. The best footage is available for everybody to make their own video for the song at Shotbyfans.com.

For the release of the soundtrack to the winter 2009 Musical film Nine, they recorded a 50s pop-style song titled "Io Bacio... Tu Baci"

The Noisettes' Never Forget You is featured in the DFS furniture advertising campaign.

Touring

Shingai Shoniwa performing in Atlanta

Noisettes have toured Europe and the United States extensively, with the likes of TV on the Radio, Tom Vek, Babyshambles, Bloc Party and the Mystery Jets. They supported Muse on a UK and European arena tour in November and December 2006, and toured the UK to promote the release of their debut album What's the Time Mr. Wolf? in February 2007. Noisettes also appeared at the Coachella festival on 27 April 2007 and performed at the Reading and Leeds Festivals on the NME/Radio 1 Stage in August. Noisettes also made their US television debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on 2 April 2007. Shingai Shoniwa has provided backing vocals for many bands including Guillemots songs Made Up Love Song #43 and Over the Stairs. Noisettes song, Scratch Your Name was featured on the finale episode of The Sopranos in 2007. As well, another Noisettes song was in a Bionic Woman episode.

Noisettes were set to start their first North American headlining tour but cancelled due to over-touring.[8] They still performed at the Detour Music Festival on 6 October 2007, which included a new track titled Motion in the Ocean.

The band are set to undertake a UK tour prior to the release of Wild Young Hearts, and have taken the unusual step of using their Myspace blog to appeal for local bands to appear as support acts on this tour.[9] These included Paul Dixon in Manchester, This Beautiful thief in Birmingham, Emily Breeze in Bristol, Young Fathers, Jack Butcher in Glasgow and I Am A Cult Hero in Dublin.[10]

On Friday 12th June 2009, the Noisettes performed in the "Big Top" as part of the "Girls Night Out" at the Isle of Wight Festival (the eighth), promoted by John Giddings (Solo Productions). Other artistes that night were Pixie Lott, Eddie Reader, Alesha Dixon, LadyHawke, Beverley Knight and finally Bananarama

On 28 June 2009, Noisettes played the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England as well as an acoustic version of Never Forget You backstage for the BBC. Noisettes toured as main support with Lady GaGa during the European leg of her Fame Ball Tour in July 2009.

On 5 July 2009 Noisettes performed a set on the main stage at Wireless 2009 in London's Hyde Park.

On 17 July 2009 Noisettes played Never Forget You on The Jonathan Ross Show on BBC1.

On 11 August 2009 Noisettes performed Never Forget You on The Wendy Williams Show [11].

On 24 September 2009, Noisettes played "Don't Upset the Rhythm" on The Ellen Show.

On 28 September 2009, Noisettes were featured on the CW's One Tree Hill- Season 7 Episode 4 "Believe Me, I'm Lying".

Since the summer of 2009, the band have been tour managed by Rock Photographer Peter Hill.

During the band's 2010 February tour of the UK they have been performing with a new drummer without any explanation.

Discography

Studio albums

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External links

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Simple English

The Noisettes are a band from England. They mostly play rock and alternative rock. With Shingai Shoniwa singing and playing bass guitar guitar, Dan Smith playing guitar, and Jamie Morrison who drums.

They released their first EP Three Moods of the Noisettes in April of 2005 on the independent record label Side Salad Records which led to signing internationally with Universal Music Group, who released the EP in the US on the Low Altitude imprint.

Noisettes have performed in Europe and the United States with bands such as TV on the Radio, Tom Vek, Babyshambles, Bloc Party and the Mystery Jets, and Muse. In 2007 the band released their first album What's the Time Mr. Wolf?.

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Discography

CDs

  • What's the Time Mr. Wolf? (5th February 2007) UK #75, (April 17th 2007 in the U.S)
  • Three Moods of the Noisettes (11th April 2005)
  • What's The Time Mini-Wolf? (26th December 2006) - Digital download exclusive to iTunes
  • Wild Young Hearts (April 20, 2009), UK #7

Singles

  • "IWE" (30th January 2006)
  • "Scratch Your Name" (12th June 2006) Re-release May 7th 2007.
  • "Don't Give Up" (20th November 2006) UK #73
  • "Sister Rosetta (Capture The Spirit)" (29th January 2007) UK #63
  • "The Count of Monte Christo" (September 3, 2007)
  • "Wild Young Hearts" (December 29, 2008)
  • "Don't Upset The Rhythm" (March 23, 2009) UK #2
  • "Never Forget You[ (June 15, 2009)

Videos

  • "IWE" (March 2006)
  • "Don't Give Up"(March 2006)
  • "Sister Rosetta (Capture The Spirit)" (March 2007)
  • "Scratch Your Name" (May 2007)
  • "The Count of Monte Christo" (August 2007)
  • "Wild Young Hearts" (December 2008)
  • "Don't Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go)" (January 2009)
  • "Never Forget You" (May 2009)

Other websites

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