Dan Smith, Shingai Shoniwa, Jamie Morrison, playing ragged but energetic garage-influenced indie rock with the ferocity of punk but with a soulful, bluesy edge, the Noisettes were founded by guitarist Dan Smith and singer/bassist Shingai Shoniwa, who previously worked together in the band Sonarfly. While the pair already had a working relationship, in the spring of 2003 they began getting together to write songs, and their new project fell into place when they met drummer Jamie Morrison, whose manic approach matched Smith and Shoniwa’s brash, physical style but also left room for the latter’s diva-gone-wild vocals. Adopting the name the Noisettes, the trio started playing out in late 2003, and in 2004 went into the studio to record a four-song EP, The Three Moods of the Noisettes. In early 2005, the disc was released by the U.K. independent label Side Salad Records and attracted the attention of a number of well-known British acts, including Babyshambles, Bloc Party, and Muse, all of whom invited the group to tour with them. The disc also found appreciative ears at Universal Music, which signed the Noisettes to an international deal in 2006, releasing their material through Motown/Vertigo in Europe and Mercury in the United States. The group’s debut album, What’s the Time Mr. Wolf?, was released in February of 2007. The band returned in March 2009 with the single “Don’t Upset the Rhythm,” which introduced the Noisettes’ newfound pop polish and disco influences; later that spring the group’s second album, Wild Young Hearts, arrived.With Don’t Upset the Rhythm, London trio The Noisettes have brought the rhythm back to the dance floors and have even come close to topping the UK singles chart. The band’s breakthrough came when their song was featured in a car advert on TV. Now on their way to becoming household names, the trio are determined to make the most of their current success. Shingai and the boys have definitely set a great example for other young bands. During their last UK tour they even recruited local bands via their MySpace page to support them on stage. The Noisettes will be supporting Maximo Park on their tour next month with gigs across Europe and the UK.
London based, three piece band the Noisettes have been together for over 3 years with Dan Smith on lead guitar/vocals, Shingai Shoniwa on vocals/bass guitar and Jamie Morrison on drums. Their new single ‘Don’t Upset the Rhythm’ released on 23rd March, precedes the much anticipated new album ‘Wild Young Hearts,’ released 3rd week of June.
Already established as an exciting live performer, 21 year old Karima Francis’s debut album ‘The Author’ is released on 23 March. Performances of her debut album and irrepressible new single ‘Again’ have been showcasing her passion for melody and heartfelt lyrics, wowing audiences across the UK before she sets off on her own headline tour and guests on selected James Morrison UK tour dates.
The band, consisting of brothers Colin (drums), Steven Robinson (guitars, vocals) and Mark Williamson (bass), will join Bullet for My Valentine and Fightstar for the Kerrang supported event.
Ticketing information is as follows:
Tuesday 24 March 2009: Antony and the Johnsons with Florence and the Machine and V V Brown
Thursday 26 March 2009: Stereophonics, Noisettes and Karima Francis
Friday 27 March 2009: Kasabian plus special guests
Saturday 28 March 2009: Bullet for My Valentine with Fightstar and In Case of Fire
Sunday 29 March 2009: An evening of comedy hosted by Mathew Horne and James Corden with guests Noel Fielding, Sean Lock, Nick Mohammed and Jack Whitehall
Tickets are available from the following outlets:
Teenage Cancer Trust: www.teenagecancertrust.org UK 0871 231 0836
The Royal Albert Hall: www.royalalberthall.com uk 0845 401 5030
Gigs and Tours – www.gigsandtours.com
Q The Music – www.qthemusic.com
Absolute – www.absoluteradio.co.uk/tickets