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INTERVIEW: Man Called Noon

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?:

Thanks for having us! We’ve been good. Tired but doing very well.

Can you talk to us more about your new single “Everybody Move”?

We’ve been playing the song live since last winter and had gotten a great response from it. I believe the first place we played it was at House of Blues Chicago. I remember looking into the crowd and everybody was jumping up and down by the start of the chorus. It was a special moment and made us feel good. You take the wins where you can get them in this business. We had never played a crowd that size before and certainly not that many people dancing. But that was the purpose of writing it. We wanted something that would make people move.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

Lyrically I just wanted something simple and positive, but grounded in some hard truths. The idea of wanting to get out of the way from our own mental or inner struggles was appealing. To try and improve your standing in life and discovering that the closest people to you can be the ones that want to hold you back, or maybe even see you fail. Love can be an entrapment. People can love you and want to see you fail at the same time. Change can be a scary thing for people even when it’s not a change within them. Watching someone else change can put a persons world on tilt. It makes them confront parts of themselves they might rather not. It’s comfortable to have your closest friends and loved ones stay where they are so that life can have some stability.

Musically it was the majority of us in the room at the same time and we just started playing. We jammed for a moment and something started to form. Every once in awhile a song pops up that way. We probably had the majority of the structure of the song in that practice. It came quick.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We do! It’s being edited right now. We believe it should be ready to launch the first week of November. It will be another first for us.

Why naming the album after this song in particular?

We new it was catchy and very poppy and wanted people to give it their first listen when picking up the EP. We also loved the juxtaposition of the front cover image with the images that the title “Everybody Move” conjures. We got the cover from a close friend and thought it was perfect. A little morbid, confusing, thoughtful and humorous – perfect! Everybody Move…and there is a casket coming out of a hearse with a confused girl staring back at you. It’s interesting.

How was the recording and writing process?

We worked with Stephen Shirk at Shirk Studios here in Chicago. It was a great from start to finish. Stephen and that studio honestly just have a way of putting any concerns and fears to rest.  We had worked there before when recording out last album “The Bad Guy” so it was a natural fit.

The writing process is a team effort. Certain ideas come from different people at different times. We are a large band so it can be complicated but I think one of our strengths is our ability to listen openly to each idea, narrow it down, and adjust as the songs start to form.

This time around we knew we were going to do an EP instead of a full album so we wanted a couple catchy songs up front. So it was fun trying to write and adjust to a pop-forward mentality.

What role does Chicago play in your music?

It’s where we live. This is where we eat, drink, and sleep. The majority of our daily inspiration comes from the people we interact with in this city and the places and neighborhoods we traverse through. The good and the bad, its politics and problems, it’s all there and within us. The city has heart and we try to find it.

Known for playing with different genres – how do you tend to balance them altogether?

Poorly? Haha. We aren’t known for throwing ideas or songs away because, “This doesn’t sound like us.” Its stifling to do that. We just want to write songs that we feel would be fun to play out and would be interesting to record. We all have an interest in many different genres and love to explore them and see how they fit together. I think our live shows and crowds reflect that. We want to keep people interested and we want to keep ourselves interested. From song to song, from genre to genre, we want to string together an experience and a story that resonates with everyone in the room. Hopefully we can do that more often then not.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

We’ll get our inspiration from anywhere we can. Other bands we admire. A good book, a podcast, the day at your job, the night at your bar, you know whatever moves you. Take mental note of it and use it. Leaning into the influences of your own life will have an affect on the progressions written and the metaphors you are trying to tackle on paper.

Any plans to hit the road?

This spring! Excited about doing it. Will be fun. We’ll keep everyone posted.

What else is happening next in Man Called Noon’s world?

Well we are currently on college radio charts right now. Big thanks to Tinderbox music for all the help with that! It’s a nice thing. Its great promotion for us and gives us moments where we can pat ourselves on the back a little.  We are also excited about the music video coming out very soon.  It will be our first. We’ll be releasing an EP or full length once a year now and the plan is to have a music video for each. Its fun and we like working with video. We already have a youtube web-series 123, you can find on our youtube channel. We interview local artists and play games. Just trying to find interesting ways to promote, while keeping ourselves interested.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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