How long ago was Noisem formed? And the band has recently gone through a name change. What can you tell us about that?
H. & S. Phillips > We formed in the summer of 2008 under of course, a different name and lineup but have basically been playing the same stuff. We recently changed our name from Necropsy because we wanted to. The only reason we kept that name around is because it was the only name we could all agree on at the time.
Everyone in the band seems to be relatively young. Are you guys even of legal drinking age yet?
H. & S. Phillips > Not yet.
I recently traveled to Baltimore to catch a great show with Windhand, Ilsa and yourselves among other bands. I was completely blown away with your musicianship and strong presence on stage. You guys go up there and just really enjoy yourselves on stage. Something that many bands do not express in their live performances.
H. & S. Phillips >Thanks man. We don't try to be anything other than ourselves and when we play it's a huge release of energy. The music moves us and we just look like dumbasses jumping around haha.
I believe the band has recently signed with A389 Records who has an impressive roster of bands under their belt. Would you mind elaborating on how this all came about?
H. & S. Phillips > This all happened when we were asked to play the 9th annual A389 bash. Dom approached us after we played and asked about our release through Black Mess and he asked if we would want to do anything with him as well. About a week after we got emails from him saying we have studio time booked and artwork on the way and that brings us to now.
Do you guys perform live as much as possible? Have you had the opportunity to go out and venture off on any sort of tour as of yet?
H. & S. Phillips > We play when we are asked to play or when we can. We have some tours in the works for this summer possibly.
Noisem will also be featured in this years edition of MDF XI. This has got to be an exciting opportunity for the band, playing in front of so many people. How do you feel about performing in front of such a large crowd?
H. & S. Phillips > It's a pretty big honor to have been the only unsigned band playing MDF, but now we are signed. It won't be any different from any other time we play except there will be more people watching and hopefully getting into it with us.
What can you tell us about your debut release coming out on A389?
H. & S. Phillips > Its going to be cool, so you should buy it. We recorded with Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations so you know its going to sound good.
Any studio moments or highlights that stand out? Are there any experiences learned this time in the studio that you would apply to future studio time?
H. & S. Phillips > The whole process was a breeze. Kevin was great to work with. There was this bitchin' Irish pub we ate at, shit was tight.
Name 5 albums that forever changed your life?
H. & S. Phillips >
- Slayer - Reign In Blood
- Exodus - Fabulous Disaster
- Evil Dead - Annihilation of Civilization
- Kreator - Pleasure to Kill
- and probably Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast
If Noisem would've been around 20 years ago, what bands would you have enjoyed sharing the stage with?
H. & S. Phillips > Possessed, that would be killer. I'd love to have played a show with Slayer, Kreator and Cannibal Corpse, that would also be killer.
What can you tell us about the Baltimore scene? Any bands you'd like to mention that manage to grab your attention?
H. & S. Phillips > It's great. Thriving with cool people and rad bands. We all really dig on Universal Remonster, Xozo/At the Graves, and Dead Gods. There are plenty more but that's a whole other interview.
What topics do you deal with lyrically?
H. & S. Phillips > You don't want to know. Horrifying shit, man.
Future plans for the band. 2013 and beyond?
H. & S. Phillips > Just keep on doing what we do, maybe some tours and of course the festivals we're doing. Maybe an EP later on if things go well.
Any last words or comments?
H. & S. Phillips > Thanks for the interview, mate.