Baltimore, Maryland 5-piece brutalizers Noisem are primed to have a banner year in 2014. Not only are these hometown heroes set to destroy the stage at A389’s annual bash during the label’s 10th anniversary festival in January, but the group was just tapped to perform on the insane lineup that composes Decibel Magazine’s 2014 tour, featuring none other than Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Gorguts. “That’s some mighty fine metal there, Lou.” Holy fuck!
Still a young group of guys, Noisem brought all of their collective youthful energy and pissed off attitude to their debut record, A389’s Agony Defined, which has garnered praise from virtually everyone who’s heard the tracks. Coupled with their crusher of a set at Maryland Deathfest this year, Noisem are clearly just starting their own blitzkrieg of metal domination. I could see an opening slot with Slayer in their future.
Prior to A389 and Decibel, I spoke with guitarist Sebastian Phillips and drummer Harley Phillips to talk about both insane lineups, Agony Defined, and (though Carcass is a mighty good start) who they’d most like to tour with in the future.
G- Hi there and thank you very much for taking the time to speak with Live High Five! Introduce the members in the group… Who is everyone, what do they play?
SP- Hi, I’m Sebastian Phillips and I play guitar.
HP-I am Harley Phillips, I play drums. Travis plays guitar, Yago plays bass and Tyler does vocals.
G- How long has Noisem been around and when did you first get started? Do you remember the moment that you really felt the group “click?”
SP- We’ve been a band for about 5 years now.
HP- We started around spring 2008 with a different name, and since then the name has changed numerous other times.
G- You are currently touring in support of your debut A389 release, Agony Defined. How has the reception been to the new songs, and have you noticed any fan favorites off of the record?
SP- Reception has been pretty good. Some nights people go crazier than other nights, but its all fun.
HP- I’ve heard a few people compliment our new songs on the last tour, so I guess at least some people like it.
G- Can you tell us about the recording process for the album? Where did you record it, who was behind the boards this time around, and how long did the release take to record and get ready for release?
SP- We recorded with Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations in Baltimore city. We recorded 9 songs in 2 and a half days in February and it was released June 23rd on A389 records.
HP- We originally intended to have it released before Maryland Deathfest this year in May so we had a limited edition of 100 records made for that. The record wasn’t in stores until June though.
G- And of course, you’re also slated to perform at the 10-year anniversary bash for A389 coming up in January. Any special plans for the show? Who are you most excited to see before/after
SP-Maybe a special guest but thats still up in the air. I am pumped to see Power Trip again, Full of Hell always rules, Weekend Nachos should be rad. Its always good to see Ilsa, Homewrecker, really all of the bands.
G- News also just came down that you’ll be appearing at Decibel Magazine’s 2014 tour to end all others, with Carcass, TBDM, and Gorguts… How did this come about, and what did it feel like when THAT call came in?!
SP- We got hooked up with this tour by Nick Storch who also got us on the Black Dahlia Murder and skeletonwitch tour. It was a secret that everybody we spoke to knew about but us for the longest time, Dom (Mr. A389) wanted it to be a surprise. I couldn’t and still can’t believe we were chosen for this tour.
G- Do you have a favorite song you have ever written? If you could only give 1 song to someone who’d never heard of you before, to try and make a new fan, what song would you give them and why?
SP- Hands down my favorite song is a new one we’ve been playing that hasn’t even been released yet. Its coming soon, look out for it.
HP- I would say our new song as well. We’ve been opening the set with it and it seems that it fits because it gets things rolling. The ending is by far the slowest part we’ve written so far.
G- 4 albums every fan of you should know about and why. Go!
SP- Reign in Blood, Consuming Impulse, Tortured Existence, and World Downfall. All heavy hitters.
G- You’re probably crossing a few off the list with your upcoming Decibel Magazine tour with Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Gorguts, but are there any bands or artists that you hope to share a bill with in the future?
SP- I hope for at least a US tour with our buds Full Of Hell, another Skeletonwitch tour would be pretty rad too.
G- What is the craziest or most memorable show that you have played to date? Where was it and what was it like?
SP- We headlined a house show in Baltimore at this place called the Perve Center (formerly Nerve center) and people started ripping out the drop ceiling tiles and dust filled the air everywhere. Shirts became masks to keep dust and tile particles out of our lungs. By far THE craziest show, definitely memorable.
G- Lastly, what advice can you give some of the young, up and coming bands everywhere who want to make it in music, on the road, and as a professional musician?
SP- Do what you want to. If you keep at it eventually something will happen. And play as many shows as you possibly can.