Trading in his traditional folk/acoustic style, Noah Gunderson is back with a fresh new vibe in his new single ‘The Sound’. And what a sound it is, the same desperation with a new energy; heavy drums, enticing synths and the same captivating vocals as ever, Noah has really got himself into a brilliant new form. With the new album ‘White Noise’ released on the 22nd September, it is hoped that this new sense will transpire throughout the LP.
Noah Gunderson is currently in the middle of his world tour, with UK shows later this week following through to Europe and his home country the US in October. Ahead of the album and tour, we managed to get a quick chat with the man himself.
Congratulations on your new single ‘The Sound! How does it feel to release it into the world?
I’m excited. Maybe a little bit relieved. It’s nice to finally have it out in the world after working for so long on this record.
Can you tell us a bit about how the track came together?
Chords were strummed, lyrics written, rhythms syncopated.
You’ve released a pretty cool video to go alongside the single, how did the concept for it come about?
I had a simple, sort of Lynchian concept involving objects in stasis. Christopher Harrell (director) took that initial idea and really expanded it into something beautiful and dynamic.
Your album ‘White Noise’ comes out at the end of September, how are you feeling about the release?
Again, excited. It’s been a long time coming. I’ve been living with this music for over a year now. It’s time to set it free into the world and begin the next thing.
Can you give us an insight into what we can expect from it?
Sci-fi thrash/black metal.
You’ve got a unique sound blending folk, soul and a bit of indie into one, how did this sound come about?
I bought a very expensive blender.
Could you explain a bit about your background into music?
I took piano lessons as a kid. Taught myself guitar as a vehicle to write songs. I started playing gigs around 15. Little coffee shops, bars, any place that would have me, really. Back then it was just about getting in front of people, anyone who would listen.
You’re coming back to play two shows in the UK next month, are you excited to be playing overseas?
I am. I get homesick, but I love Europe and the UK. I appreciate the subtle cultural differences. People at shows are very kind and attentive.
Having played a sold out London show earlier this year, how do UK shows differ from US ones?
Folks in the UK are incredibly polite. The hospitality across the board is better.
What are your plans for the rest of this year?
The album drops September 22nd. We start touring the states in the beginning of October, with rehearsals leading up to it. In the meantime, I’m producing a couple songs for an artist named Scott Ruth. I’m also doing my best to enjoy these last days of summer before I get busy.
Noah Gundersen Tour Dates…
Oct 5 – Boise, ID – The Olympic
Oct 6 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
Oct 7 – Ft. Collins, CO – Armory
Oct 8 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Oct 10 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café
Oct 12 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Oct 13 – Milwaukee, WI – The Back Room at Colectivo
Oct 14 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme
Oct 15 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
Oct 17 – Montreal, QC – The Belmont
Oct 18 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Oct 20 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Oct 21 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar
Oct 22 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
Oct 24 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
Oct 25 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theater
Oct 26 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
Oct 27 – Chattanooga, TN – Revelry Room
Oct 28 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Oct 29 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
Oct 31 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
Nov 2 – Houston, TX – The Heights Theater
Nov 3 – Dallas, TX – The Kessler Theater
Nov 4 – Austin, TX – Barracuda
Nov 6 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
Nov 8 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
Nov 9 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
Nov 10 – Eugene, OR – Hi-Fi Music Hall
Nov 11 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Nov 12 – Vancouver, BC – Imperial
Nov 17 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre