A Whisper in the Noise

A Whisper in the Noise


"By turns pretty, melancholic, sad and charming, A Whisper in the Noise evokes a lullaby only half remembered, and the half remembered suggests a companion melody that (though unheard) is somehow unspeakably sad." - Steve Albini


Ever since their inception nearly 6 years ago, A Whisper In The Noise have been almost completely self reliant with a DIY treatment of all things band related. It's exactly this type of hard work and perseverance that has molded the group into the amazing and brilliant artists they are today. The often described "orchestral garage rock" band from Hanska, Minnesota, give an extremely humble and personal touch to gorgeous, string-laden rock music.

Influenced by artists ranging from Bob Dylan and Roger Waters to Philip Glass and Arvo Part, A Whisper In The Noise was formed in 2002 by West Thordson, who grew up on a large patch of farmland in the rural Minnesota town of Hanska (population 365). As an adult, Thordson moved into the abandoned elementary school he attended as a boy, where he composed in the music room in which he'd played as a child and wandered the empty halls at night. This dark, dramatic sense of loneliness and solitude informs the moody, atmospheric sound of the music he makes with bandmates Matt Irwin (drums) amd Hannah Murray (violin).

Within a year of forming, the band had released its debut album Through The Ides Of March, which was recorded in two days and produced by the legendary Steve Albini, who later took the band to Europe to open a string of shows for Shellac. The album earned comparisons to art rock bands such as Sigur Ros and Mogwai, and also garnered them a performance slot at Europe's All Tomorrow's Parties festival. The band's second album As The Bluebird Sings saw them further expanding their experimental sound and covering Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'." Produced by Tom Herbers (Low, Soul Asylum, The Jayhawks, Victoria Williams), the album was released in the spring of 2006. The recordings drew the attention of M. Night Shyamalan, who featured music by the band in his film Lady In The Water.

In 2007 the band has composed their most accomplished album Dry Land. Also produced by long-time friend Steve Albini, the album, chiming in at 11 tracks and 55 minutes, has received critical acclaim ,appearing on many best of 2007 lists. In support of this release, AWITN recently completed their third and most extensive European tour throughout March and April of 2008.


Through the Ides of March - 2002
2d - 2004
As the Bluebird Sing - 2006
Dry Land - 2007

Set List

A Whisper in the Noise performs sets of all original music, ranging from 25 minutes to 2 hours.