That Noble Fury

That Noble Fury

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandAlternativeChamber

Heady piano & guitar driven pop meets eclectic and melodic alt-rock: songwriting of the 60's, scale of the 70's & 80's, angst of the 90's & 00's, updated for a new generation of rock lovers.

That Noble Fury will change your mind as to the scope of contemporary rock music: see tracks "Parachute Jumper", "Nice To See You Alive", and "Charlie", or just dive right in and experience the whole thing.

Biography

- Sold out gigs at The Middle East (Boston) and Arlene's Grocery (NYC)

- Played to capacity at The Bitter End (NYC), subsequently invited to play back-to-back years for New Year's Eve

- Accepted to Pandora's Music Genome Project

- Featured artist on Boston's 92.5 The River

- Won "Band of the Month" for The Deli Magazine - New England

- Featured on AOL Music's Listening Party

- Nominee for "Emerging Artist of the Year" (Honorable Mention) for The Deli Magazine - New England

about the band:
That Noble Fury is the brainchild of songwriters, singers, and multi-instrumentalists Anthony Blaha and Tom Fellows who met on their first day as students at Johns Hopkins University.

Now as a full-fledged five-piece, That Noble Fury has been taking the northeast by storm with their energetic and genuinely moving live show.

about the album:
The band's debut album, That Noble Fury, is a musical magical mystery tour ranging from the whimsical pop of “My Elephant” to the jagged angularity of “Parachute Jumper,” from the radio-ready The Killers-meet-Squeeze romance of “License to Kiss” to the chamber-pop suite of “Nice to See You Alive.”

Call it heady pop. What else would you expect from a pair of college alumni, one who majored in mathematics and economics, with a minor in entrepreneurship and management and Italian studies (Tom), while the other studied theatre under the legendary John Astin and graduated from the school’s prestigious writing seminars department with a classics minor (Anthony)?

That Noble Fury's self-titled debut is a musical message in a bottle, confronting issues of modern-day isolation, alienation, and loneliness. The album boasts an eclectic palette that packs the stacked harmonies and complex arrangements of the Beatles and Queen with the moody alternative angst of Smashing Pumpkins, striving to connect and find a common culture through a wide scope redolent of modern rockers such as MGMT, Foster the People, Arcade Fire, and Spoon.

“I love albums you can listen to and get lost in for an hour,” says Anthony, who grew up playing a second-hand piano and making recordings in his bedroom in rural Pennsylvania. “Each song stands on its own, but this album is meant to be experienced as a whole and, hopefully, you come out of it feeling a little different, either viscerally or mentally: starting in one place and ending in another.”

That is exactly what the listener experiences throughout That Noble Fury. The album opens with “Parachute Jumper,” the story of a young man who goes into the army, and moves through fourteen tracks like the darkly sensual “Room By Room”, the cabaret-punk of “Boy Get Back”, the poppy piano and string combination of “In California”, and ends with the haunting “Sail On” and its ensuing rush of strings and electronics which bring the album to a climactic close.

“Each song takes on its own persona,” adds Tom, who began playing piano in fourth grade and went on to pick up the guitar and sing in a cappella groups in high school and then college. “They’re really about ourselves and our growth, the different experiences we’ve had with friends and loves, and the changes we’ve gone through.”

One hears that perspective in “Charlie” or the acoustic “Stars and Stars,” with their intimations of how the past impacts the present, as the lingering presence of those long gone continues to influence the living.

“John Lennon died in 1980, before I was born,” relates Anthony, “and he is still the single most important artistic influence on my life. Even though I never actually met him, I still have this connection and ‘ownership’ of him through his work, which is both real and not real.”

That Lennon/McCartney influence can be heard on the one-two punch of “North”, a surreal builder that rises and falls, and the sardonic ditty “Barbershoppe”, which evokes the music hall strains of Sgt. Pepper and Sweeney Todd. The album features several numbers which echo of musical theater antecedents such as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof), all influences on Anthony, who is also a member of Actors’ Equity.

“You can’t help but have the two overlap in your brain,” says Anthony of his dual interest in music and theater, "Intentional or not, they are bound to influence each other in some way or another."

Produced by Jason Cummings with Anthony and Tom, the album was cut principally at the famed Cutting Room Studios in Manhattan. Among the musicians who helped achieve That Noble Fury’s wide-screen vision are guitarist Thad DeBrock, bassist Jack Daley [Lenny Kravitz], drummer/percussionist Steven Wolf [Katy Perry, Rufus Wainwright], and Grammy-winning violinist Phil Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet.

Lyrics

Parachute Jumper

Written By: That Noble Fury

Hey mom I'm a parachute jumper
High over the power lines
Do what we have to to get by
I'm here with a first rate regiment
But lousy machinery
Once more to make you proud of me

Was this a feeling that you couldn't say
Were you trying to make it on your own
Please
And what did you expect to find
Some kind of miracle
It's not enough

Surprise what a delicate subject
Hip-hip for uranium
We've fashioned quite a cozy home
Into a bomb

Here's one for the Colbert Nation
Here's one for the satellites
Here's one for all those lonely nights/knights

Is there a reason that you couldn't stay
Were you trying to make it on your own
Please

All it does
Is put us against a wall
All it does is
Put us against a wall
All it does
Is put us against a wall
And don't we all feel
Fine

(Show them in. Next please!)

Alright sing it
Already
Stand tall would you
Stand ready to fall
Touche would you please please touch me
He's out of line out of line out of line

He's too scared (he’s too scared)
He's too cheeky (so pretty)
He's all smiles while he's out selling us all
Touche would you please please touch me
He's out of line out of line to the back of the line

Hey mom I'm the parachute jumper
Caught here in the power lines
I tried my best to stay alive
Goodbye to the ones forever lost
Goodbye to the ones we lose
Maybe I'll make the evening news

All it does
Is put us against a wall
All it does is
Put us against a wall
And all it does
Is put us against a wall
And no we won't turn over
Til' it's over baby
All it does
Is put us against a wall
All it does is
Put us against a wall
All it does
Is put us against a wall
And don't we all feel
Loved
And don't we all feel loved

My Elephant

Written By: That Noble Fury

Girl
I believe in your name
I believe in the good that comes
Each and every day

Girl
I believe in your light
I believe in the way it shines
Each and every night
Yeah, yeah

Girl
I believe in your brain
I believe in the way you smile
When I say your name

And love
Yes I believe in that fairy tale
I believe in a life to come
And every wishing well
Well well

She's my elephant
That girl's my elephant
Yeah, yeah-yeah
She moves effortlessly
She moves so effortlessly

Girl (I believe it)
I'm believing in this (I can feel it)
I believe in the light that comes to turn us in
To lovers

If you can’t
Or if you won't
Don't say you do not
Or do say you don't
Hell I don’t mind
Baby we got time

She's my elephant
That girl's my elephant
(Go on with you)
(I'm on to you)
Yeah, yeah
She moves effortlessly
She moves so effortlessly

I
No I don't mind
How it looks
Through their eyes
Cause all
I can see
In this gray world
Is my gray girl

She's my elephant
She is my elephant

And she moves effortlessly
She moves so effortlessly

Girl
I believe in your light
I believe that a day becomes
A swift approaching night

Charlie

Written By: That Noble Fury

Charlie get your way back to school
Everybody loves you over there
All your enemies gone
They've grown up or run away

Charlie get your way back to work
Everybody wants you over there
All your money is gone
But everyone loves your songs

And when the world you love starts kicking you down . . .

Charlie get your way back to earth (We really love you even now)
Everyone's delighted now you’re here (We really love you now)
All the dreams that you made
Well a place has been saved for you

But when the world you love starts kicking you down
Hey Charlie get up
And sing for me that song that you wrote
Which we'd love to hear now

(Interlude)

And when the world you love starts kicking you down
Hey Charlie get up
And sing for me that song that you wrote
Which we'd love to hear now

You're just something else

License to Kiss

Written By: That Noble Fury

She told me to
Fly with the night train
See we're both the same
Sing what's on my mind
She tried to get me to safe ground
Knowing that I'd be fine

I lost my
License to kiss you
Darling I miss you
And what I need to know
Please just don't let me go and
See that I love you
And heaven above you now

She looks like a prom queen
In Seventeen magazine
Even in her jeans
She always starts a scene

She calls me “uneasy”
To ceaselessly tease me
But what she doesn't see
Is what it does to me

Her words when she calls me
Her hands when she wants me
Her body that loves me
Yet she's so far above me

And her words are still hollow
There's too much to swallow
I won't run from the sorrow and I'll still
Love her tomorrow

I lost my
License to kiss you
Darling I miss you
And what I need to know
Please just don't let me go and
See that I love you
And heaven above you now

She looks like a drag queen
In dirty magazines
Maybe it's in the genes
She always makes me scream

She never berates me yet
She obviously hates me
But what she doesn't see
Is that it's killing me

When she calls me
Her hands when she wants me
Her body that loves me
Yet she's so far above me

And her words are still hollow
There's too much to swallow
I won't run from the sorrow and
I'll still love her tomorrow

I lost my
License to kiss you
Darling I miss you
And what I need to know
Please just don't let me go and
See that I love you
And heaven above you now

Brace yourself for the ultimate mental pain
Brace yourself for forty nights of rain
Brace yourself and face what's left inside, inside
Brace yourself and you'll be safe in time

I lost my license to kiss you
And darling I miss you
And what I need to know
Please just don't let me go and
See that I love you
And heaven above you now

(Still even now, I lost myself somehow)
My license to kiss you
And darling I miss you
And what I need to know
Please just don't let me go and
See that I love you
And heaven above you now

I lost my license to kiss you
And darling I miss you
And what I need to know
Please just don't let me go and
See that I love you
And heaven above you now

Stars and Stars

Written By: That Noble Fury

Two won't look at the world
Half as much as one
But it's so easy to see
One and one make two and none
I'm not ready to go
I'm still trying to heal
You are only a screen
But I have never felt more real

But how does it feel
You're in the movies
You're everyone's tonight
But how does is feel
To be in movies
What good are movies
Tonight
When I want you

Looking back at the world
All we see are stars and stars
But it's so easy to see
All of us, that's all we are

So how does it feel
You're in the movies
And I'm alone
Tonight
How does it feel
They're only movies
At least in movies
Tonight
I'm with you

In California

Written By: That Noble Fury

Hold your breath
And wait for me
I've been here before
It looks familiar
Smells the same
All I know is
I can't do this again

Cause I'm no match for you
And you're no match for me
And all I'm trying to do
Is just preserve a scrap of dignity

I wish you stayed
In California
I wish you stayed
In California
Pack up, go, leave
Cause nobody wants you
Nobody wants you here

Yes I'm sure
That's how it is
Easy enough to say
If you have thoughts
Then please say them
Cause if I leave
I won't be back again

Cause I'm no match for you
And you're no match for me
And all I'm trying to do
Is just preserve a scrap of dignity

I wish you stayed
In California
I wish you stayed
In California
Pack up, go, leave
Cause nobody wants you
Nobody wants you here

But you sit beside me
In polaroids and I scream
Don't go erasing
Everything we've had please
Now
Don't you turn around
Don't you walk away
How soon we lose all we have

And you sit beside me
In memories and I scream
Don't go erasing
Everything we’ve done please
Now
Don't you turn around
Don't you walk away
How soon we lose all we had

I wish you stayed
In California
I wish you stayed
In California
Pack up, go, leave
Cause nobody wants you
Nobody wants you here
Except me
(Except me)

The Matador

Written By: That Noble Fury

When you think you've got the world in a small silver basket
When you're looking at the world so violently
When you think you'll cure the world with one silver bullet
But you're looking at the world so violently
And then you turn around (turn around)
And you race for the sewer
You turn around (turn around)
Turn around from me
And then you turn around (turn around)
And race for the sewer
You turn around, turn around, turn around so quickly

And wasn't he young
And wasn't he smart
And nobody loved like the matador
Everyone knew
And everyone prayed
And everyone sings what's the metaphor

It's hanging above you
Blackout and love you (hey what)
Don't you feel it
You feel it
You're floating on energy
And everyone loves you
Everyone does
And everyone’s screaming your name
They all love you

He's thinking everyone's just so much better than me
Everyone's just so much better than me

And wasn't he young
And wasn't he smart
And nobody loved like the matador
Everyone knew
They saw it all coming
And everyone sings what's the metaphor

It's hanging above you
Blackout and love you (hey what)
Don't you feel it
You feel it
You're floating on energy
And everyone loves you
Everyone does
And everyone's screaming your name

I'm just a little bit existential
A little bit underground
Don't you hear what I'm saying
Turn around and face me
Don't you go replacing me

I'm a little bit extra special
It goes without saying
Please don't deny what I'm praying
Turn around and face me
Don't you go replacing me

Hold me
Hold me
Hold me

And wasn't he young
And wasn't he smart
And nobody loved like the matador
Keep him alive, please,
Keep his heart going
And everyone sings
What's the metaphor

It’s hanging above you
Black out and love you (hey what)
Don't you feel it
You feel it
You're floating on energy and
Everyone loves you
Everyone does
And everyone's screaming your name (oh)

And wasn't he young (young)
And wasn't he smart (smart)
And nobody loved like the matador
Everyone knew
And yet they did nothing
And everyone sings
What's the metaphor

It's hanging above you
Black out and love you (hey what)
Don't you feel it
You feel it
You're floating on energy and
Everyone loves you
Everyone does
And everyone's screaming your name
They all loved you

Discography

My Elephant (Single)

Parachute Jumper (Single)

My Elephant (Music Video)

That Noble Fury (Album)

Set List

Cutout
Parachute Jumper
Room By Room/Breakdown
My Elephant
North
Barbershoppe
Charlie
Daggers
Boy Get Back
Nice to See You Alive
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Cadenza/The Matador
Sail On