The Grownup Noise

The Grownup Noise

 Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
BandAlternativeIndie

Dedicated to creating new music that truly connects with both the fanatical and the casual, "pop music, hold the cheese"

Biography

The Grownup Noises best asset, however is the songwriting, with lines of love and the changing seasons coming out as gently and colorful as the music itself."
-The Onion, AV Club

Highlights:

- 2012 saw the band playing an official SXSW showcase with Tommy Stinson of The Replacements and touring down and back to Austin with Golden Boy, featuring Elliot Smith's guitar player, Shon Sullivan.

- The band has embarked on 6th national tours and have performed at notable venues around the country including The Middle East Downstairs (Boston), Public Assembly (NYC), Satellite (LA), Subterranean (Chicago), The Basement (Nashville), The World Cafe Live (Philly) etc.

- The Grownup Noise has played numerous college shows including performances at MIT, Bates College, Brandeis University, Sacred Heart, and Fitchburg State, to name a few...

- We have performed with Thao w/ the get down stay down (kill rock stars), Tommy Stinson of The Replacements, Rock Plaza Central (Yep Roc), Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls), Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo), Brother(uk), The Guggenheim Grotto, Other Lives (tbd records).

Bio:
From self-titled 2007 debut up through 2011s acclaimed, rousing This Time with Feeling, Bostons The Grownup Noise have bridged the gap between Americana and indie-pop. During that half-decade, the 5 piece ensembles performed with everyone from Kill Rock Stars sensations Thao with the Get Down Stay Down to acclaimed Canadian barnstormers Rock Plaza Central and folk troubadours the Guggenheim Grotto.

After releasing This Time with Feeling, which was mixed and produced by studio wizard Scott Solter (Spoon, Okkervil River, St. Vincent, John Vanderslice), the band spent most of 11 crossing the U.S. on tour culminating in a string of 2012 SXSW dates highlighted by an opening slot for Tommy Stinson of the Replacements. They are currently hard at work on their third album which is slated to be mixed by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Langhorn Slim, David Wax Museum).

All five members of The Grownup Noise (Paul Hansen - vocals, guitar, keys; Adam Sankowski - bass, keys, vocals; Rachel Arnold - cello, vocals; and Aine Fujioka - drums, vocals), Dave Middleton (Pedal Steel, Keys) are multi-instrumentalists and equal contributors to Feelings umbrella of styles.

Music from their debut was featured prominently during a seasonal climax of MTVs The Real World, and The Tucson Weekly proclaimed that The Grownup Noise are a band that revels in the beauty of a simple melody delivered with minimal enhancement for maximum emotional effect. The Onions A.V. Club raved, The Grownup Noises best asset is the songwriting, with lines of love and the changing seasons coming out as gently and colorful as the music itself." Bostons The Weekly Dig wrote, When this noise emerges from its shell, it feels so genuine in its simple emotion that you can't help but embrace it.

The Grownup Noises best asset, however is the songwriting, with lines of love and the changing seasons coming out as gently and colorful as the music itself."
-The Onion, AV Club

Bostons the Grownup Noise are one of those perfectly named bands whose moniker sums up their aesthetic to a tee Its not surprising that theirs is a musicianship of the first order.
- PopMatters

This Time with Feeling stands apart on musical skill.
- Flavorpill

Lyrics

Grey Skies

Written By: The Grownup Noise/ Paul Hansen

Grey Skies

The sun beats down, I stare at the ground
You lift up my chin, but my depression sets in
Memory burns away with the sun
I close my eyes until the shadows all run
So go on without me, I’m falling back

I don’t care what they say anymore
I’m inspired by grey skies
You can tell it’s me when you see my ill at ease
And once more, the moon will relieve me

I rouse in the night when nobody knows
With the moon at my side I’m like a super hero
I know the planets must give to the sun’s gravity
But between you and I, I think they agree with me

I don’t care what they say anymore
I’m inspired by grey skies
You can tell it’s me when you see my ill at ease
And once more, the moon will relieve me

At summer’s end I can finally breathe
Falling leaves please fall on me
Just go on without me, I’m falling back

Love me Still

Written By: The Grownup Noise /Paul Hansen

love me still

the sofa feels like home, when you’re sitting beside me
let’s burn the telephone keep ‘em guessing ‘till monday
it’s time we look at the reasons for fighting, i’m all shook up
with the wind coming through oh please don’t let go

we’re like a pair of falling leaves, you and I
the red and orange the brown and green against blue sky
against blue sky

we sit all night and just bask in the tv, carpe diem ain’t
all that easy, it’s time we look at the reasons for fighting
i’m all shook up with the wind coming through,
oh please don’t let go

we’re like a pair of falling leaves, you and i
the red and orange the brown and green against blue sky
seasons change as do we, as do we and colors fade and
crumble down to the ground, but love me still until we
touch the ground

Vampire Love Song

Written By: The Grownup Noise /Paul Hansen

Vampire Love Song

Sharp teeth, I get just what I want that’s
Fresh meat, I just love the taste of young blood
I hit the town and paint it red, so artfully
Just like poetry.

But one night something strange just happened
I won’t lie, I felt emotion
Your touch, it took me somewhere far away
A mystery, now its me who bleeds

I’m so in love with you
I, might have to bare the sunlight
And I don’t care if I just
No, I don’t care if I just turn to dust

Oh my, I never thought that I’d be
So inclined to love a mortal
Your life has made me question everything
I bargained for
And I know, that you love another
But can’t you see, my heart is beating
If only, I could have met you at a time when I was alive
To look at you with my real eyes.

I’m so in love with you
I, might have to bare the sunlight
Gone are the days of moonlight
And I don’t care if I just
No, I don’t care if I just turn to dust

I’m so in love with you
I, might have to bare the sunlight
Gone are the days of moonlight
And I don’t care if I just turn
No, I hope that I just turn to dust

Oldest Running Feature

Written By: The Grownup Noise /Paul Hansen

The oldest running feature

We all agree your like the sea, we climb in tiny boats to breath
The air you move, a gentle cold, the oldest living teacher
And I float on your blue lagoon beneath the yellow moon
Your hands touch me and I forget just who I was before
I would swim if you would let me, wait for me

We all agree your like the sun, we climb in tiny ships that burn
To catch a glimpse of what you stole the oldest running feature
And I wait for your gravity to pull me in you see, but your eyes
Tell me that your afraid of what you mean to me
I would die if you would let me, wait for me

If the sky would fall and I could reach I sort ‘em out the things
You need. this film is old, but it still plays on every screen inside
My brain, so I will twist and I will bend the final scene to change
the end

we all agree your like the sea we climb in tiny boats to breathe.

Carnival

Written By: The Grownup Noise/ Paul Hansen

Bulls eye memory, they met once in Televie
She knows cause he’s shaking like a tree
She said you fell drunk into and screamed out into the street
“We’re all just here to compete,
and that a girl wants a guy to mistreat”

Well she laughed most suddenly, fell back into a seat
And dreamed of his hands on her feet
He said “do just what you want, give me what you got cause’ I’m feeling fit for the roast”

Tell me what you know, about this carnival
Sing for me I’m so old
I’ll hang on every note

She said let’s meet again at nine o’clock
Ditch your friends we’ll hit the block
There’s something you really oughta know

He said, “wait, what’s your number please, you never told me honestly”
She kissed him quick and headed for the door
Humming a tune he ain’t never heard before

Well it's the same old song you see
Boy meets girl and everything
Except for when the wind begins to blow
And he wondered if she ever could have known

Tell me what you know, about my sorry soul
Sing for me I’m so old
I’ll hang on every note

The politics were obvious
She the rock, he Sisyphus
He was pushing but he didn’t even know
Because at ten o’clock she didn’t show
And just as he got up to go
He thought of something that she might have said
And that was “do just what you want, drink one for me because some of us were meant to be alone”
Tell me what you know, about this carnival
Sing for me I’m so old
I’ll hang on every note
Tell me what you know, about my sorry soul
Sing for me I’m so old
I’ll hang on every note

Set List

Can play almost any length of time.