The Noble Son

The Noble Son

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

The Noble Son redefines the solo performance, fusing unique folk-pop melodies with warm electronic interludes. Using a building-blocks approach with his loop station and effects pedals, The Noble Son creates one-man symphonies on stage. For more information, please visit www.thenobleson.com.

Biography

You walk into a club in Tokyo. You hope to discover a band or a solo act that will keep your attention for the evening. You glance at the stage, catching a glimpse of a guy strapping on his acoustic guitar. You take your seat, expecting the rather traditional strum-and-sing stylings of so many singer-songwriters. Instead, you encounter a young man who pulls more life out of his guitar than you could have imagined. With a loop machine and an effects pedal, he carefully crafts a wall of sound that immediately captures the audience's attention. You try to recall listening to and seeing something similar to what you are experiencing now, but you cannot. The guitarist then introduces himself as The Noble Son.

The Noble Son is the creation of Canada's Gene Greer-Kondusky. Gene had spent some time in punk and alt-rock bands, but decided to take a break from music after graduating from university - deciding instead to discover life in Japan. While in the Far East, however, the urge to perform returned. Surrounded by strangers, Gene realized that he had to go solo. The response was overwhelmingly positive, so he decided to continue. The Noble Son was born.

Playing alone often means that a musician is limited to just his voice and his guitar. Gene, however, saw The Noble Son as a chance to "push the boundaries of what one musician can accomplish alone on a stage, armed with only an acoustic guitar, a voice, and a sprinkling of effects." What sets The Noble Son apart from other acoustic guitarists is the building-block approach he takes to his music. He recognizes that it is rare that an artist "so heavily draws upon loops and effects...for what is essentially an acoustic act." While sometimes featuring a sparse and airy sound, The Noble Son is also able to build a full sound when necessary.

Due to his desire to see the world, The Noble Son has yet to establish the traditional home base. Then again, not too many up-and-coming artists can add Tokyo, London and Istanbul to their performance resume. The Noble Son will be returning to his old stomping grounds, Ottawa, in May of 2007, and will focus on that city and nearby Montreal as he looks to build a following. If reaction thus far to The Noble Son is any indication, he will soon win over hometown audiences. He has noticed that "most people have never seen my kind of music performed before." He explains: "Each song begins with a simple line - a string of chords, or maybe a melody. Then I build over it again and again. People get into it. At any time, I could mess up an overdub, and have to start all over again." He considers himself fortunate not to have had to deal with that very often.

The Noble Son has produced one release so far, entitled 'The EP'. Recorded in Japan during the summer of 2006, it was released on October 5th, 2006 on Gene's own label, Home Is Not Here. 'The EP' is now available online at iTunes and all of the other major download sites. He is also currently writing music for a new full-length album.

The Noble Son is well aware of the preconceived notions of what a singer-songwriter should be. People usually expect musicians from this genre to strip down their live show to its bare essentials. Gene, however, hopes that his ability to build a musical wall will continue to capture the imagination of his audiences. If you are fortunate enough to join those from Asia, Europe, and North America who have seen The Noble Son perform live, bring a willingness to leave certain expectations at the door. The man you see strapping on his acoustic guitar will be eager to define his performance for you.

Lyrics

The Shelf

Written By: Gene Greer-Kondusky

Someday you will find a better way. You will see that what's wrong with you is wrong with me.
You don't need all those things you once believed. They'll just do so much more harm to me and you.

Put it back on the shelf.

Discography

Title: The EP
Release Date: 5 October 2006
Label: Home Is Not Here

Set List

Subject to Change:

Distance
Thaw
Who Killed Laura Palmer?
Mevlana
The Shelf
Overcast, 12°
Drunken Dreams
I Play Guitar
...and more

*maybe a cover if it seems right...