Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. The Grownup Noise's Paul Hansen
Tue, 06 Aug 2013 18:05:20
Boston's The Grownup Noise are working on their third album, tentatively due out early next year. They are an indie-pop quintet with American and folk influence. That was enough of a reason to invite them to Take Aim with us! So get to know the band via our little chat with singer/guitarist/keyboard Paul Hansen. While it is we who are known to issue challenges, Hansen challenged us... sort of. Read on and find out how.
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We are pinned between Americana and indie. We want to be more sincere than indie, but also not poorly rehash and re-write the classics.
If you were not doing music, you would be...
Since I (Paul) graduated in Philosophy, I would probably be incredibly depressed and alone, but reading the most mind-blowing stuff while trying to land a teaching job at a tiny college in Nebraska. That's BEST case scenario. Realistically, I probably would've just been laid off from a factory job at Kodak in Rochester, N.Y.
Do you have any non-music hobbies, skills or talents?
Actually, I can play some mean foosball. For three years, I lived with a master fooser in the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio. Seriously, it was like training with Pai Mei from Kill Bill Vol. 2. And [bassist] Adam [Sankowski] can chug a beer faster than any frat house champion -- ever! Don't believe us, come challenge him...
Pick ONE song from your catalog or new album and share a writing or recording story that puts us in the moment. Share something that we'd only know because you told us.
This is a selfish story, but there's a song that will be on our new record that is a simple solo guitar. and vox tune and I was recording it on a silly, crappy device at my kitchen table so as not to forget it. And it's gonna be the track, as is. I don't know how it happened but it's perfect the way it is. It freakin' never happens that way.
Folk-influenced music (maybe a Folk Implosion?) is widespread in America in the past two years. Why do you think it has had that sort of ripple effect? Does your band fit inside, outsider or around that wave of music?
I think there's a bit of return to folk music in response to the intense, over commercialized culture we live in now. I think the general audience wants something earthier and is getting better at spotting the genuine article. Although, for the most part, I'm not sure that we're adding quality folk music to the cannon. There are tons of nice voices and clean, perfect production, but I don't think we are capturing the folk tradition. I think maybe we can't go back. Which is why we're trying our best to move forward and make new pop music, that is influenced by the past, but is not a direct, vintage, throwback sound.
Will you check out Grownup Noise based on this chitty chat? YOU SHOULD!