UK doom blues duo Noisepicker are poised to release their catchy yet throttling debut, Peace Off, tomorrow, May 11, via Exile on Mainstream. Comprised of guitarist and vocalist Harry Armstrong (End of Level Boss, et al) and drummer Kieran Murphy, Noisepicker deliver a unique sound that is a melding of bluesy groove and sludge grit, with a punk heart beating underneath. On Peace Off the band refines and expands on their infectious style, which sounds like what would happen if Orange Goblin vacationed in the Mississippi Delta.
In anticipation of its release, we are excited to bring you a full stream of the record alongside a special track-by-track breakdown composed by Armstrong himself. Check out all the goods after the break.
No Man Lies Blameless – Opening with a string of nasty, diminshed, minor something-or-other chords – a suitably doomy refrain is applied, designed to set the tone for the message within: We are all to blame for the filth that surrounds us. The entire human race is at the early stages of existence. It is a petulant child, kicking and screaming if it doesn’t get it’s way. It needs to mature and learn to take responsibility for it’s actions. Unfortunately, this means it will need to go through puberty and adolescence to get there. Let’s face it – we’re fucked. But at least the video was fun to make!
So You’re Sick? – This one’s about the human need to fucking bitch for no reason. I’ve lost count of the amount of times someone has created a fuss over something that is no problem to anyone at all. The kind of people who will moan about someone being in their way, when there’s plenty of room for everyone. They just need to winge about something ’cause they’re bored with how their life turned out. Inventing fabulous tales that are clearly bullshit, to try and entertain their empty existences. Then they run back to daytime tv to feed the addiction. Piss off. Oddly the opening refrain is in the exact key and timing of my local church bells. I only realised that last night. Brainwashing, or retaliation? I’m not yet sure.
A Taste Of My Dying – This one’s a nod back to my days in a death metal band called Decomposed. We had a song called “Taste The Dying” about an unborn child, afraid of what was to come. This song switches the perspective to a living being approaching death and having a far darker fear. It’s probably the purest form of what I always wanted Noisepicker to be. I wanted to make a “heavy” record without all the downtuning and gruff screaming that most bands seem to rely so heavily on. This is darkness the way I like it – with a firm grasp of the blues!
He Knew It Would All End In Tears – We put this song out before, on our Doom/Punk/Blues EP, but I was never quite happy with how it turned out, so we decided to have another stab at it. This is much more how the original idea sounded in my head. Slower and with far more deliberate intent. The song is about how love can be all encompasing and turn to jealousy, and how that can twist the mind into thinking there’s only one way out. The story doesn’t end well for any of those concerned!
O What Mercy Sorrow Brings – The love that we all have for Motörhead runs deeper than blood. We needed to have that style of song on the record and this is our take on it. A real kick in the face that relates to the elation that hitting rock bottom can bring. When everything has gone so far wrong that there’s nothing left to do, other than let it go and slip into the abyss… that can bring a relief that’s almost spiritual. Can you tell that deep down we’re a pretty happy, good time party band?
I Hear You Talking And It Sounds Like Bullshit To Me – We wrote this song onstage at a punk festival on Rugen Island in the north of Germany. We finished our set at around 2am, and no one wanted the night to end – including us! So Kieran just started the drum pattern that kicks it off, and we made it up on the spot. Unfortunately we have no recording of that night, and no one there could have passed a breathalyser test, so this is kinda how we distantly remember it! A bit like “Tribute” by Tenacious D, except without it being anywhere near the best song in the world. But we like it, and what it reminds us of. A perfect night lost in the wilderness of time. And a truth that all of us can relate to.
This Is How The World Will End – We decided to re-visit this song, which was also from on our debut EP. We wanted to try it slower and gnarlier, and I think it gives it a darker mood. The slower pace makes a bit more space for me to spit out my disgust at the greed of our kind. It sickens me how the good of every living thing can be so easily swept aside for personal financial gain. And there’s no sign of it changing. Welcome to the end, my beautiful friends.
Burning The Witch – This is the first song that I wrote while the seeds of Noisepicker were forming in my head. I made a demo and video for it, just pissing about really, but I didn’t like how it turned out, so I scrapped it. We had some spare time during the recording process of this album, so I just kicked into the riff, and Kieran started jamming along. He’d never even heard the song before! I was stoked at how it turned out, so it ended up on the record. I’m gonna re-edit the old video to fit the new sounds. That’ll be on it’s way soon.
The Day When All Hope Died – This was a groove that we jammed 3 or four times on the day of the recording. I had the idea and the recording session was flowing well, so we just churned it out until it had a structure. The words were added later as an idea to tell the story of a spoilt child’s life, and how she gets pushed into a very negative reaction by the weight of her parents expectations. As Freddy Mercury once put it – too much love will kill you every time.
I Stood By Her Grave – This started life as an acoustic piece, just trying to get focus on a dark mood. The thinking being that if the song feels heavy acoustically, it’ll be massive when we add distortion. And I think it worked! A song about how the good die young and the arseholes linger for ever. I guess that means I’ll be here for a while. Join me at the bar!
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