The Drones’ Mike Noga Making A ‘Non-Album’
News posted Friday, June 22 2012 at 09:00 AM.
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Back from a five-month stint in the UK, The Drones’ Mike Noga plans to release “something” before the year is out – even if he’s not 100 percent sure what form it’ll take.
“It's a funny old process this 'recording an album' business,” he told M+N this week. “Part of me thinks the whole concept is terribly outdated and old fashioned, what with the technology available and the state of the industry today. Who knows, I might just release single songs, one at a time?”
Living and playing shows in London for the bulk of 2012, Noga said he “accidently” began writing songs again. “Truth be told, I'm terrible at writing at home. It's always easier to feel a little more inspired when you're in new, exciting surrounds. So I guess that had something to do with it.”
He said the follow-up to last year’s The Balladeer Hunter, which came in at #32 in our annual Critics Poll, is shaping up to be a more orchestrated affair. “[There’ll be] more instrumentation, more experimenting, different sounding production, but I never want to lose those rough edges I had with Balladeer Hunter either, so it's about finding a happy balance.”
He plans to mix the finished product with Aaron Cupples, who worked with The Drones on 2006’s Gala Mill. “There'll be quite a bit more going on,” he adds. “Lyrically it's a little less personal, a little more about injecting emotion into storytelling. It’s something I've never really tried before, and something my peers are terribly good at – that's scary!”
Mike Noga will play his first local show in a year at The Northcote Social Club in Melbourne on June 30. Supports from Sweet Jean.