Brian Hill is testing the boundaries of what has come to be known as “rock” music. Drawing inspiration from the downtown/experimental scene of NYC, as well as the worlds of glam, drone, no-wave, rock and roll, punk, and krautrock, he manipulates the craft of songwriting to create something familiar yet undefinable. His lyrics are fluid, defined by his experience of this world (as well as what is beyond it) and informed by his examination of it. Hill’s process is heavily influenced by contemporary visual art (work is often influenced by artists, both friends and non-musical collaborators) and indebted by a deep love of the stage.
The Noh Starrs present an innovative approach to conventional rock and roll in both recording and live shows. The band consists of close friends and collaborators Robbie Wood, Joo Joo Ashworth (Froth), Jeffrey Fribourg, Laena Geronimo (Feels), Tomas Dolas (Mr. Elevator), and more as the band is constantly evolving—changing members and instruments with every show.
In the studio, the recording process often involves incorporating many versions of live takes and editing live jams in the studio ala-CAN, as well as experimenting with studio- as-an-instrument production techniques, and often one-take-vocals to illustrate the urgency and lyrical content of the songs, which are equal part feeling and talent. The final outcome is an entirely new take on a classic form.
Live, Hill manifests an entirely original persona: exuding confidence as he mimes on stage as easily as he runs through the audience. He kisses his band members and sings entire songs mid-backbend–playing or disregarding his guitar as he goes.
The band has recently finished recording their first full-length album in Los Angeles and New York City. They have no plans of slowing down with the recording process for their second record already underway in New York City and Philadelphia. They plan to tour internationally and consistently throughout 2017.