I don’t make it down to Ludlow as often as I used to anymore. I hadn’t found myself in a sweaty basement full of hard-working, hard-drinkings in a while. The allure of DJs and all of that right? A very good friend, a very old friend was performing, and I couldn’t miss it. To the point, he had given me the privilege of being my very first interview. It was a rare full band appearance, so I took my place at the bar, sipping a vintage Miller Light for effect. Continue reading
(Re-posted from star of stage & screen Jonas David Grey’s tumblr, which can be found here: http://jonasdavidgrey.tumblr.com/)
It is almost midnight. Almost Easter. Bathed in blue light, a small, cavelike room in the middle of New York’s Bowery is dark, surprisingly quiet and still. As the faithful begin to congregate, a group of young men unassumingly take the stage to set equipment, plug cables, tape down set lists. They are focused and deliberate, perhaps a bit somber, in their tasks. The room fills with pilgrims, traveling from places like Boston and DC, pressing forward in devotion and anticipation until finally there is no room left at the foot of the stage.
The place is Arlene’s Grocery. The band is That Noble Fury. The show is sold out.
Terry Gotham: What genre would you define That Noble Fury As? I know it’s a dick question. How do you see the personal genre of the “That Noble Fury” evolving over time, if you could speculate?
That Noble Fury: That’s how we start? I think we’re rock. Well I think it’s, you kind of find the pool that you’re in and you rotate around things that are part of your life, and what will become part of your future life. So the things that I was exposed to when I was younger have made it what it is now and we move on from there. We don’t exist in a vacuum, that’s a Frank Oz quote. Yea, I mean, when I was in Kindergarten, seeing a dance show, this show of traveling Russian dancers, and Russian music is amazing, saw Fiddler on the Roof, so that whole Eastern European sound, it became a part of me. It came out in like a certain part on this album, but I didn’t really know that’s what I was doing, until you make something, and then it’s like “Oh ok, now that it’s there, now I can become an English student about my own music. Do a report on my own novel…pretentious bastard.”
That Noble Fury: And then you get hit by new things, when I read a play or see a play or am IN a play, watch a movie, and then all of a sudden, I think about this world differently. I did a reading with John (Astin) when I was in college. It was related to the idea of existentialism and the idea of presence, and totally influences me in this huge way. There are so many people who we come in contact with through their work, or our parents. I mean, John Lennon was dead way before you or I was born, and it’s just absurd. Like he has no sense of how big of an influence he is. He will have no idea that some little kid from Pennsylvania, now living in Astoria, was so influenced by him, and there are so many people who have the same story. He’s such a big part of my life, and that can affect everything.