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Hayes Noble’s ‘As It Was, As We Were’: A Dynamic Sophomore Punk Rock Masterpiece

  • June 18, 2024
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Hayes Noble’s ‘As It Was, As We Were’: A Dynamic Sophomore Punk Rock Masterpiece

Hayes noble, As It Was, As We Were, indie rock, post punk

On his sophomore album, As It Was, As We Were, Hayes Noble continues to refine his brand of fuzzed-out punk rock with increasingly dynamic songwriting. Recorded and mixed by Luke Tweedy (known for his work with William Elliott Whitmore, Appleseed Cast, and Erase Errata), and mastered by Carl Saff, As It Was, As We Were showcases the nineteen-year-old’s talent for blending melodious noise with timeless coming-of-age lyrics. The album features sheets of feedback colliding with driving beats and abrasive hooks, while blurred vocals shift from subdued delivery to impassioned shouts, enhancing the youthful sincerity.

Recorded just two months after his high school graduation, As It Was, As We Were tells the story of hot summer nights, first loves, and teenage desolation in the Driftless Hills surrounding the upper Mississippi. It captures the feeling of being out of step with the weekend cowboys and keg party rollers, searching for fellow outcasts and weirdos in a small town. Hayes presents a Gen Z snapshot of leaving home and facing the suffocating bleakness on the horizon. With artwork by Mike Scheer (Built to Spill, Treepeople), As It Was, As We Were solidifies Noble’s place as an emerging talent in the new generation of guitar-driven indie rockers.

Noble’s 2023 debut, ‘Head Cleaner’, showcased a massive tube-driven wall of sound. Recorded and mixed on 2″ tape by Daytrotter co-founder and analog guru Patrick Stolley, ‘Head Cleaner* highlighted Noble’s wide range of musical influences, combining earsplitting shoegaze and post-hardcore with a nod to the guitar-driven noise rock that emerged from the mid-80s punk scene. The album echoes the sounds of legendary indie guitar heroes, with elements of Dinosaur Jr., Polvo, and Superchunk breaking through a foundation of overblown punk rock. Check out “Nothing Else” below:

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Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

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