- 08 Oct 21
Meath-born, Dublin-based indie-rock band N.O.A.H have been making waves over the pandemic, and now that live music is back, they’re ready to gig up a storm.
How did N.O.A.H come to be?
It all started back in January 2020, after we decided to reform a previous musical endeavour. All members of the band have been playing music with each other since secondary school. It just so happened that we met our current manager Shea, and decided it would be best tO make a fresh start, change our name, and develop our sound. In naming the band, we were inspired by the biblical story of Noah and the Ark. The idea of new beginnings really resonated with us – the story did exactly what we were trying to do.
If you had to describe your sound in a few words, what would you say?
Our sound is a mix of modern indie-rock with all the bells and whistles, while maintaining that raw three-piece energy. U2 with more synths?
What are the main sonic inspirations behind your music?
The band initially bonded over a love of U2, Kings Of Leon and The Killers. These acts helped us build the foundation of our own. As we grew older, we began to discover new acts like Foals, All Tvvins, and Catfish and The Bottlemen. We try to keep an eye on what’s going on in the world – from Billie Eilish to Bring Me The Horizon, we draw inspiration from all sorts of places.
What was it like working with Booka Brass and Hare Squead?
It was amazing to have both of these acts on the EP, they really helped shape the tunes by adding their own artistic stamp. We worked completely remotely with Booka Brass, as the guys were based regionally in Ireland and even in Amsterdam, so getting everyone in the room would have been tricky regardless of Covid. The New Orleans-style brass really added something special to ‘Darkest Hour’ – we cannot wait until we get to play this live with the guys.
We worked with Hare Squead in the creative hub that is Camden Studios. Lilo Blues studio is based right beside Ruadhri Cushnan who produced the EP, so the collaboration was really natural. Lilo brought a different energy to ‘I’m Not Scared’ – he has a great ear for melody and rhythm. We really think people will be surprised, if not taken aback, by this track.
What do you think of the state of Irish rock right now?
Irish rock is flourishing – it’s pretty much all we listen to. From Pillow Queens to Inhaler, there is something for everyone. Irish bands are at the top of their game and it’s great to see them making waves internationally.
What are your plans for the months ahead?
The plan is to keep gigging our EP, develop as a live act and grow our fan base. We have a show over in London on October 8 in The Fiddler, followed by a gig in Monroe’s, Galway on the 9th. We also have a few really cool support slots to announce.
In addition, we’re gearing up for our headline show downstairs in Whelan’s on the 10th of December. We are so looking forward to it, what a way to wrap up the year!
• Debut EP Echoes Of The Night is out now.