Noble Kids LP 'Fawn'
Noble Kids is a Brooklyn-based band initially formed by Bryce Barsten and Michael Steiner. Bryce moved to Brooklyn from a llama farm in the Pacific Northwest to attend Pratt Institute and met fellow student Michael Steiner, a like minded musician from New England. They began playing around the Pratt campus in any space they could find (basements, empty classrooms, chapels, etc...) and started demoing out their first songs.
After completing their EP Kingdom in 2013, Noble Kids received press recognition from blogs like "The Wild Honey Pie”, "YVYNYL”, and "The Deli NYC" describing their sound as "bright," "intricate" and "well-arranged." They draw their musical influences from a variety of artists and genres (Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, and The National) while maintaining an honest and unique sound. Noble Kids later added Kevin Chang (guitarist), who became an instrumental member in the writing and arranging of their full-length record, and Brianna Leary (multi-instrumentalist) to complete their lineup. After performing in CMJ 2014, Noble Kids began recording their full-length debut record entitled 'Fawn'.
After months of demoing, Noble Kids landed at Rose Studios in Brooklyn, NY where they worked with recording engineer Danny Rose to track the album. Noble Kids was then offered the opportunity to mix with Greg Giorgio (engineer for The National, Head and The Heart, Interpol) at the acclaimed Tarquin Studios, who helped refine the sound and solidify the album's identity. Since the EP, the band's musical focus has transitioned to heavier dynamics and shifting moods, while still staying centered around the melody. With Bryce's maximalist approach to production, and Michael's desire for lyrical and musical simplicity, they have created a large space for the record to occupy. Kevin Chang's soaring solos and poignant guitar lines have also become key moments throughout the record. 'Fawn' is an ambitious work that sounds both playful and serious, with many songs swelling into grand moments. Lyrically, the record centers around themes of loneliness and companionship, and questions the positive and negative sides of both. It accepts that happiness and success do not come without accepting loss and defeat. Noble Kids' first record 'Fawn' is set to release in October 2015.
"Sounds like the best summer you've ever had, perfectly arranged and filled with great vibes" (The Wild Honey Pie)
"[Kingdom] is deeply rooted in lyrical imagery and compositional intricacy" (The Deli NYC)
Photography by Timothy Mulcare