After years of performing, and revelling in loud, hard-hitting music, UK-based singer and guitarist Harry Armstrong (End Of Level Boss, Lord Of Putrefaction, Decomposed, Hangnail and The Earls Of Mars) has sought the darker side of his musical taste, channeling heavy blues in a new group called Noisepicker. The full-length debut album Peace Off, will be released through German label Exile On Mainstream on the 11th of May (pre-order here).
Armstrong had been germinating twenty minutes of material when he recruited Kieran Murphy on drums, who was working in a bar, washing dishes to the soundtrack of Orange Goblin and Muddy Waters just stumbling distance from where Noisepicker’s sound was conceived. Armed with a trusty Fender Stratocaster, a single loop pedal and a pile of patched together old equipment, Noisepicker performed a handful of gigs in small pubs, clubs and art galleries, and within two months the pair captured their sound in South London’s Crows Nest studio, which resulted in the doom/punk/blues EP.
For their debut full-length, Peace Off, Noisepicker continue on a similar trajectory to their EP, heavily influenced by their love of distorted heavy sounds, and blues music, as well as the spirit of the UK punk scene, in which Armstrong has been immersed in for years. Noisepicker’s Peace Off is an album of heavy, gritty, gnarled and thrashing blues romp, which takes a myriad of sonic twists and turns throughout, making it one unpredictable listen. The album is released as 180g black LP in a beautiful gatefold sleeve containing artwork by Roland Scriver and is not available as CD-only release. The LP will contain the full album on CD as well.
It’s time to pick your noise and eat it.
Watch the video for ‘No Man Lies Blameless’ below. You can catch the band live here:
01/05 Coventry, The Phoenix (w/ Zolle)
02/05 Bristol, Mother’s Ruin (w/ Zolle)
03/05 Colchester, The Bull (w/ Zolle)
04/05 Alton, The Lounge Bar
12/05 London, The Underdog Gallery