Interview: Nottingham Band Vertical Noise on their Christmas single for Framework charity

Words: Bassey
Saturday 26 November 2022
reading time: min, words

Vertical Noise tell us all about their partnership with Framework to release their new single Wet Christmas...


Vertical Noise looked destined to remain a two-piece band and struggled to find the right drummer until Rob joined them earlier this year. They are now truly back to a full on brash and confused rock sound that deserves some attention by the folks of Nottingham. They kindly took some time out from rehearsals to talk to me about their new single and the year ahead.

Hi guys, how's it going?
Great thanks and thank you LeftLion for the interview!

Can you give a quick introduction of yourselves and your roles in the band?
Dan: Bass guitar and backing vocals.
Jay: Guitar and main vocals.
Rob: Drums.

What difference has getting Rob on the drums made?
Bringing back drums into our sound has made a massive difference, we had to perform as a duo for a couple of years and we were close to calling it a day. Rob's input means that we can now concentrate on developing the full rock sound we've always wanted, and our live sound will be improved considerably.

Do you have any stand-out musical influences?
Our influences are varied and include Nirvana, Jamie Lenman, Idles, and many more.

How would you describe your sound?
Dan: The Human League covers Blur in the style of Nirvana. Then more Fuzz.
Jay: Ice cream van circus music being played through a line of distortion pedals.


Can you tell us about the new single, Wet Christmas, and your involvement with the Framework charity?
We've actually had the gem of this song for many years but didn't know what to do with it. After changes in the band members and circumstances we decided that we wanted to use it for charitable reasons.

We all feel passionate about the great work Framework does and so they were the perfect choice of partnership, and we are very happy to help them in any way we can.

As part of our commitment to the charity we have decided to give all royalties for the year to Framework. They have been really supportive and are helping us promote the single when it is released on 1 December 2022, when we will play at Percy Picklebackers. 

On a serious note, it will unfortunately be a busy time for Framework as the homeless situation is not getting any better and they need all the help they can get. We urge everyone to please support their winter appeal.

Looking to next year, what have you got planned for 2023?
Next year is hopefully going to be much busier for us. We'll be working on a new EP, as well as producing Brent Spiner's debut album Release Me. Now we are back to a full band sound, we can't wait to get back to doing more gigs.

Wet Christmas will be released on 1 December 2022, when Vertical Noise will play at Percy Picklebackers 

Find a review of the single in Issue #154 of LeftLion



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