Thursday, 16 February 2012

Some Noise

Following the dissolution of seminal Bangor punk group The Inadequates in 1979, frontman and songwriter Scott Saunders went on to form two new groups, The Verbs and Some Noise.
Some Noise were a spiky angular trio who would happily have fitted on the hip post punk indie labels of the time like Factory or Rough Trade, were they not based in Bangor. Scott was joined by bassist Martin Parry and teenage prodigy Mark Windows on drums. The trio played a handful of gigs in the area, and contributed a studio recording of the song "In Transit" to a compilation of local music "Overloaded and We're Running", released in June 1980.

By the time of the compilation's release, the group had pretty much split up, Mark going on to form A Silly Tree with Alan Holmes and Gary Stubbs in July 1980. By mid 1981, A Silly Tree too had split and Martin joined the original line-up of The Pinecones, leaving them in October.

Towards the end of the year, the original
Some Noise line-up temporarily reunited for a few gigs. Here are two recordings from that period that amply demonstrate what a great live group they were - sadly none are known to exist from the group's initial heyday, the sole studio recording being the only evidence of their brief incandescence. Although featuring almost identical sets and recorded just over a fortnight apart, these two shows demonstrate just how varied the group's approach could be, the Plas Coch set featuring looser extended dubby versions of the songs, contrasting with the taut compact renditions at the Glanrafon.

Some Noise - Glanrafon Pub, Bangor
27th November 1981

Scott Saunders - vocals, guitar
Martin Parry - bass
Mark Windows - drums

1 Modern Air
2 Peninsular
3 Eat
4 The Monk
5 Cannibals
6 In Transit

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Some Noise - Plas Coch, Llanedwen
15th December 1981

Scott Saunders - vocals, guitar
Martin Parry - bass
Mark Creathorne - drums
1 Modern Air
2 Peninsular
3 In Transit
4 The Monk
5 Cannibals

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