Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2007, Boston's The Grownup Noise have evolved into a rousing and innovative pop-music outfit, bridging the gap between Americana music and Indie Rock. With a genuine respect for every style of music, this band and its songwriter, Paul Hansen, are song obsessed. And more than happy to garner quotes like this from The Onion A.V. Club: "The Grownup Noise's best asset, however is the songwriting, with lines of love and the changing seasons coming out as gently and colorful as the music itself". Or this from The Boston Globe: "One of Boston's most promising outfits...a sense of sincerity, wonder, and poetry beats at the heart of skewed folk-pop songs". Originally founded in 2005 as a duo by Hansen and bassist Adam Sankowski. After numerous sold-out shows, 7 national tours (many in a veggie-oil powered conversion van), and 4 albums, the band has grown many long sturdy branches, flowers, a few weeds, and has amassed a dense variation of meaningful characters along the way. Other members of The Grownup Noise forever family/guild include: Kyle Crane, Katie Franich, Todd Marston, Aine Fujioka, Rachel Barringer, Dave Middleton, and Attis Clopton. They've had the honor of sharing stages with everyone from Tommy Stinson of The Replacements, Aimee Mann, Counting Crows and Evan Dando to Thao With The Get Down Stay Down, Lee Fields, Rebirth Brass Band, and comedian Patton Oswalt. And they were joined by Dana Colley of Morphine on their most recent release 'Stewing'. They celebrated their first official SXSW showcase in 2012 and their music has been featured on MTV, NPR, documentary films, and other TV shows, including 90210. Their song 'Carnival' won a songwriting contest judged by NYTimes best-selling author/music writer Steve Almond and was the most downloaded song in 2011 for Paste Magazine's 'Songs For Haiti'. People often ask about the meaning of the name. The Grownup Noise is something to rebel against, like fear, complacency, the closing of your heart, the stress of bills etc.
Vocals, Guitar / Paul Hansen
Cello, Vox / Rachel Gawell
Drums, Vox / Yuriana Sobrino
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News & Updates
Just got word that a tune from our first record 'Messy Apartment' will be used in the new documentary PDX: Brew City, which tells the story of how Portland, OR helped lead the craft beer revolution.
Kind of funny to learn recently that 'Make Believe' from our first record is featured prominently at the end of an episode on the streaming/Netflix version of the 90210 reboot. Since it's a show about high school, i guess i'm both excited and a little embarrassed it worked so well. We are still trying to discern how/when they got the tune. Stay tuned if you're curious.
"The Grownup Noise's best asset, however is the songwriting, with lines of love and the changing seasons coming out as gently and colorful as the music itself."
-The Onion A.V. Club
"One of Boston's most promising outfits...a sense of sincerity, wonder, and poetry beats at the heart of skewed folk-pop songs."
-The Boston Globe
"At a time when pop has become most people's guilty pleasure, it is as refreshing as it is rare to find a band that is not afraid to explore the genre as innovators."
-Good Times Paper, Santa Cruz, CA
"They're a band that revels in the beauty of a simple melody delivered with minimal enhancement for maximum emotional effect..."
-The Tucson Weekly, AZ
"The Grownup Noise combines smart lyrics with keen vocals and its songs are doses of melodic sunshine."
-Portland Press Herald, ME
"This Beantown quartet delivers eclectic but impossibly catchy pop nuggets laced with poetic, thought-provoking lyricism."
-Seven Days Paper, Burlington, VT
"One listen will very likely win you over. They make arresting music."
-Ryan's Smashing Life
"...I'm sorry to see key members go, but i say fill the vacancy and make a new album for 2016."
-Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald