Based out of Charleston, North Carolina, Lexi Noise are a four-piece band that have created their own unique style from a mix of different genres, including alt rock, pop, punk, soul, r&b, and funk. They’ve just released their Stranger EP, featuring the recent single “Slam-Piece”. We caught up with the band to chat about the song, their influences, and their favourite – and least favourite – things about being musicians.
From The Strait: Tell us about the new single, “Slam-Piece”.
Lexi Noise: “Slam-Piece” is an arrangement that focuses on a certain madness that embodies lust, relationships and the concept of being “emotionally unavailable”. This song examines this new age of “hook-up” culture, which focuses more on the thorns of the flower but not the actual rose. The inspiration comes from more personal experiences than anything else. We wanted to create something vulnerable in a time where we’ve all experienced love, loss and regret. This piece is backed with tons of Rock & Roll and Soul. Thus, We were able to create something chaotic but still something very poetic in the end.
FTS: Who were your musical influences growing up, and how do they differ from your current ones?
Lexi Noise: There are so many, but just to name a few to give you an idea…
– Guns N Roses
– Pink Floyd
– Green Day
– The Temptations
– Michael Jackson
– Led Zeppelin
It’s a bit interesting because we’ve always had many of the same and VERY many differences when it comes to what bands we like. We’ve always tried to pull influence from every direction when creating music, like each member is trying to bring a different flavor to the song. I think that’s something that will remain constant, because it creates a really interesting song-writing process and keeps us from writing songs whose influences are too obvious. We can say, one band we currently are all able to all connect on is Greta Van Fleet. They are very true to their classic rock influences in the modern era and don’t care about the criticism they receive. Even though that’s something we avoid as songwriters, we all still find that very admirable. They also straight up rock. Sure, they sound a lot like Led Zeppelin. Is that really such a bad thing?
FTS: If you could play any music venue anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Q – Jake-Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre- Previously seen a lot of bands here, the acoustics would be amazing, the scenery would be amazing. This venue really is just a
beautiful sight to admire.
Mikey– I would definitely choose the Royal Albert hall. It’s an iconic concert hall deeply rooted in history in the nicest part of London.
Keenan– If I could play anywhere in the world it would be at Wembley Stadium. Let’s be real here, this world-renowned venue has made itself a staple. I don’t think it can get any bigger than this.
FTS: What’s your favorite – and least favorite – thing about being a musician?
Jake – The worst part for me is commuting to shows but the best part is having a space for my creativity and being a part of something bigger.
Keenan – My favorite thing about being a musician is getting paid to play music, the worst part is lugging around a drum kit.
Mikey – For me, I would say the best part is writing songs and performing them for others. And for least favorites I have none.
Q – The best part for me is being able to do this with not only my bandmates, but have this journey with my best friends. The worst part is being a perfectionist. My mates know when it comes to music, I have a certain order and way of doing things in terms of music. I feel like we are the best, so at times I’m hard on myself to always top what I did before.
FTS: If each member of Lexi Noise was a superhero, what would their name and superpower be?
Q – If I was a superhero, my name would be Hurricane V’onte. I'd be able to change the weather, but have full control over any hurricanes.
Mikey – Laser Beams, superhero name Lazer.
KeKe – Jumping Jimbo, Legs are pogo sticks.
Jake – El tigre, making baselines ratchet.
Check out “Slam-Piece”, the latest single from Lexi Noise!
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