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Breakout Toronto Bands: Some Minor Noise

Posted by Jesse Ship / January 31, 2013

Some Minor NoiseBreakout Toronto Bands features local artists that we think you should give a listen to.

Who are they?

Jane Void, songwriter and singer, and beat maker/producer, Wayne Doe — two Toronto 20-somethings that came together when Void was seeking a new producer for her solo project. She thought Doe had a unique sound after they started working together, so they started to collaborate, and that's how they became Some Minor Noise.

They sound like...

There's an emerging trend that sees bands leaning towards moody, lo-fi sounds that conjure up images of cool kids wearing capes and doc martins, but nobody's dictating any fashion here. You might call them a grimey alt-rock band.

"If someone said that we're a modern version of 90s rock, then I think that my job here would be done," Void told me after a recent show at the Church of the Holy Trinity, where Some Minor Noise opened for Florida's XXYYXX. "We're modernizing the lo-fi sound by adding electronic elements to it. It's no longer shoegaze indie rock...it's electronic lo-fi fucking dance pop with a lot of moods and emotions," offers Doe.

What they think could change about Toronto's music scene...

"I think that rock music has moved into the electronic realm much more than before. Bands who are holding steadfast to the old ways of rock don't captivate young audiences...they have a really boxed in scene," Doe concludes. "There's people that dance, enthusiastic crowds...there's a shit tonne of music, but people don't want to play here because crowds just stand around," Void adds.

What kind of equipment do they use?

Their beats were written with the recording software Fruity Loops, but apparently it's a nightmare to use,so they play through Ableton Live. The original tunes were made on a beat up laptop with no plug-ins, computer speakers and one gig of RAM. Sometimes it's the limitations that squeeze the creativity out of you.

Hear them / See them / What's next?

It's been an arduous process working on their upcoming LP. They were originally going to use the songs on their self-titled EP, but Doe has been on a bit of a writing spree. "He can't stop writing awesome new tracks," Void declares. "That's right, I'm a fucking machine. If you can't tell, that was sarcasm," Doe chides. It's actually not that easy. For every decent tune he writes, he tells me there are about nine others that don't make the cut. But an album is on the way. Watch out for it. In the meantime, check out their Facebook page for upcoming live dates and Bandcamp for their current songs.

Discussion

22 Comments

Donna / January 31, 2013 at 11:36 am
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I was into them when they were called Sleigh Bells
andrew / January 31, 2013 at 12:08 pm
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Just cause its a guy and a girl doesn't make them sound like Sleigh Bells.
Just Dave replying to a comment from Donna / January 31, 2013 at 03:02 pm
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HA HA!
Andy / January 31, 2013 at 03:51 pm
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First picture of them above and this: http://wakingupto.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/sleigh-bells.jpg
dick / January 31, 2013 at 03:54 pm
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"Bands who are holding steadfast to the old ways of rock don't captivate young audiences" but, apparently, pressing play on a laptop does...
hagtsromq replying to a comment from dick / January 31, 2013 at 05:13 pm
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zing! nailed it!

what DOES captivate young audiences? snarky twenty-somethings who think they are the only ones who have ever felt they are doing something original or forward-thinking. when the next generation is making sounds with lazer beams and projecting their concerts directly into your brain, the whole "electronic-rock" thing is going to seem really "boxed-in".
KG / January 31, 2013 at 05:14 pm
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wow lame interview. Definitely not going to listen to a second of their so-called music
lol / January 31, 2013 at 06:22 pm
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so you get a corny brostep beat and sing into autotune? this
is pathetic show me someone who can actually sing!
Tuli replying to a comment from lol / January 31, 2013 at 08:51 pm
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You may not like them and that's fine...but maybe others do. You may be hearing them all the time whether you want to or not in a year
imtl / January 31, 2013 at 10:20 pm
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This comment thread (with the exception of Tuli's comment) is the exact reason why people will live the entirety of their lives without EVER achieving anything of value.

It's SO easy to criticize / make hateful comments about something SOMEBODY ELSE created - but fairly difficult to be creative and make something of your own.

Unless you can post a link of you making better music then this - please don't bother posting comments like "show me someone who can actually sing".

And for the record, I've seen Some Minor Noise live before and they were great.
MachineWang replying to a comment from Tuli / January 31, 2013 at 10:21 pm
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This would be a great time to quote the guy from Billy Madison, you have added nothing of value, I award you no points.... That goes for both you and this beat.... Musically speaking (regardless of it being sort of chill) it is really just a collection of sounds made popular by other songs...will it be popular in a year??? It should be popular now if anything, sounds progress... this music did not.

Buts lets all play nice and say "sure some people may give them a shot in a while...." what a waste of internet space... that goes for you and the song.
Tuli / January 31, 2013 at 11:28 pm
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Next Year you could be hearing this on your everyday visit to the LCBO, they got a playlist too pal!
Tuli replying to a comment from MachineWang / January 31, 2013 at 11:31 pm
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Not only LCBO but No Frills or Metro - you're always listening too music but unaware what it is. This is for next year! You'll be hearing this, you'll be liking it...
Mike D / February 1, 2013 at 12:45 am
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Sweet band! The EP is awesome and I can't wait for the full album.
Anna / February 1, 2013 at 01:36 am
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Saw these guys last Saturday and they were awesome live!!!
Kevin replying to a comment from imtl / February 1, 2013 at 08:56 am
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what record..this is blogto nothing is on the record in these threads. Expressing ones opinion on music is just that...ones opinion

Everyones entitled to one. Ive seen them live as well and they werent great, very boring actually.
Kelly / February 1, 2013 at 07:10 pm
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Love the song! Beautiful lyrics and enjoyed their sound. Will be looking out for their album in the future for sure!
cat speakeriove / February 2, 2013 at 07:50 pm
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Seriously, I can't believe what I'm reading... but I didn't come here to be negative. Atmospheric, eerie, haunting, beautiful.. that is what comes to mind. I really enjoyed the EP and am looking forward to the LP.
jamie / February 3, 2013 at 02:22 pm
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This is really good. Period. Two very talented individual working as one powerful creative force. They are going to some very good places, indeed.
ChinChin / February 3, 2013 at 03:30 pm
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A great addition to the burgeoning music scene in Toronto. Something here is reminiscent of CocoRosie (but way more electronic lo-fi fucking dance pop) and I absolutely love it. Looking forward to the LP, big time.
Pom Pom replying to a comment from lol / February 4, 2013 at 03:53 pm
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You, sir, are an ignorant fool (and a prick). Your knowledge of music and production is clearly next to none-existant, so why bother making statements which simply expose how little you know? First off, the beat doesn't even COME CLOSE to brostep. Skrillex is brostep. The beat in this song (or any of the songs I've heard from the band) sound nothing like brostep, dubstep, or associated genres. Secondly, you obviously can't tell the difference between distortion effects and autotune. The vocals in track have distortion applied, yes - but there is no evidence of autotune (at least as an effect - besides, nobody really uses autotune for pitch correction anymore, as there are better tools available).

Congratulations on being both a dumbass and an a-hole all in less than two lines.

I happen to like their music that I've heard so far, and think they are quite promising. If you don't want to support local budding talent, then don't - but don't come and trample on someone's effort in a public forum. That's just bad form. And that goes to all you other dickheads in here.
Dean / February 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm
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I remember Wayne, he promoted a couple of shows with my shitty band and played a couple of not so shitty shows. He's a cool guy.
And this music is pretty good!

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