Interview: Question Time With...Noah Earp

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The very talented Noah Earp discusses the inspiration behind in recent single 'The Raw and the Cooked', new album Disinheritor and what he has in-store next.

You released ‘The Raw and the Cooked’ recently, what is the inspiration behind the track?
The song was inspired by a real person or more like a blend of people that I know. The song is a kind of dialogue between two people, between two types of ideas.

How does it feel to have your new album Disinheritor out?
It feels great. It’s much better to hatch eggs than to sit on them.

Did you encounter any challenges when writing and creating the album?
Writing is always it’s own kind of challenge, so I can't highlight anything there. But during the recording, one of the main challenges was to keep one of my guitars in tune. It’s a little 1959 Guild guitar, it’s amazing because it’s the dark horse of all my guitars – play one song, and it sounds kinda bad, play another song and it sounds like the best guitar ever. It has a unique tone, but it really struggles with all the altered tunings I use. When we recorded ‘The Messenger’, I literally had to tune it in between each take, and you can still hear it slightly go out towards the end.

Is there a track from the record that means the most to you or one that has a special meaning to you?
‘Sweetest Mistake’ might be the nicest song I’ve written. I really like what we did with the arrangement on it, having Justin (the drummer) play with his bare hands on the kit. It’s one of the nicest improv bits on the album, that outro.

You played a live show recently, do you have any plans to play anymore soon?
Yeah, I’m trying to book some intimate gigs at an iconic Melbourne venue as we speak… but shhh don’t tell anybody. It’ll probably be just me and the guitar, or possibly me and the trio for smaller/softer gigs.

What’s next for you?
The next plan is to write songs again, because I haven’t done it in ages, and if I don’t write for a while I start to feel weird. And not in a good way.