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The Noise FM / Bio

Brothers Alex and Austin Ward formed The Noise FM in Lawrence, Kansas. Now the band lives in Chicago. We found Barry Kidd on Craigslist and put him on bass because of his rad name.

The full-length “Dream of the Attack” was released in 2008. A couple of tunes found their way into video games and television shows:

Check out the synth-rocker "Simple Simone" on the European-only release SBK '09 Superbike World Champsionship on X-Box. The game's not available in America, so we're not sure if it actually exists.

"Only Human" is on Tap Tap Revenge 3 for iPhone, but none of us have iPhones.

The riff-heavy "Iron Lung" is featured in the Fox College Sports Best of 2009 television special. We think it's a sports show.

In 2010, we released "Enclave," which is a better record but was NOT featured on Fox College Sports. Still, "Enclave" was enough to get us named one of the top 25 artists to watch by Indie-Music.com and earned us the title of "Best Indie-Rock Band 2010" by Pitch magazine in Kansas City, an incredible honor. We moved from Kansas the following week.

We've played Summerfest and SXSW several times, and we tour regularly. One time we opened for Presidents of the United States of America. They stayed on their tour bus while we played.

"Dream Of The Attack...rivaling anything released by The Bravery or The Killers..." from KC Ink

"Whatever is is that The Noise FM is selling, I'm not only alert, but I'm buying..." from Chicagotunes.net

"I would give these guys a big stack of speakers, sit back, and watch them explode..." from KCConfidential.com

"Though informed by the FM radio euphemisms classic rock and modern rock, the Noise FM strives for a considerably more intelligent sound. The Lawrence trio does, however, maintain rock radio’s polished accessibility. Tight and technically proficient, the Noise’s music is often aggressive but always closely calibrated, with equal attention paid to searing melodies and killer riffs..." from Pitch.com

"What sets The Noise FM apart from other area rock acts––bands with impressive music chops––is a vocal prowess that leaps out of the speakers, that leaves no corner of a dark rock club untouched..." from Presentmagazine.com

"The group's melodic, kick-ass rock tunes take inspiration from top-shelf woodshedders like Muse and Queens of the Stone Age..." from Lawrence.com

"Enclave contains catchy hooks, clean riffs, and easy-to-digest vocal and lyrical content, all accessible to a casual, mainstream listener. But rather than simply appealing to a mass audience, the group’s incorporation of different musical elements adds much more to the mix..." from InkKC.com

"Enclave may be accessible and radio-friendly, but it’s also a crisp document of excellent songcraft..." from Pitch.com

"The Lawrence, Kansas trio...make rock noise that’s interesting, muscular, and unapologetic for its proficiency at laying down a groove..." from Presentmagazine.com

"The Noise FM’s lyrics brought to mind Kings of Leon, which is never a bad thing in my book. 'No End' was of particular note, with the repeating, 'Why don’t you tell me that you want somebody? That you want somebody.' There aren’t too many bands that manage to catch my attention lyrically when live, so kudos to these guys for being a standout..." from Popwreckoning.com

General Info

Band Members
Alex Ward, Austin Ward, Barry Kidd
Artist Name
The Noise FM
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Indie / Pop / Alternative Rock

Contact Info

Chicago, IL