The Cutting Room Presents:
The Littlest Lamb Benefit Concert Feat. Noba
44 E. 32nd St.
New York, NY, 10016
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
The Littlest Lamb Benefit Concert Feat. Noba
The Littlest Lamb, founded in 2007, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe, loving, and supportive home for orphaned children in Egypt. They use 100% of public donations to directly fund the construction of the orphanage (set to open in December of 2013) and other children’s programs.
Currently in Egypt there are an estimated 1.7 million orphans, 3 million street children, 5 million children are deprived of appropriate housing and 80% of students don’t have access to computers. The Littlest Lamb’s ultimate goal is to make the lives of orphans and street children better. They believe that with the right tools they can help children break the imprisoning cycle of poverty and become productive members of society.
A few years ago the members of Noba decided to record what would be their third album. They wrote seventeen songs and began pre-production in the home studio they call Ashmoon. Along with producer and friend, Nic Hard, they decided to cut basic tracks at Allaire Studios in the Catskills of New York. Alone in the mountains, they figured this would be the best way to concentrate on something that was a far different approach to music than anything they had done in the past.
Noba was reared on energetic and emotional live performances. "I always wanted people to feel little explosions coming out of me," add Dave. "No...not those kinds of explosions, you cheeky monkey. The musical kind. It's the reason I play the instrument I do and the reason I use the amps and gear I use. Its not very subtle to me. Subtle is for, I don't know...other people."
When Noba went to the Catskills they decided to run away from their comfort zone. They would leave loose and raw and go for something else. Something bassist Jeremy described as, "Clean. But definitely not cold or sterile. Far from it. We really wanted to maintain our warmth and our feel, but improve on the fidelity. When we recorded in the past, the drums were loud and bombastic. Guitars and keyboard cranked through loud tube amps. The drums took up lots of space and gave our songs energy and balls. That was something we loved and something we were good at."
"Have you ever listened to the album, 'Thriller?'," asks keyboardist, Mick. "I mean, really listened to what was going on? The drums are the same throughout every song. They are even pretty similar between songs. They used other means to elevate those songs. That's what we wanted to do. We wanted to lay super simple, but incredibly cool and hooky drum beats and let texture and music do the heavy lifting. And make it sound sweet, of course."
When Noba left Allaire they found themselves with bass and drums and little else. They returned to their home studio and began crafting each song. "This was a new process for us," admits Dave. "We wrote the songs as we recorded them. We wrote lyrics together, we had guitar players playing bass, bass players playing keyboards, everyone playing percussion and everyone writing parts for one another." "It was great," agrees Mick. "Creative juices were flowing, experimentation with tone and parts was constant and no idea was too great or too small to attempt. But before we knew it, we found ourselves sitting before a mountain of tracks and sounds and we knew we'd have to start dialing it back."
Worried that the core of the songs would be lost, decisions needed to be made about which parts would be kept and which would hit the cutting room floor. With the help of producer Jason Cupp, Noba began to carve out the sound that defines the new album, aptly named "The Life You Have & The Life You Had Planned". Says Cupp, "I think my job was to help finish the songs by helping the guys figure out what it was that made each song better. At the first session I had with the band they played me sixteen, seventeen songs. All of them were great, but I really felt that some of them stood out. I decided to concentrate on the songs we could finish and the ones that really jumped out at me like Uninspired, You & Only You and Glory, to name a few."
"What was funny to us," Mick chimes in, "was that we had already done at least 3 or 4 different versions of Glory [or as it's known on the album, "Captain Victim, Eternal Loser at Life"]. We had 80 tracks of instruments on it…and if you listen to it now, its so simple. How can it be so hard to make something sound so simple?" "Totally," replies Dave, "when Cupp came in we just cut out the fat and it was all there. Simple, clean, moody songs. It all came together exactly like we'd hoped. How often does that EVER happen?"
$20 Advanced - $25 Day of Show
Tickets Available at the Door