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Interview:
HalfNoise at the Pike Room, 3 Things To Know
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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For six years Zac Farro made noise as the drummer for Paramore.

But now he's perfectly happy to be leading his own group, HalfNoise.

Farro, 26, first joined his brother, guitarist John Farro, in Novel American after the two left Paramore in 2010. At the same time he started HalfNoise, moving himself from the drum kit to the frontline and exploring a more textured, ambient and in spots electronic -- but still melodic -- sound.

It's been a bit of a slow build for HalfNoise, but Farro released his first full album under that name, "Sudden Feeling," in September. He's put together a live band to take on the road, and Farro says he's happy to be building something new again after the platinum ride in Paramore...,

Farro says HalfNoise came as something of a surprise for him. "When I stopped touring for awhile, I didn't know if I wanted ot make music or tour ever again," he explains by phone while driving towards Dallas. "To go from behind the drums to fronting a band was, like, the last thing on my mind. It definitely took some years of developing and learning, finding out even the range of my voice, finding out what I like to sing, what I like to sing about. It definitely took some time, but this is the result of me sticking to it. The past five years has just been discovering who I am and what I want this project to be."

Despite the arduous work, Farro says making the "Sudden Feeling" album was an overwhelmingly positive experience. "The album was pretty effortless," he notes. "I just wanted to have fun, man. I'd worked on albums an grew up working on music that just took it out of you, and I just wanted to enjoy every step of this. It wasn't anything that was super grueling; Some songs take a little more work and a little more time, but It's definitely the most enjoyable album I've ever gotten to make, honestly. Every day was a blast and just super enjoyable."

There's no ill will towards Paramore; In fact, Farro played on the group's upcoming fifth album. "Sometimes people come to the show to see if I'm joining the band again," Farro says with a laugh. "I definitely get it. That's a huge part of my past, so it's a little bit expected. They're still my best friends and Taylor (York) the guitar player lives down the street from me and he's played some shows with HalfNoise. It was such a rad thing to be able to play with them again. It still feels like my family. The new music they're making is really incredible so to be part of that is really cool. And they're super supportive of what I'm doing, too."

HalfNoise with Paper Route and Ellis

Monday, Nov. 7. Door open at 7 p.m.

The Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac.

Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of show.

Call (248) 858-9333 or visit thecrofoot.com.


Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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