We had the good fortune of connecting with Noonday Sons and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Noonday Sons, what principle do you value most?
Good question! I think we all fully agree that if you’re not doing whatever you do (creatively) because of a pure, intentional passion, it’s never going to be as good as it should be. That specifically includes working with a group, such as us with the band. Everyone has to be very intentional about preparing our minds to listen to each other musically. With an element of improvisational, jazz-oriented rock in every show, we all have to become one group on stage. That doesn’t happen without a passion strong enough to make you want to abandon yourself completely in order to listen to the other guys.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We are a band of 5 musicians who all grew up around the Southeast and just love playing live music to make people dance! It was definitely tough at first (as every artist experiences) to create ourselves from “nothing” to… “something”. We try to always approach everything from a very casual/humble perspective because we obviously know how many amazing, qualified musicians are out there and belong on those stages. We began reinvesting all of our show profits into improving the sound, lights, the whole show experience. After opening for several southern jambands that we loved, Smith’s Olde Bar became our home in Atlanta and that stage brought on a whole new level of intentionality and energy to the band. We currently have an album in the works which is also a relatively new experience for us. It’s hard to stay focused on the love-affair aspect of your creative interest when so much of today’s “success” is rooted in validation from others, but we feel very lucky to have learned so much from other bands and the good people at Smith’s. When playing live music that has a strong element of improvisation, you have to accept taking risks as a normal component and really train your mind to avoid listening to your own instrument and turn that focus to listening to everyone else in the band. Nothing special ever happens when you’re just focused on yourself while working as a group. It’s a challenging mindset to get yourself to that place, but when everyone’s there mentally, it always takes your game to its highest level.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Atlanta has so much to offer! If it was summertime, that week would definitely include shooting the Hooch followed by a Saturday night Braves game. The neighborhoods like Edgewood, Old 4th Ward, and Inman Park have so many great places to have a drink and see the true diversity of Atlanta. Sitting on the hill at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park is always a treat, as is a long Beltline cruise. North Georgia is amazing to get out of the city and experience nature but we would definitely want to show them the energy that all the different areas of Atlanta have to offer.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I think we would collectively agree that, from a band growth/opportunity perspective, the people who deserve the most credit would be the talent buyers at Smith’s Olde Bar, Brittany Burdett and Sean McPherson. Brittany gave us our first shot at a club show and you just have to thank those people for giving you an opportunity. I think success is a relative term for every artist. For us, we had no intention of doing anything beyond playing college party cover-set shows because we just loved playing live music. When you love something so much, it manifests in ways you don’t expect… for us, Brittany & Sean are our catalysts for being able to experience things that we really admired as live music fans… playing on a professional club stage, working with 3-4 production engineers providing sound and lights for the show, packing old and new friends into the concert room and making them dance… what a dream! Brittany has since moved on to a great role at Scofflaw Brewery but has kept supporting us the whole time, most recently by inviting us to the Sunset Sessions live music program at Piedmont Park. We have always been fans of the bands that get invited to those slots every year, so that was a real treat.
Thomas Galloway (Maradeen)