Boston hardcore quartet The Noble is the latest from Brandon Davis (Vanna, Lions Lions) and today they’ve released their first single “Helmet” off their upcoming EP Abolitionism. “Helmet” the second track off the band’s six track EP, which is set to release April 20th, mixes influences of Eighteen Visions and Reign Supreme and has the band coming out swinging, as one as the heaviest hardcore acts from the Boston area in over a decade.
Drummer, Brandon Davis commented on the single saying, “’Helmet’ is about staying determined and keeping forward momentum in life. It’s important to always get back up when the difficulties of life knock you down.”
How did you first get in to music? Who or what turned you onto rock/metal?
I got into music somewhat by accident. My group of friends in middle school all played music and like any other young kid, I wanted to fit in so I asked my parents for a guitar. As far as rock/metal, My friend’s showed me Metallica and I was instantly hooked. I went to see them in concert at the Foxborough Stadium in the year 2000 and that made me very interested in playing music on a professional level. Some years later, I discovered the band Thursday and that was really what triggered me to commit to pursuing a music career.
What got you started playing music and how old were you?
I am not sure how old I was. I know it was 6th grade haha.
What was the first heavy record you owned and are a collector?
I am not a record collector but the first heavy record I owned was “And Justice For All by Metallica”.
How did the band form and how did the band name come about?
The band formed by me asking Jay (our vocalist) to scream in a band with me. The name word “Noble” means showing high moral principles and I deals, with our songs having a theme of being against racism, prejudice and discrimination, we thought the name was fitting.
What makes a good The Noble song?
Same thing that makes any song good, these nuts.
Who is leaking music and why?
I do not know who is leaking music but my assumption as to “why” would be that they want to listen to it…..for free.
What artists with a message have made you change in any particular way and what was that change?
As Cities Burn, The Chariot and Story of The Year opened my eyes to what an energetic live show is. After seeing those bands live, I started to cut a little rug on stage.
Who are some of your influences? Who can we hear in your music?
My influences are Meshuggah, Metallica, James Brown, Usher, Michael Jackson, a bunch of hardcore/post hardcore bands from the early 2000’s and Queen.
Do you still buy cds and records or mostly use streaming sites? Which sites do you use?
I use Spotify mostly.
What does hardcore mean to you?
I got into hardcore around 2004. At that time, it was a community of like minded individuals who could enjoy a good time at shows. It was an important part of my life and continues to be.