Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Dead And Crazy Rock Heroes Talk To Jim Noir

MANCHESTER, England (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Jim Noir says he can hear the voices of dead and crazy rock stars – in his music, anyway.

Noir is a critically acclaimed musician from England’s storied Manchester scene, but the 24 year-old Noir was only a lad when his hometown was having its pop music heyday in the ’80s.

He confesses that his biggest influence is The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.

Noir agrees that people who make the most unique, complicated and melodic pop music are often crazy or dead at a young age, or both – just like Wilson, Frank Zappa, Jeff Buckley and Pink Floyd’s recently departed Syd Barrett.

But he’s pretty sure he’s not as crazy as those guys, yet.

In his words, “I’m known to get lost around the nearby towns and have my own odd experiences, but it only lasts a night.”

He adds: “I guess what makes me similar to [those types of musicians]: I’m really happy when I’m writing or making music, and not much else.”

Jim Noir will be touring with Lollapalooza and his own U.S. tour this summer; his new album, Tower Of Love, hits stores Tuesday (Aug. 8).

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