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BRIAN HILL AND THE NOH STARRS

Brian started making his way into the New York scene as a hired touring guitarist for the bands Chairlift and Tamaryn. While playing a show with the latter in Los Angeles, he met the gaze-rockers of Froth, and the band’s cover of a Brian Eno song instantly sparked a friendship between them. Lead singer Joo Joo Ashworth offered to let Hill crash in his spare room in LA, and soon the pair began sharing their respective demos. This encounter, and the early recordings, spurred their collaboration on what would become Brian’s debut album And the Noh Starrs.

And the Noh Starrs is Brian Hill’s love/hate letter to New York, an exploration of his life and experiences in the city, and the anguish of having to leave it to love it. In his songs, he writes about surviving his first few years in the city, the surreality of New York City life, and the intriguing characters he met along the way both in New York and while traveling around the world: a stalker, a friend called Sarah, and the city itself as a living entity. The songs can appear manic at times and meditative at others—just like the city makes him feel.

Featured on the full-length are Joo Joo Ashworth (Froth) and his sister Sasami (Cherry Glazerr), Laena Geronimo (Feels), and Tomas Dolas (Mr. Elevator), who also produced the record. The band weaves Hill’s candid lyrics into a sound that lives in the realms of glam, no-wave, and rock ’n‘ roll. In the studio, the recording process often involved incorporating many versions of live takes à la Can, as well as experimenting with studio-as-an-instrument production techniques.

Office Magazine debuted the album’s first single and video, “The New Yorker,” and Brian Hill and his band will hold residencies summer at Berlin (New York) and the Bootleg Theater (Los Angeles).