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Back in July, we tipped Noah And The Loners as one of the 50 artists to watch at this year’s Rebellion Punk Festival at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens. That feeling was purely based on two YouTube videos that I stumbled across whilst doing my research.
4th August 2023 will go down as one of the most important days in my life, the day that grown men were seen crying, as 4 teens from Brighton, leathered the Pavilion Stage into the back of the net, with a blistering set of melodic punk songs. My emotions that night were raw. Now, I’m a crier at funerals, doesn’t matter who the deceased is, I get a tingling in the bridge of my nose the second the coffin hoves into view, and I’m away. Two songs into their set, the tingling began and my eyes were leaking, not through sadness but the pure joy of what was happening on stage. The aforementioned grown men hugged, fighting back the tears and mouthing “how f***ing good” are these?”
One of the songs that stuck in my memory that night, was the new single “Hell Of A Day”, where Noah confessed to being a fellow Tottenham Hotspur fan, and this was inspired by a day out with his mates, watching Spurs get beaten at home by Newcastle United and then finding his train home was delayed afterwards. Throw in too much alcohol, a sprained ankle and random ne’er-do-wells and you have the gist.
From Amber’s rumbling bassline, Noah’s (the other) pounding drums and the soaring fret-work from guitarist Joseph, the next 163 seconds belong to Noah Lonergan, as he dissects the anatomy of his bad day, spitting out lyrics like a nail gun. If I was a wine taster, I’d be reporting strains of Libertines/Babyshambles, infused with notes of Beastie Boys, and 80’s Punks Action Pact. Infectious doesn’t cover it. Check them out for yourselves as they head out on tour supporting The Meffs, on selected dates. Oh, and take some tissues!