In the time it takes most new bands to get off the ground, D.C.’s Noon:30 has already toured the country, survived a lineup change and tackled a record store’s worth of musical styles.
The band has been in a constant state of reinvention since forming in 2008 with bassist/guitarist Aissa Arroyo-Hill, lead singer/bassist Blue S. Moon and drummer Vivianne Njoku. Now, with the recent departure of Njoku, Noon:30 has undergone its biggest makeover yet. Arroyo-Hill talked to Express about what to expect from the latest incarnation.
What’s in store for the new band?
Blue and I are continuing forward, with the plan of becoming an electronic duo. We’re still going to have a lot of the same punk sounds that we had before, but we’re adding in a lot of elements of electronica.
What inspired you to go in that direction?
I’m a huge admirer of the Knife as well as Daft Punk and Kraftwerk. As I started getting more interested, we started adding those elements into our music. We really like how we’re able to express something through soundscapes and noise.
How have you adjusted to playing without Vivianne Njoku?
You have years playing with someone, so you’re always going to miss them. But we’re not trying to re-create the Noon:30 people are used to seeing. We’re just moving forward and going in a slightly different direction.
Do you ever worry about getting lumped into one particular scene?
I think we had the pigeonholing happen when we started, but we broke from that because not one of our songs had ever sounded like the other songs. There is no way you can hold us to one genre.
How have you managed to build such a strong local following?
I honestly think it’s due to people wanting to hear and see something slightly different. I think we are very lucky, and we’re very blessed. By luck, I mean it’s opportunity meets practice. It’s opportunity meets drive.