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Hiding behind the walls from you Cameras can see it all They close their eyes on us Pushing down the below on you In a world we have never known Their eyes are all on us Every other word is a lie Only honest half the time The urge, the sound It's swelling up and it falls back down The weight is all on us This isn't right This isn't wrong This is the only way We all recognize our place Every other word is a lie Only honest half the time I've tried to see both sides Every other sound is a sigh See it all in black and white I've tried
Scam Artist 02:44
Fools 03:39
Road Warrior 03:56


Austin & I began writing this record in our basement in the winter of 2010. We had just moved to Logan Square in Chicago and were unemployed and freezing. It was a bleak period.

Things have gotten better since then.

- Alex 7/9/13


released January 28, 2014

Alex Ward: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Programming
Austin Ward: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums

Additional synth on “Crooked Smile” and guitar on “Keep Me In The Dark” by Greg “Tone-Bone” Panciera.
Hand claps on “Road Warrior” by our roommates John Bennett, Jared Holloway, and Summer Shiflett.
Additional vocals on “Ghost In The Microphone” by Captain CJ Calhoun & Beau Bruns of Cowboy Indian Bear.
Additional vocals on “The Attraction” by Carolina Rodriguez.

The Noise FM live is Alex, Austin, and Barry Kidd on bass.

Recorded at Waterdog Studios, Chicago, and in our basement.
Produced by Greg Panciera and The Noise FM.
Engineered and mixed by Greg Panciera.
“Spells & Potions” and “Road Warrior” engineered and mixed by Alex Ward.

Mastered by Dominick Maita at Airshow Mastering.

Artwork & Design by Rhianna Weilert at Polyform Design.
Photography by Carolina Mariana.

Label: The Record Machine


We’re honored to know so many talented artists, photographers, bands and creative types who have helped us along the way.


Thanks to all of our friends and family in Chicago, Lawrence, and Kansas City, Mark & Lisa Ward, Rhianna Weilert, Carolina Rodriguez, Barry “The Kidd,” Greg “Party Captain” Panciera, Jim Vondruska, Quinn Brabender, Andrew “MVP” Hicks, Mike Ewing, Mike Racanelli, Gavin Snider, Brady Groothius, Nathan Reusch at The Record Machine, Erik Weber, Sean O’Keefe, Kyle, Becki, Matt and everyone at Rhapsody Productions, Richard and Chip at Larryville Chronicles, Neill at Riot Room, Jeriney at 96.5 The Buzz, Bethany Smith, Fally at I Heart Local Music, Fearless Radio, Music Dealers, Matthew Donnelly at KCConfidential, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, our friends and brothers in Cowboy Indian Bear, Quiet Corral, Archie Powell & The Exports, Blane Fonda, Aktar Aktar, The Photo Atlas and every other band we’ve had the honor to share the stage with, Jeppson’s Malort, and most importantly our cat, Mr. Budget.


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The Noise FM Los Angeles, California

The Noise FM plays melodic, beat-driven indie-rock. Sometimes the tunes get really loud with fuzzed out synthesizers and gnarly riffs. Other times, it gets quieter -- all grooves and sexy vibes. Regardless of the volume, people tend to dance.
Brothers Alex & Austin Ward formed The Noise FM in Lawrence, Kansas. After 9 years in Chicago, the band relocated to Los Angeles in 2019.
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