ATN correspondent Chris Nelson grabbed Noise
Ben Lee for a very brief interview when the group was in Philadelphia the other
night. Noise Addict's new album, Meet the Real You has just been
released on the Beastie Boys Grand Royal label.
Addicted To Noise: Have all
your U.S. shows been all ages?
Ben Lee: Yeah, so far.
ATN: How does the
size of this show compare to the shows you're used to playing back
Lee: Same size as this. Some of the other shows we did, like in
Portland or L.A., have been way bigger, like five times bigger.
long will the tour last?
Lee: All of January. Next we go to New York,
Boston, and L.A.
ATN: Is Noise Addict headlining all the dates?
Yeah, except in Japan, we're doing a show with the Beastie Boys.
you work with producer Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Veruca Salt) again on the new
Lee: Yeah. It was good. It's always fun to do it with him. He knows
what we want. It's compatible, you know?
ATN: What's it like to be on the
Grand Royal label? Do they give you good support?
Lee: It's really good.
Basically, everything they do, they put past us...It's perfect for me right
now. In Australia, our record label doesn't do as much, they don't initiate as
many things. But Grand Royal's on the ball.
ATN: I want to ask you about
one of your songs, although I'm hesitant, because I don't want to ask a writer
to offer the definitive interpretation. But I've listened to "The Frail Girl"
about twenty times today, and I can't figure out *why* she's frail. In the
song, she's got the power over singer.
Lee: In the beginning...I have a
friend we call the frail girl, she just falls over in the wind. The song's a
paradox; I thought [the title] was appropriate. There's a Keats poem, "La Belle
Dame sans Merci" (it means "The Beautiful Lady Without Pity"). It's about a
really strong person who's covering up lots of insecurities. That's what I
think...[the interpretation] is as much mine as anyone else's.