We’ve caught previous shows by the local sensation The Noms, so when word got out they’d be playing with The Real Matt Jones and Asper Kourt at Low Spirits in Albuquerque, NM we couldn’t miss it!
The Noms are a brilliantly composed ensemble of four guys and one girl that steadily lay down tracks of original material with gutsy acapella and choral break-outs blended in guitar, piano and percussive harmonies. No wonder they’re rapidly expanding beyond a fan base of co-eds to garner attention outside the Sandia Scene.
Feel-good stage performances and goose-bump inducing acoustics give this group a defining audience appeal that belie their youth. Live music clips are available on facebook to whet your appetite and provide testament to the raw talent of this band. If the clips leave you wanting more, upcoming shows include: Motherlode Bar in Red River on September 11th, The State Fairgrounds in Albuquerque on September 24th, Balloon Fiesta VIP Tent on October 2nd, Hopfest at O’Neill’s Pub on October 16th and Project Acoustic at El Rey Theater on November 5th. When The Noms embark on their 40 city tour next summer remember you heard the name here first!
I would be remiss in not giving a nod to The Real Matt Jones who took the stage before The Noms and put on a show worth writing up. A singer and songwriter originally from Albuquerque, Matt works a crowd unlike any solo act we’ve seen here yet! He effortlessly combines musical and conversational talent to make you feel like you’re at a private jam session listening to the next big surprise in Acoustics. Weaving rhythmic nuances against a pop-oriented background, the Real Matt Jones does solo right. See you at the next show!
On a final note, I’m sorry to say that we didn’t arrive at the venue in time to see Asper Kourt, voted Albuquerque The Magazine’s 2009 "Best Local Band Headed to Stardom." There is local buzz that has sparked our interest so you can expect some future material on these high school buddies that formed a band in a garage on Asper Court in Albuquerque, NM. Join us next time. . .
The Noms Members:
Mike Mares – Guitar, vocals
Michelle Baumann – Guitar, vocals
Greg Pisotti – Guitar
Jesse Herrera – Vocals, drums
Josh Herrera – Keyboard