NEW ALBUM MIND MAPS OUT APRIL 19, 2013
Noah Symons is a visual artist and musician who performs under the moniker Great Earthquake. In his musical performance Noah utilises a number of instruments to create soundscapes, organically built up in time, with a strong emphasis on rhythm. Often referred to as a scientist or magician, Noah uses illusions and trickery that pushes the boundaries of what is the ‘one man band’
In performance Noah has seldom stayed still, playing shows to his home crowd in Melbourne and also touring Sydney, Hobart and Adelaide. Noah was also invited to perform at The Falls Festival NYE 2009/2010 and in New Zealand in February 2011 at the Camp A Low Hum festival. He has played with a myriad of amazing bands including Born Ruffians (Canada), High Places (USA), Toro Y Moi (USA), and Mick Turner (Dirty Three). Great Earthquake released his first full length album Drawings in May 2010 on the Sensory Projects label which was distributed by Inertia in Australia and New Zealand.
The album received great reviews all over, album of the week on Sydney's FBI radio, high rotation on Melbourne's Triple R, airplay on Triple J, and Melbourne’s street press Beat magazine chose the song ‘Words And Images’ as Single of the Week. Noah is currently working on the follow up to Drawings which will be titled Mind Maps due for release in April 2013 on Lost And Lonesome. The first double-A-side single has been has been released from it featuring the tracks ‘Mind Maps’ and ‘Appropriate’.
"'Mind Maps' is immense, and ever-swelling tribal work-out pitching massive rudimentary drums against layers upon layers upon layers of sound in a manner reminiscent of Gang Gang Dance. Excellent". Inpress Magazine (Single of the Week)
“In 'Appropriate' Symons shows us Great Earthquake is essentially an instrumental dance band for sharehouse livingrooms, for driving around or out of town, even jogging maybe. The “Uh Oh”s become like a mantra for getting psyched, like air-punch running on the spot, Antony Robbins doing flashdance. This song would be perfect on an ipod ad. But I don’t mean that derisively, ipods have pretty good taste in music”. Milk bar Magazine (Single of the week)
“Could listen to these patchwork gems all day Noah. In fact, i've been known to do that already. Big fan of your album and your multi limbed/multi instrumented layering attacks”. Steph Hughes, triple j