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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Kitchen Noise

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Story behind your band/artist name: Kitchen Noise started as a Cory Foley-Marsello's solo recording project. When he first moved to the DC area, he set up a small studio in the basement of a group home, right below the kitchen. Often as he was recording. the sounds of friends cooking and cleaning would trickle down the stairs. Kitchen Noise earwormed it's way into his head during these years, and stuck. -- Cory Foley-Marsello is a Washington, DC-based audio engineer who started getting some ideas out alone in the studio after everyone had gone home. Originally playing everything on his first album Ceramics, he soon recruited talented friends to help him recreate the songs, and eventually work on new material. Joined by Matt Krist on bass, Andrew Toy on drums, and Jay Hardin on keyboards, the sound was given more structure. Cory's guitar work, still leads the band, but the added layers and rhythm create a heavier sound with cacophonous peaks, and hushed atmospherics. Later, Cory's future wife Kim Nelson joined the band, and her voice was the perfect compliment to his novice and untamed rasp. After wrangling their sound for the stage, and arranging a batch of new material, Kitchen Noise went back to the studio where everything had begun. This time with a full band, their new album The Host is a complete statement. The result is an archeological dig through layers of dusty guitar lines, heavy drums, and layers of rich organs and synths. The song Shadows represents the sound best, as it starts with muted fingerpicked guitars, and ends with a raucous, climactic guitar solo. It's a simple song that finds its power in the details of the playing and production. Each section has new layers that propel the song forward, through rich textures and blurry ambience. Mountain Home closes out the album, and finds Kitchen Noise at their most recognizable and straightforward. A country-tinged tune hits with a catchy chorus, before settling into an outro that builds to the band's most climactic moment, before it falls back to earth with a tender truth -- "Everything that you can see will be, yours and mine..."

Band Members: Cory - Guitar, Banjo, Vocals. Kim - Vocals. Matt - Bass. Andrew - Drums. Jay - Keyboards, Vocals.

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : I live in the North Michigan Park neighborhood in NE DC. But we practice in College Park at Andrew's home. Jay lives in Takoma Park, and Matt is the odd man out, from Baltimore.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area:I've been a local audio engineer for 10 years. I first worked at Bias Studios in Springfield, VA. Which is where we record as well. I now work in Post Production, but still work with other local bands in my free time. 

I met my wife Kim, who now sings in the band, here in DC. 

Andrew Toy, is a local fixture in the DC drumming scene. He's an amazing teacher, and we are very lucky to have found him.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: We've recently released our new album "The Host". And we have a show coming up at the Velvet Lounge on 1/20.

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Main Genre: Indie

Other Genres: Indie Folk, ambient folk, post rock,