A B O U T
There's many sayings you might find on a t-shirt or internet meme that start with the phrase “make art”. In the case of Tony Noyes he just never got past those first two words. A bit of a renaissance man, Tony makes art in a multitude of ways: filmmaker, actor, graphic artist, musician, model...oh yes, art is certainly made.
Growing up in a musical family he began at a young age to sing, play piano and perform on stage. At age 12 he got his hands on an acoustic guitar and started to learn by ear, trying to cop licks from a Jimi Hendrix album bought at a garage sale. It was the only album he owned but that was about to change. His first rock concert, Van Halen in 1980, was life altering. To witness firsthand the musical might of Eddie Van Halen's guitar coupled with the combustible showiness of David Lee Roth was intoxicating. It was rock or bust from then on.
He starting honing his musical chops in the Phoenix, AZ music scene, jumping into various rock and metal projects. Learning the ropes of the stage and studio, he played everything from speed metal to acoustic music, making albums as well as music videos along the way. At age 19 he joined his first band Wicked Season as a guitarist. Later on he added to singing to the repertoire. He started an acoustic rock act called Deadwood whose sound was just a little too ahead of the curve of the Days Of The New/Tantric style that became popular in the mid 90s. No matter, he was always marching forward. As music changed at the turn of the millennium he was asked to front a band called KraiseD, releasing a demo produced by Stu Simmone (“keytar” innovator and Poison touring keyboardist) and recording two full albums with the group while getting his graphic design certification. At the same time he fell into some modeling jobs to bring in extra money. Working long hours by day in a sign shop as an artist, he began learning software that would lead him to animating and filmmaking in the years to come.
Taking a break from music to focus on his other art pursuits and family life he was enticed back to the stage after being asked to audition for an 80's tribute band several years back. The burgeoning tribute scene was starting to get hot and it was a chance to combine his loves of acting and music together, dressing in the wildest 80's getups he could find while screaming his lungs out nightly. He was touring the U.S. and making a living while resharpening his singing and stage skills, at one point playing in nine bands simultaneously! With a wicked sense of humor he portrayed Vince Neil, Axl Rose, and Paul Stanley as well as creating a few of his own characters. All the while reinvigorating his love of music and wanting to create again.
It was at this point Tony also began to become focused on filmmaking, feeling he had enough knowledge to create quality films and tell the stories he wanted to tell. Slowly backing away from each band, he found himself fully engulfed in film while continuing to write songs from time to time, the musical itch always present. He created a handful of films, winning some independent film awards for his work along the way. He also made various music videos, one currently up for an award at the end of 2020.
In 2019 he approached bassist/producer Chris Catero to produce a solo album he had been wanting to make since he started in music. Chris is a Phoenix music scene vet as well, his band Razer having been a scene staple for several years while also playing with ex-Megadeth guitar god Marty Friedman and in legendary Dokken drummer Wild Mick Brown's solo band The Bourbon Ballet. It was through an opening gig for Wild Mick's band that Tony got to hang with Chris and get to know him better. Afterward Tony was asked to sing on a single called “Suicide Love” for a one off project Chris was producing that also happened to have he and Mick as the rhythm section. The recording of that single proved to be a creative and fun session, with Tony making a video for the song as well that both Chris and Mick appeared in. He had such a blast with Chris during the whole “Suicide Love” experience that once the thought of finally making that solo album got the best of him he asked him to produce.
But...which way to go? Acoustic or heavy? Tony loves every speed and flavor of rock. After some initial writing sessions with Chris the seeds of a heavier album emerged, but not exactly what he originally thought it might be. A very organic writing process where Chris emphasized a more free wheeling approach to the songwriting opened up Tony's creative juices on a level he hadn't anticipated. Idea after idea started flow out and a more raw, diverse album started to take shape. Convention was tossed to the wind which led the music to take interesting turns while crossing up many styles of rock. In the recording process Chris urged Tony to try new things - different songwriting concepts, different ways to approach the guitar, attempting vocals he had never tried before. Tony presented songs as they came to him and the two of them crafted a collection of tunes that show many sides of his musicality. Many months and nine songs later the album "Good Vs Evil" was born. Songs like “Wings Of Gossamer”, “A Girl Like You”, and “Life Of A Star” showcase his penchant for a hooky chorus melody, while others like “No Fun”, “Crimson Swan” and the title track “Good Vs Evil” spotlight a more heavy handed light-and-shade approach that keeps the listener engaged. Truly an album with flow, and even the most catchy of songs bristle with real rock authenticity. Set to release on May 8th, 2020 (the world unexpected pandemic crisis be damned), a bevy of videos are planned for most of the album's songs as well as gigs supporting the album once the crisis is over.
None the matter, one thing that is absolutely certain to happen...Tony is always ready to make art!