Anyone who followed independent music in the ’90s knows Jason Noble. The Louisville musician was an integral member of brilliant math-punk crew Rodan along with post-rockers Shipping News, classically minded Egon Schiele fans Rachel’s, etc. (While we’re thinking about Kentucky, don’t forget Half-Cocked.) Noble has a new project, a band called the Young Scamels. The group features Noble on guitar, bass, drums, and keys along with two Rachel’s cohorts — Christian Frederickson on viola, piano, computer and Greg King doing vibes, percussion, and keys — and some guests. Young Scamels began in 2008 as part of a production of “The Tempest” at Actors Theatre in Louisville, which is why the Shakespeareans amongst you will find “Full Fathom Five (Thy Father Lies)” and the band’s name (“I’ll bring thee to clustering filberts and sometimes I’ll get thee young scamels from the rock,” says Caliban to Stephano and Trinculo) familiar. (If you’re a scholar of indie rock/a fan of Noble’s past projects, it’s good to see he’s still focused on literature/bodies of water.) The album includes “Full Fathom,” of course, along with other music played live during the show’s 41 performances. I’m guessing this one was part of Ariel’s song in Act I, Scene II.
Tempest is out 9/21 via File 13. It was recorded by Kevin Ratterman (Wax Fang, Elliott) and includes guest spots from vocalist Amber Estes (Liberation Prophecy, Invaders), vocalist Jeffery V. Thompson, and drummer Kyle Crabtree (Shipping News, Shannonwright). You can hear more at MySpace. As an important aside, and as you may already know, Noble’s been battling cancer since the fall of 2009. You can keep up to date and help with medical costs at his CaringBridge page. Jason’s most recent update is optimistic — here’s to things continuing that way.