On December 11, indie outfit the Noise FM headlines the second annual Noise for Toys benefit show at the Bottleneck. The charity concert, which is organized by members of the Noise FM with the support of the Douglas County Toys for Tots program, is also the band's first hometown show since brothers Austin and Alex Ward made the move to Chicago this past summer.
The Pitch: How did the first Noise for Toys event happen?
Alex Ward: We were trying to figure out an organization that we could all agree on that would benefit the community, but was also something we could believe in. My brother [Noise FM drummer Austin Ward] and I had previously worked at Toys for Tots in Fort Scott, Kansas. Everybody at Toys for Tots was really supportive and wanted to help out with the event. It turned out to be a bigger success than we had anticipated.
How did you get the list of bands lined up?
This year we decided we wanted to make it bigger and better, with some bands we really love. That's how we got the ACBs — that's just one of our favorite bands. We've lived with Cowboy Indian Bear for the last couple of years in Lawrence, and they've always been great friends. This will be Quiet Corral's EP show. They're a phenomenal band, especially for being so new. Hawley Shoffner moved up to Chicago with us, and she'll be coming back to play the concert.
Does this first show in Lawrence feel like a homecoming?
We've been kind of homesick for Lawrence and Kansas City. We're really happy with the move to Chicago, but it's going to feel good to go back home and be comfortable.