You may have heard them, better yet you’ve seen them live. Vocalist and pianist Benza Maman and harpist Will Barrett make up the local duo group Noisywaters. With a unique musical style, incorporating classical instruments with pop and electronic foundations, the band is bringing fresh sounds to Bellingham.
According to Maman, the band has seen a rise in local popularity since the release of their debut album VERANO on Spotify this July.
“A wave started once we released that thing, more than anything people know us now around town,” Barrett said. “It feels like Noisywaters has a place in Bellingham now.”
This newfound sense of belonging could be due to the fact Noisywaters has now headlined a show at the Wild Buffalo, one of Bellingham’s most well-loved music venues. Or, most recently, being asked to play as the sole live music act at the large-scale event Paint B’ham Blue for WWU on Sept. 27.
Barrett said him and Maman have been excited since first being approached to play this show and, as they have found out more about the event, their excitement continues to grow.
Before VERANO’s release, the group had gained a following in the community from performances as Schweinhaus Biergarten’s resident Saturday night act throughout the summer.
“I love their atmosphere, just their stage setup alone is fantastic. It’s very different,” Tyler Mead, an audience member and Western Junior, said. “They’ve got a very specific vibe.”
The guys of Noisywaters feel their music is best experienced live and are highly attentive to the ambiance they create during performances.
“I saw the band pull out some philodendrons and I was sold immediately. They’re hanging up these little lamps on the tree and putting out their houseplants, seven or eight houseplants,” Western alum Jordan Clawson said.
In terms of stage design for their show at Paint Bellingham Blue, Barrett said it’s going to be the biggest and most done-up version of their music performed yet. “We’ve got a lot of new songs, new toys to play music with and even more plants,” Maman added.
The band noted they will have a local artist muralist live painting on stage with them during the show. Barrett said they have also secured a partnership with a local nursery to ensure Noisywaters’ vision of playing amidst a lush jungle of tropical plants is amplified to the greatest degree.
Be sure to catch Noisywaters performing at Paint B’ham Blue for WWU on Sept. 27 at the Depot Market Place in Downtown Bellingham. In case you can’t make it, they’ll also be at the Summer’s End Music and Arts Gathering and State of Bliss Three Year Anniversary show.