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  • Type: Band
  • Hometown: San Diego, CA
  • Active:

    1982 - 1985, April
  • Number of gigs played: 11
  • Number of other acts played with: 13
Sceneroller, Noise 292, Hobie Hodge, David Rives, Kristin Martin, Matthew Rothenberg, Joanne Norris, Wendell Kling
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If we can get David "Kavika" Rives back to the mainland from his bamboo home in Hawaii, I would love to record some new material! I've wanted to challenge myself with some compositions in the Noise 292 vein. Fingers crossed!
Noise 292: Hobie Hodge, Kristin Martin
Noise 292: Kristin Martin, David Rives
Flyer by David Rives: Guerrilla performance by Noise 292 and the Rockin' Dogs; Muir College tennis courts, UCSD, June 30, 1983. (I don't believe this occurred.)
Matthew Rothenberg & Friends, 1984 (photo by Harold Gee)
Matthew Rothenberg, Hobie Hodge, Noise 292, Che Cafe, July 1983
About This Act

Noise 292 was the short-lived but influential creation of young San Diegans attending UCSD. In its tumultuous 18-month gigging life, the band connected the North County and downtown alternative scenes, created a venue for underground music at UCSD, and influenced later musical innovators such as Crash Worship.

The core songwriters for the group — Kristin Martin, David Rives and Matthew Rothenberg — met during their freshman year. Matthew and Dave had attended San Dieguito High School in Encinitas and played in cover bands together. Kristin was down in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego; she had played in Lemons Are Yellow with future Answers guitarist Dave Fleminger. The group's sound was inspired by a combustible mix of influences, including the Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, and Joy Division. To add a postindustrial edge, the founders took the then-novel step of introducing trash percussion: a 40-gallon oil drum, steel pipes, even a barbeque grill. The role of percussionist was filled in quick succession by two successive San Dieguito students: first Hobie Hodge, who was quickly replaced by his friend Wendell Kling.

The definitive Noise 292 lineup was completed by drummer Joanne Norris (formerly Madame Gargoyle of the Injections). Joanne's insistent tribal beats (she played without cymbals) proved the ideal complement to Wendell's trash percussion. Noise 292 fell in early with the Answers and played its first show at the Che Cafe in May 1983 with that band. In quick succession, the bands encountered Carlsbad's Hair Theatre as well as SD's Wallflowers and Poway’s Rockin' Dogs; these “Che Underground” bands went on to play many gigs at the Che as well as other venues.

The Noise 292 shows of 1983 and 1984 broke important ground. The mixed-gender, transgressive band (Joanne wore bondage gear and Wendell, a dress, to the group's gig with Paisley Undergrounders the Three O'Clock!) alternately entertained and horrified North County and downtown, straight and gay, mod and punk audiences. Kristin's departure in early 1984 cost the band an important source of focus and songwriting talent; it inaugurated a gradual dissolution, and Noise 292 played its last show on Halloween night, 1984.

Current Status

Kristin went on to form Synesthesia and a number of other bands; she currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area and owns a multimedia design business. Matthew launched 3 Guys Called Jesus in spring 1985, then moved to San Francisco, where he performed with the Ho Hos and the Amazons; he now works in the New York publishing industry. Joanne drummed for Everybody Violet and the Wallflowers before dropping off the radar. Wendell is a successful installation artist; Dave is currently living in Hawaii.

  • Nid: 2325
  • Audio
    • Noise 292 plays "Sister Ray"
    • Noise 292 plays "Never Come Near"
    • Noise 292 plays "The Assassin"
    • Noise 292 plays "Chanson Dada"
    • Noise 292 plays "Stupid Future"
    • Noise 292 plays "Talking in Circles"
    • Noise 292 plays "Subterranean Homesick Blues"
    • Noise 292 plays "Mr. Pumpkin"
    • Noise 292 plays "Eyesight"

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