|Origin||Orange County, California, U.S.|
|Associated acts||The Crucified
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|Past members||Edie Goodwin
Headnoise is one of the main pioneers of "old-school" Christian punk rock, founded in 1994. They are prominent for being on the forefront of the Southern California-based "JCHC" underground movement, along with Officer Negative. This was the second wave of the "Old-School Christian Punk" movement, following in the footsteps of bands like The Crucified, Nobody Special, and Scaterd Few.
Headnoise has had several lineup changes over their long career, but the core of the band are husband and wife team Robert & Edie Goodwin (on Bass and Vocals, respectively), and Sid Duffour (on Guitar). They are characterized as being extremely bold and uncompromising about their faith , with guitar-driven, powerfully fast, yet sophisticated hardcore punk music and provocative Christian lyrics. Their songs deal with a range of themes including modern pragmaticism, social injustice, personal struggles, and practical spiritual insights.
Originally based in Orange County, California, they eventually moved to Illinois in the year 2000 to join Jesus People USA (aka "JPUSA"), an intentional Christian community and urban ministry serving inner-city Chicago with national and international branches of ministry. There, they became one of the top bands on the JPUSA-run record label, Grrr Records. They band also became a mainstay at the Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell (see www.cornerstonefestival.com) where they became the only band to play every single year since their first time playing.
After a decade of touring and releasing 5 albums, they announced their retirement in the winter of 2005 in order to focus on their families and other ministry callings. However, the band did re-form shortly thereafter with only the Goodwins as original members with other respected stand-in musicians. This incarnation lasted a couple years playing sparse shows and even one short tour, but did not produce the previous excitement and enthusiasm with their dedicated fan base, nor did they write and record the long awaited follow-up release to their last record, “For Now We Know In Part:1”.
The band members have gone their separate ways, but are remembered by the legacy of changing the Christian punk scene and bringing a legitimacy and higher level of talent and integrity to that genre, recognized by both Christian and secular fans.
- Van Pelt, Doug (March–April 1999). "Indie Album Reviews: HEADNOISE". HM Magazine (76). Retrieved 2007-04-24.