Noise Addict

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Noise Addict was an Australian alternative rock band, formed in Bondi Beach in 1992, originally consisting of Ben Lee, Doron Kalinko, Daniel Kohn, Joel Wasserman, Daniel Mapp and Saul Smith.

The band recorded its first demo when Lee was only thirteen years old, and the group played its first concert afterwards. They were discovered by Fellaheen Records executive Steve Pavlovic, who sent their tape to Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. Moore signed them to his Ecstatic Peace record label, and the DEF EP was released in early 1993. It was fairly successful, and the band was thereafter signed to Fellaheen.

Shortly afterwards, Noise Addict released another EP, The Taste in My Eyes; its single "I Wish I Was Him", about Evan Dando, became quite popular, attracting the attention of Mike D from the Beastie Boys, who would maneuver to sign the band to Grand Royal Records. Noise Addict released another EP with Fellaheen, Noise Addict vs. Silverchair, before being officially signed and releasing Young and Jaded in 1994.

After the success of Young and Jaded, Ben Lee released his solo debut Grandpaw Would, and Kalinko exited the band to be replaced by Romy Hoffman. In late 1995, Noise Addict released their only full-length album, Meet the Real You, and toured with Sebadoh briefly before disbanding. Also in 1995, the band contributed the song "Mouthwash" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Bothered produced by the Red Hot Organization.

Ben Lee is a successful solo artist, having released several albums since Noise Addict's breakup. Daniel Mapp currently plays with the band Waikiki. Romy Hoffman performs hip-hop under the name Macromantics.

On 1 September 2009, a new incarnation of Noise Addict, featuring Ben Lee, Lou Barlow and Lara Meyerratken released the album it was never about the audience.[1]