The Grand Rapids based post-hardcore quintet Novice come across as anything but new to their craft in their first music video which they just released. Their track “Big Country” clocks in at just under two minutes and seems pretty straight forward at first but has a few surprising moments along the race to the end. To quote their closing lyrics, “this is not what you think”. SkipFiction caught up with front man Alex VanRavenswaay for a little Q&A about where you might be able to find these guys around town.
Novice is performing at the Pyramid Scheme Local Showcase #23 this weekend alongside the Hand Grenades Old Fire, and the Terrible Lovelies.
What was the process of creating this music video like and how was working with Orange Cap?
This was our first official music video, so we didn’t really know what to expect going into it. We basically just loaded all our gear in and played through the song and let Orange Cap do his thing. Working with Orange cap was great. Andy is a super stand up guy, really genuine, and showed a lot of enthusiasm throughout the whole process. We would shoot a scene and then there would be silence, and we would hear him just yell “F@$#!” in the most excited way possible. Having him so invested in shooting the video as much as we were really helped get us in a good mindset and kept us amped from start to finish.
How as your recent first tour? Did you learn anything that will change the way you approach your next tour?
Our first tour was great, it was an awesome bonding experience for all of us. We hadn’t had a chance to get out of town and all hang out like that, so it was a blast. Next time around we’ll be more conscious about getting a good night’s sleep and making sure we’re rested. We went a little too hard our first night out which left us pretty wiped out the next day but ya live and ya learn
How do you feel about the hardcore/punk scene in GR?
The hardcore/punk scene in Grand Rapids is really cool, and in a lot of ways is going through a resurgence right now which is awesome to watch. You’ve got a lot of unique bands out doing their thing and melting faces off. There’s cool DIY venues and places like Local 741 (Kuzzins Bar) which are helping bring things to the front lines.
What are your favorite spots to hang out or eat in GR?
Favorite spot in town to eat would definitely be Maggie’s Kitchen, if you haven’t been yet we highly recommend. As for hanging out, we like Rocky’s a lot, or the Meanwhile. Anywhere where the drinks are cheap and the PBR flows like wine.
Favorite venues to play?
Favorite venues so far would be Rocky’s. They’ve helped us book some of our first shows and without them things would be a lot different. Local 741 was a really fun spot to play in town too. There are really cool DIY venues like the Workshop(RIP), Proud of You House, and The Witch House, which do a great job bringing people together and booking some killer line ups.