Jim Noir
Jim Noir Singer/songwriter Jim Noir was born in 1982 in Davyhulme, Manchester, the same city that gave birth to Morrissey 23 years before. His dreams of making music started early; he was fascinated with TV as a young boy, and by middle school he was performing in talent shows and singing in various karaoke competitions. His performance of 808 State's "In Yer Face" with his friend Batfinks was supposedly a legendary moment for the young Noir. It was also more than enough for Noir to decide that making music would be his life.

In 2003, he landed a recording contract with the U.K. indie imprint My Dad Recordings. Noir already had notebooks full of songs, and three EPs -- Eanie Meany, My Patch, and A Quiet Man -- quickly followed by 2004. His pop sensibility is classic, echoing '60s psychedelic pop, '70s soft rock, and indie pop. Mancunian locals the Beep Seals -- Jack Cooper (vocals/guitar), Phil "Fingers" Anderson (keyboards/vocals), Milo Scaglioni (bass), and Ian Smith (drums) -- joined Noir for the recording of his debut album. Tower of Love was released in early 2006. A performance at the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin, TX, introduced Noir to American audiences that March. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, All Music Guide