About the Non-Commissioned Officers
THE NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS RELEASE SPELLBINDING SOPHOMORE RECORD MONEY LOOKING FOR THIEVES
Brothers Eric and Jordan Lehning formed The Non-Commissioned Officers to score the 2008 award-winning independent feature film MAKE-OUT with VIOLENCE. Eric is the fervent front man for the group consisting of some of Nashville's finest instrumentalists, and Jordan, once a touring member of the band, has graduated to a full-time producer and engineer since film's release.
After completing the film's double-disc soundtrack, the band returned to the studio to create Money Looking For Thieves, featuring songs of bravado and melancholy, an homage to pop music of all stripes.
The Non-Coms discovered their sound among various pop styles, combining rich vocals with surf-toned guitars and dark keyboards. Stylistically, The Non-Coms showcase diversity, both from the Nashville music scene as a whole and in terms of general musical acumen. Yet these songs are anchored by a common approach as The Non-Coms lead the listener in with lush arrangements and ultimately reward them with a sing-along chorus.
Eight of the nine new songs from the album were written exclusively by the Lehning's, and Money Looking For Thieves is truly an extension of the brothers inclination towards pop allure featured in the debut soundtrack. There is however an undeniable switch on this album as gears shift from a simultaneously hooky and eerie movie soundtrack to a driving and percussive pop statement.
The Oracle - Money Looking for Thieves Review by Kassi Thomas - ...I don't know that the work of the Non-Commissioned Officers was initially intended to live beyond writing songs for a movie about the undead, but as the Non-Coms played live shows in Nashville over the next few years, the undeniable power of their dance-pop took hold. [ more ]
The Deli Nashville - Reviews Money Looking for Thieves by Jessica Pace - The Non-Commissioned Officers are going to use their synthesizers, damn it. And they'll use them to resurrect the spirit of British '80s glam pop. Money Looking for Thieves, the band's second album released March 11, sounds like the soundtrack for a Bowie-guided tour through the Labyrinth or a slick nightclub Talking Heads would have frequented. The drums are crisp and the feedback is transparent as the sextet emulates Peter Gabriel, The Smiths and occasionally The Police. [ more ]
Consequence of Sound - Album Review - The Non-Commissioned Officers, or Non-Comms as they're often lovingly abbreviated, are one of the hottest acts bubbling out of Nashville right now. Ask any geologist and they'll tell you — that's hot. They've torn up the local scene, played Bonnaroo, produced and scored a feature film, and just this weekend dropped their second album, Money Looking For Thieves. Though Money Looking For Thieves is indeed their sophomore album, in many ways it's also a debut. You see, The Non-Comms have a strange origin, and before we dive into this album review, it's one worth telling. [ read more }
Nashville Scene Critic's Pick - The Non-Commissioned Officers have come a long way since Sheikh Eric il-bin Lehning led the band in opening last year's Bonnaroo Music Festival for a captive audience of sweaty hippies craving boss tunes. Their live lineup has lost members (including co-founder Jordan Lehning and Scene writer Adam Gold) and recruited fresh blood, and The Non-Coms have released their LP on vinyl with the DVD/Blu-Ray of the locally shot Make-Out With Violence to great acclaim. [ read more }
CLUSTER1 - Funny story: The Non-Comms (as they're affectionately abbreviated) were founded to score Make-out With Violence. The "band" was turned into a means of raising money to complete the film and became a full-fledged act during and after production. The double-disc soundtrack to Make-out With Violence was their debut album, and a newly reassembled readies their first stand-alone album – Money Looking for Thieves to be released Monday, March 14th on iTunes -and on CD this coming Friday at their release party in Nashville. You can listen to the whole album streaming online here and visit their site for two free tracks. [ read more ]
Electric Sheep - The Non-Commissioned Officers' Film Jukebox - Interview with Eric Lehning - There are many reasons for wanting to start a band, but doing so in order to promote a film is pretty unusual. When brothers Jordan and Eric Lehning were drafted in to act in indie zombie romance Make-Out with Violence and compose the score for it, they went beyond the call of duty and formed a band to help raise money for the film. [ read more ]
ASCAP.com - Pop Quiz - The Non-Commissioned Officers Interview - I was living in Oakland and got a call from my old friend, Chris Doyle. He asked me what my plans were for the summer, and I told him I was going to Poland with my girlfriend and maybe teach English. "Poland?" He says. "Wouldn't you rather move back to Nashville and make a movie with me and Andy (Duensing)?" He... [ more ]
REES / INDIE MUSIC (Deutsche) - Band to Watch: The Non-Commissioned Officers - "It's a long story". Ungefähr so würden die sieben Mitglieder der Non-Commissioned Officers die Frage nach ihrer Entstehungs-Geschichte wohl beantworten. Und sie hätten damit eindeutig Recht. Ursprünglich von den Schauspiel-Brüdern Eric und Jordan Lehning ausschliesslich für den Indie-Film Make Out with Violence gegründet, mauserte sich die mittlerweile achtköpfige Indie-Rock-Band in den letzen zwei Jahren zu einer von Nashville's musikalischen Aushängeschilder.
Variety - New U.S. Release: Make-out With Violence - Deconstructed zombie drama/puberty pic "Make-out With Violence" manages to feel head-scratchingly unique even as it recalls "Let the Right One In," "River's Edge," "Deadgirl" and numerous other films. Directed by the pseudonymous Deagol Brothers, the film invests in spacey horror tropes one moment, plunges into absurdist adolescent angst the next and begs questions every step of the way, but just about holds together with its strong compositional sense, killer atmospheric lighting and wall-to-wall music track. Internet buzz may propel this polarizing item beyond its Aug. 27 bow at Gotham's ReRun Gastropub Theater.
The New York Times - D.I.Y. Music Labels Embrace D.I.Y. Film - "In most cases the album is the film's soundtrack, but for "Make-Out With Violence," a teen zombie movie that is opening on Friday at the ReRun Gastropub Theater in Brooklyn, Factory 25 is featuring the music of a band, the Non-Commissioned Officers, formed by the lead actors. The band got together during the shoot and has since toured and played Bonnaroo, the music festival in rural Tennessee."
Lightning 100 - Interview with Lightning 100 @ Bonnaroo - following their set at the Troo Music stage at the Bonnaroo Music festival on June 10th, bassist Jonathan Brock and frontman Eric Lehning sat down with Nashville's local indepenedent radio station Lightning 100 for a quick chat about the show, the rest of the week, and the future of the band.
Nashville Cream - Non-Coms at Lake Fever - Our old pals over at Lake Fever have posted a new Lake Fever Session from The Non-Commissioned Officers, who you might recognize as the winners of Road to Bonnaroo's heated and controversial round one. Above, you'll see "Turn Me Down and Fade Me Out," The Non-Coms' rhythmically fueled "simple hooky tune" about...[read more]
BMI and Non-Coms do lunch - To celebrate the Non-Commissioned Officers' recent Road to Bonnaroo win, BMI treated the band to lunch at Nashville hotspot Lime on Wednesday, March 10. The group, known as the "Non-Coms" to their growing fanbase, secured the one of four Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival slots up for grabs during the first installment of the 2010 Road to Bonnaroo competition, held Monday, February 22. The three... [read more]
Round One of Road to Bonnaroo Goes to the Non-Commissioned Officers - The Non-Commissioned Officers helped kick off the 2010 Road to Bonnaroo with a big win on Monday, February 22 at the Mercy Lounge, securing the first of four slots at Bonnaroo 2010. The contest, sponsored by BMI, Mercy Lounge, Yuengling, Camping World, and the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, features the best of Nashville's indie crop vying for four spots at Bonnaroo 2010. The competition is staged during designated nights of BMI's free 8 off 8th showcase, and a combination...[read more]
Nashville Metro-Mix - Certified Grade-A Rock - This killer triple bill was originally supposed to blow up Rock Block back in January before the great Music City blizzard of 2010 forced a rescheduling. Since then, local crews the Non-Commissioned Officers and How I Became the Bomb have become the certified cream of the Nashville rock crop as the first two winners...[read more]
Brilliantly Different - Conventional origins usually denote preparation; a semblance of plot. But The Non-Commissioned Officers are hardly conventional. Their origins consist of a jaw dropping gig in New York, which ended with the band's mum singing a cover of Eno's 'St. Elmo's Fire,' and, when delving further, a movie. [more]
Citizen Dick — The Non-Commissioned Officers — Citizen Dick Album Review - Way back in the day, say 2000 years ago, our great storytellers strapped on the lyre, invoked the muses for inspiration, and sprang into the rigorous and sweat dropping task of presenting epic narratives. Days at a time were consumed with repetitive cadences and suspense-filled oration. A verbose man needs words to conquer an audience, and my wordiness is extremely harnessed here. Set up the fire, my brethren, and I'll hearken back to the days...[read more]
Show Review - 4/2/2010 - Exit In - Nashville, TN - Tonight, in an attempt to get off of what could be described as my lazy ass, I hopped down to see some local talent at the Exit In. Knowing that two of the three bands playing were headed to Bonnaroo via the Road To Bonnaroo contest, I figured I'd check them out for seven bucks instead of hundreds and a marathon of drugs and exercise. These bands have made a pretty good name for the...[read more]
MAKE-OUT with VIOLENCE Limited Edition Vinyl LP + DVD
Side A: 01. Flour
02. Radar Heart (Rody Please)
03. Over the Banister
06. Poison Lust
01. Frozen Tongue
02. No Means No
03. Sweet Eleanor
04. You Don't Even Know Her
05. Anyway OK
MOWV DVD includes: Deleted Scenes, Deleted Score, Cast & Crew Commentary, "The Fugitive Brain" Behind-the-Scenes Documentary, "My Saturday is Now Ruined" a look at the process of graphic designer Ed O'Brien, Radio Spots, Interviews and Performance Videos by The Non-Commissioned Officers, Essays by filmmaker Craig Zobel and journalist James Rocchi, Film Poster
MAKE-OUT with VIOLENCE Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
$15.00 (+2.55 shipping & handling)
With over 2 hours of music written and performed by The Non-Commissioned Officers, this 2-disc album is longer than the movie itself! The album also features The Glib, Leah High, Tristen, Amanda Crawford, The Ostrich Boys, and Vicki Mead.
Disc One 1. Sidewalk
4. Radar Heart (Rody Please)
6. Just North
7. The Fool Never Wins
9. Over the Banister
12. Frozen Tongue
13. 'Finding Wendy'
15. 'The Telling'
17. 'Addy Harmonic/Beet Beat'
19. Poison Lust
20. 'Ady's Piano Nocturne No. 1'
21. 'Eat a Rat'
22. Turn Me Down and Fade Me Out
Disc Two 1. Gentlemen of Fortune
2. Boy Oh Boy
3. No Means No
4. High Over the Sky
5. All Hail
6. Bury That
7. To the Earth
8. The Potion Song/Trespasser
9. Suicidal Trees
10. Pie Fight
11. Ooo (as in love)
12. Sweet Eleanor
13. 'This Isn't Fun Anymore/By My Side'
14. Scrotality (by The Glib)
15. You Don't Even Know Her
16. Anyway OK
17. The Spotted Lizard Lives in Exile (by The Glib)
18. St. Elmo's Fire
19. West Winds I
20. West Winds II
21. 'Sidewalk/Flour Reprise'