The Return of Punk With Young Rockers Orphan Riot

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Noel and Ian in 2020, photographed by Melanie Bryan
Meet Orphan Riot! The band, formed in 2017, has begun paving its way as “the world’s youngest old-school punk band”. This interview features Noel Greene (vocals) and Ian Horlbogen (bass) being interviewed by their photographer Melanie Bryan.
  1. How did you come up with the name Orphan Riot?
  2. What’s your favorite music video that you’ve done so far?
  3. What is one message that you’d like to give to your fans?
  4. Has your musical style evolved as a band since you started? And do you think it will in the future?
  5. What’s the biggest problem you’ve had to overcome thus far?
  6. What is something that people would be surprised to learn about you?
  7. What is your ultimate goal as a musician?
  8. What’s next for Orphan Riot?
Noel Greene and Ian Horlbogen in 2017

Noel started the band at the age of 13, shown here playing with Ian. They discuss how they came up with the name Orphan Riot” after a game of Dungeons and Dragons. The dynamic duo have been rocking out ever since while going through a slew of drummers that have yet to work out in a lasting fashion. They are currently on the search yet again (North Carolina drummers that love to tour, I’m looking at you!). They discuss their favorite music video, which is an homage to the movie Clerks, called “High Cost of Living”. I must admit that it’s also my favorite because I actually star in it. We had a lot of fun with this one, filmed at Burlington, NC’s comic book shop (and local music venue!) Game Over Comics, which is also where this interview took place. Check out the interview for more information, and maybe a couple of surprising facts, about these former Boy Scouts!

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Melanie Mae Bryan is a music photographer and journalist based in North Carolina.

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