Noah And The Whale's equipment stolen in Manchester

Band appeal for information and report theft to police

Pic: Joe Plimmer
Noah And The Whale are appealing to fans after having all of their equipment stolen while on tour in Manchester.

Frontman Charlie Fink told NME.COM that thieves stole a trailer holding all of their instruments while they slept at Manchester's Park Inn hotel on Cheetham Hill Road after performing at the city's Club Academy last night (September 29).

The trailer was stolen from Manchester's Trinity Way NCP car park between 2am (BST) and 11am this morning. Fink added that the band were "devastated" at the loss.

"We just left the van with the trailer outside our hotel, and got up this morning and the trailer was gone. It literally had every single piece of our equipment in it," he explained.

The singer stated that much of the equipment was unique to the band, and urged fans to look out for it on websites like eBay and Gumtree.

Fink asked anyone who has any information on the whereabouts of the equipment to get in touch via Myspace.com/noahandthewhale or Noahandthewhale.com.

He said that the white 1963 Fender Jaguar guitar (pictured) was of particular importance to him as it had been his main instrument for some time.

"I used that guitar for everything. I used that guitar to record the album… that's my guitar. I feel like a part of my personality has been removed. It defines so much about the stuff we do, the way that stuff sounds. I've literally been using that Jag in every show, every song for years," he said.

Despite the setback, Fink is adamant that Noah And The Whale will fulfill the rest of their tour, which calls at Oxford O2 Academy tomorrow.

"I think it's good to let people coming to the shows know that this has happened," he explained. "This morning we were like 'What do we do now?' But we're not gonna stop the tour. We've got a show in Oxford tomorrow and we're gonna do it. We're just working out a way to do it in terms of instruments. The thing is, just because some guys have been complete arseholes doesn't mean we should stop the shows."

When asked if the band were confident they will find enough equipment to play the show, Fink's mood lightened and he joked that fans should turn up to the gig with their own instruments: "That would be really cool, everyone turning up with guitars! If anyone wants to give us anything they can, or bring anything along and join in!"

He also stated that although the equipment was insured, he felt the loss was particularly bad luck for Noah And The Whale.

"The thing is, we've been doing this tour... it's been fucking hard, because we've been doing it on the cheap, lifting our own gear and carrying everything ourselves. And this just feels so unbelievably unfair. But we've just got to get on with it now."

Police have been alerted about the theft.

The full list of equipment that Noah And The Whale had stolen is:

Gibson 1976 Les Paul Gold Top Deluxe Guitar (left-handed)
Fender Telecaster Guitar (left-handed, sunburst with black scratch plate)

Voodoo Labs Power Supply x3
Ernie Ball Volume Pedal x 2
Boss TU2 Tuner x 7
Boss EQ Pedal
Homebrew Electronics Powerscreamer
Ibanez TS-9 Tubescreamer
Line6 Delay
Ebow x 2
Electro Harmonix Holy Grail
Marshall Compressor Pedal
Behringer Acoustic DI Box

Fender 1966 P-Bass
Vox F-Hole 1960s Bass (sunburst)
Ampeg B-15
Ashdown 2x10 Cab
Z Vex Wooly Mammoth Pedal
Little Big Muff
Mesa Boogie DC3 Amp
Marshall 1x12 Guitar Cab

Line6 Digital Delay Pedal
MXR Boost
Ibanez Tube Screamer
Fender 1965 Deluxe Reverb

Ibanez AD9 Analogue Delay
Keeley Compressor Pedal

Fender 1963 Telecaster
Fender 1963 Jaguar (white)

Electro Harmonix POG
Electro Harmonix Holy Grail
ZVEX Distortron
Digitech Loop Pedal

Ludwig silver/white oyster finish drumkit consisting of:
22" Kick Drum (1966)
Rack Tom 13"(1966)
Floor Tom 16" (1970)
Zildjian 21" Ride
14" Hi-hats
13" Hi-hats
16" Crash
17" Crash
Ludwig Black Beauty Snare 14x5
Brady Snare 14x6
Ludwig Snare 14x5

2 Snare Stands
3 DW Kick Pedals, one with tambourine attachment
2 Tambourines, Cowbell
2 Crash Stands
1 Ride Stand

10 Pairs Wooden 5a Sticks
1 Pair Brushes
2 Pairs Hot Rod Brushes
2 Pairs Felt Beaters

Roland 88 Note Stage Piano and x-frame stand

Peli-Case Toolbox
Contents:
Peterson Strobo-Flip
Boss Tu2 Tuner
Screwdrivers
Gas Soldering Kit
Various Pliers/Cutters
Nut-Files/Various Files
Music-Stand Lamp
Guitar Polish/Cleaners/Switch Cleaners

Electric Toothbrush

Flightcases:
These are all marked "NOAH" in six-inch high stencil lettering. Some also have gold marker pen lettering saying "NOAH AND THE WHALE" or "NATW".

Fender Jag Case
Fender Tele Case x 2
Gibson Gold Top L/H Case
Fender Precision Bass Case
Vox F-Hole Bass Case
Ampeg B-15 Bass Cab Case
Ashdown 4x10 Bass Cab Case
Fender Twin Amp Case
Fender Deluxe Amp Case
Gibson Goldtone GA30 Amp Case
4 x Pedal Board Cases
Large Drum Traps Hardcase
Small Tom Case
Floor Tom Case
Snare Case x 3
Kick Drum Case
Small Traps Case x 2
Kick Pedal Case
Guitar Rack Case x 2

Tool box with various screw drivers

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