by Stephanie Williams, Ali Noga11 March
Album Release Honours Hobart Musician Mike Noga
The last time we spoke with Mike Noga he told us he was putting the finishing touches to the follow up to his 2016 album King. On Friday 8 October, Part Time Records will release this album, Mike’s fourth, Open Fire. Sadly Mike passed away on 26 August 2020. His death was accidental and attributed to a rare condition which caused a cerebral haemorrhage, a condition exacerbated by bouts of heavy drinking. Mike had a lifelong struggle with anxiety and depression which became particularly difficult in the last three years of his life. His family are incredibly proud of Open Fire, which was recorded in August 2019 in Duluth, Minnesota. Mike’s sister Ali Noga shared, “The album was pretty much completed when Mike passed and there was no doubt that it needed to be released in order to honour Mike. I may be biased but I really do think it’s his best work yet.” Here, Ali has shared more about the album and Mike’s work.