Overview of Fargo’s Noise Scene 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Fargo may be small as major cities go, but it’s by far the most populated city in North Dakota—its 125,000 residents make up close to 15% of the state’s population. One of the northernmost metropolitan areas in the United States, Fargo is relatively removed from other heartland cities. Despite its isolated position, though, the city boasts one of the more vital and inclusive noise scenes in the United States. “I would say that when we have a show, it’s almost majority LGBT people in the room,” says Brandon Wald, a central figure in Fargo’s scene. “It’s active. It’s young, so there’s a lot of untarnished experimentation. There’s more focus on expressing yourself through sound experimentation rather than trying to emulate something, which is a breath of fresh air.”