2003–2009: Formation and What's the Time Mr. Wolf?
The band formed in 2003 when guitarist Smith and singer Shoniwa were attending the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon, both of whom had previously been in the band Sonarfly. Drummer Morrison (formerly of Living With Eating Disorders, Willis, Six Toes, Jaywalk Buzz, Loden Jumbo and others) was recruited after Smith saw him performing on the UK television show 'Later... with Jools Holland' with his then band, Willis. The Noisettes quickly formed a reputation for being one of the rowdiest live acts in London.
Early feedback about the band was largely positive. Entertainment Weekly placed the band on its November 2005 list of "Six Indie Brit Bands on the Cusp," and said the band "sound[s] like high-drama, heavily syncopated swagger-and-sway rock, spearheaded by incandescent frontwoman Shingai Shoniwa." In a March 2006 article on UK bands, USA Today said, "The incendiary Shingai Shoniwa leads this London blues-punk band, known for its feral and explosive live show."
Noisettes along with Paul Weller, Graham Coxon, The Smiths's Andy Rourke, and members of New Young Pony Club and Supergrass performed an exclusive rendition of a specially created track, alongside their own material, to raise money for the homelessness charity Crisis Consequences. The event was hosted at Camden's Roundhouse on 2 March 2008, and organized by Pearl Lowe. Noisettes also performed at the SXSW showcasing three of their new songs from their new album, which was released on April 22 of the following year. They were part of the NME/Transgressive party at the Wave venue on 13 March 2008. The set including their hit songs "Scratch Your Name" and "Sister Rosetta", with three new songs: "Beat of My Heart", "IWE", and "Atticus". Noisettes performed at two day music festival Camden Crawl on 18 April 2008.
2009–2011: Wild Young Hearts
In January 2009 the song "Don't Upset The Rhythm" appeared on the advert for the Mazda 2. The song was the second single from their second album Wild Young Hearts which was produced by Jim Abbiss. The album was released on 20 April 2009.
On 5 February 2010 the band released a new single "Saturday Night". The video for this song was shot solely on more than a hundred mobile phones. The best footage is available for everybody to make their own video for the song at Shotbyfans.com. For the release of the soundtrack to the winter 2009 Musical film Nine, they recorded a 50s pop-style song titled "Io Bacio... Tu Baci" The Noisettes' "Never Forget You" is featured in the DFS furniture advertising campaign. In 2009 the Noisettes' song "Don't Give Up" has backed the "Bait" ad campaign by Timberland (footwear) for their "Mountain Athletic Series 2009" line-up in US, UK and Italy.
In January 2010, drummer Jamie Morrison left the band.
From February to September 2010, the Noisettes' track "Never Forget You" had been the jingle at the basis of the TV commercials and all-media marketing campaign by Vodafone in Italy. The ads featured football champion Francesco Totti and his wife Ilary Blasi acting comedy roles (project managed by the 1861 United agency). To celebrate Dr. Martens's 50th Anniversary, in April 2010 the Noisettes released a cover of "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" by the Buzzcocks (also a video was shot featuring Shingai Shoniwa alone). A remake of their song, "Sister Rosetta", from the album What's the Time Mr Wolf?, was redone for the soundtrack of the film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1.
Their new album, Contact, has been completed and is scheduled to be released on August 27, 2012.
On 25 April 2012, the Noisettes released a clip of their new song, titled "Winner", the first single from their upcoming album, onto their official SoundCloud.
On 11 July 2012, the Noisettes released "That Girl", the second single onto their official SoundCloud.