Friday 1 February 2013

Band To Check Out - Neon Night

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It's been over a decade since the record buying public remembered that garage-rock is actually really good and snappy guitar heroes like The White Stripes, The D4, The Libertines, The Hives and so on began to sell records. The charts may have moved on, but at this point in time the top 40 is less representative of the public's actual taste in music than it's ever been, and barely a week goes by without us hearing from loads of new garage and punk bands. Naturally many are awful, by definition most are derivative, yet an awful lot of them are very good. Neon Night are from the North-East of England and describe themselves as so new they're practically foetal.

It hasn't taken them long to hammer out some tunes though, and even at this demo stage (rawness is often a virtue in these circles, but a little studio boost would lift these songs that extra inch) they're cracking through songs like the Energizer bunny after a dozen packs of Pro Plus, especially on 'Tuned Out'. 'Never Been Kissed', although embryonic, has the makings of a classic with great timing and an ace riff, the brief snap of a chorus is like the cherry on top. 'Holding Dynamite' is the one that will appeal to fans of that aforementioned rawness, it's as much grunge as it is garage. They may still be in utero (and a little In Utero) but following the usual gestation period we can expect a very healthy newborn band before too long.

Neon Night's website

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  1. Refreshing to see a real band playing real music and fighting against the tide of manufactured Little Mix type rubbish.

  2. Great Noise! Feels crucial and they NEED to be playing these repel reality!!

  3. Reminds me of the nineties, elastica springs to mind