NEONCITY are a great example of a band that can craft a seriously well written song. The quintet hailing from Albury-Wodonga, Australia have proven that they can connect with their fans through their powerful music and transcending live shows. Prepping to release their next album, NEONCITY spoke to AMBY about The Moments, climbing scaffolds and their collective love for The Script.
AMBY: How would you describe Neon City’s sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
NEONCITY: Our music comes under the broad genre of rock, but we have a diverse sound tied together by the eclectic riff based tunes of our lead guitarist Simon and the guys. The musicianship of NEONCITY allows us to change quickly from one vibe to another, leaving space for our lead singer’s emotive vocals. It is soft, hard, fast, slow, its rock but it’s our own brand of original rock we’re proud to say.
AMBY: You will be releasing your next record Lighthill in March. What does the band have planned for 2013?
NEONCITY: Well, the album may not come out until April unfortunately…..launch venue, artwork, new video, etc (“still lot’s to do boys…..blah, blah, blah” this is our manager hassling us!)
But, we ARE releasing another single from our album!
It’s titled ‘Forever’ and will be a radio edit version ’cause the original is a bit long for commercial radio! Our fans should expect to hear all about it within the next week or so. We’ve got lots of gigs planned if we can get our fans and venues to support us, which we hope they will! We’ll continue writing new material and giving our fans more opportunity to involve themselves directly in our future.
AMBY: The Moments is a beautiful song, what is the story behind it?
NEONCITY: The music evolved from Simon writing an anthemic guitar riff which needed lyrics that matched the moment…..which led Liam to write about what comes from idle hands, people complaining about being bored, not happy (ignoring that others would kill to be in their shoes, warm bed, food etc). Its about being the person who has the power over their own journey and destination, accepting all we have is here and now, this moment, the sun will rise and fall into the west, either we stand or we fall. These are the moments!
AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?
NEONCITY: Trav (the ivory tinkler) climbing the scaffolding during a gig at Paddy’s blowing that dam whistle…..actually, must confiscate that when we can! The photo is on our website.
AMBY: What do you do outside of music for fun?
NEONCITY: Watch Trav……..it’s about enjoying the moment, he cracks us up.
AMBY: Who would your dream gig be with?
NEONCITY: 30 Seconds To Mars!
AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?
Liam: Bruno Mars and Jack Jones
Simon: 30 Seconds to Mars, Anberlin, U2………..all of the band “The Script” got tickets for their April show in Melbourne…..can’t wait! NEONCITY…..nuff said!
AMBY: If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would you choose?
NEONCITY: Jared Leto (30stm), Bono and Dave Grohl
AMBY: What is the best song of 2012?
NEONCITY: The Script! Six Degrees of Separation.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Neon City that nobody knows yet?
NEONCITY: We’ve signed with a management company……..and we DON’T like being told what to do!!!
Thank you NEONCITY, for giving us your answers!
Alicia & Yaz Atout