We are so happy to have released a new track this month. "It's You" is our ode to tight knit circles of friends we love and to the push and pull of the world and how we support each other through this journey called life. When we love, we love both the good and the bad, the ying and the yang, the downs in life make us love the ups even more. The contrast brings richness to our lives. That's what the song is about but each listener will have their own take too.
If you’ve found yourself here then know you are deep deep in the underground music scene of Hobart. The Neo Now is an underground band! We’ve got more listeners than ever and followers but to us that’s not what it’s about at the end of the day. It’s about art and music and creativity and contribution to the world’s happiness. People tell us that we have unique sound – there’s this kind of carnival feel to some of our songs. We love the spark of happiness that we can capture in such a compact amount of time in a song. That feels like living as brightly as a match flame. What it means to be a Tassie band is that we create with island-mind, not too influenced by the music of the day, we create surrounded by the bush, with fresh air, clean water and a lot of space to truly breathe and think and create. The island itself has seeped into our sound.
With the release of a new single this month, “Feel Alright’. We had some lovely reactions from people. More than one said that the song made a big difference to them, it was an uplift after a hard day. We all have hard days and hard times and happy music makes us feel better. That’s what we are aiming to achieve - to release music that makes you feel good.
We actually did two releases – one with a male voice and one with a female voice. We were testing out our ideas. The female voice is the one we will put on the album. One our up-coming album ‘Poppsicle’, in case you haven’t heard us say that the previous 100 times, sorry for those of you who have. But in truth, none of this is about us as singers or performers – it’s 100% about us, The Neo Now, as song-writers.
We’ve been watching The Voice recently and hearing so many amazing singers with huge strong voices. It’s not easy to get up there in front of so many people. We are waiting for a new show called The Song, the song writing equivalent to The Voice. It’s a show that brings in songwriters who present ten of their best songs and are coached and get to choose a selection of artists (all of who were in The Voice top 10) to perform their works with a house band.
The show would churn out hit after hit and supply good songs to performers who are touring the country and releasing singles after winning The Voice. One single hit song from The Song could be recorded and released by multiple artists in so many variations and styles and countries - the works. The economics of that would go in excess of the focus on a single singer from The Voice. OK, can someone found that please so The Neo Now can be profiled as Tassie songwriters on The Song.
Tasmanian band, The Neo Now has another song in the pipeline. It’s about to be released in early August.
What it means to be a Tassie band is that we have our own sound. Being a Tasmanian band or even a Tasmanian is a perspective as much as a lifestyle. We live at the bottom of the world, at the bottom of Australia. But do we really? Who drew up those maps in the first place? The world is a globe, it doesn’t have a top or a bottom. We love the series of advertisements from a Tassie company called St Lukes that shows a map of Australia turned upside down with Tasmania at the top. Imagine | St. Lukes Health (stlukes.com.au)
That’s why we say being a Tassie band is a perspective.
Naoko was at an event recently about the AgriVision 2050 which has an aim to grow the Tasmanian agriculture sector to $10b by 2050. That means more awesome farm gate markets and healthy food for all Tasmanians. There’s some smart people living in Tassie, with some big ideas about future potential, innovation and sustainability. It’s an exciting time.
This year our mate’s son put up a song on Triple J Unearthed and it has been getting play. Good on him. It encouraged us to give Triple J our 2023 ‘Away from U’ track. We love that song, it’s got some driving rock guitar and it’s punchy. The Away from U video is short and sweet – the footage runs forwards at a speedy pace then flips and runs backwards. The video style reflects the lyrics, where two people are running towards each other, then running away from each other and things are altogether confusing in their relationship. Sounds like real life? Yeah.
The song on the vid is just the demo version while we were working on the 2023 release. It marked a new era of The Neo Now, being the first track off our up-coming third album.
Triple J Unearthed asked what other bands The Neo Now sounds like. People have said we sound like The Go Betweens, and the B52s and people have even compared us to Fleetwood Mac. Some songs do but then a lot of our songs are different from each other. When someone called us acoustic pop, we grabbed hold of that. We kind of have our own sound. There’s definitely a theme with the pacey carnival piano sounds that pop up in many songs by The Neo Now. We alternate female and male lead, we harmonise, we’re about to introduce spoken word into some of the new songs, we’re experimenting in the studio and getting immersed in our art. Living the dream.
Second single release
We hit another milestone and released our second single ‘Heart Runs Free’. Off our third album, Popssicle. It’s all coming together.
This new song is about two lovers taking a journey back home and what they’ll do when they get there. They don’t need a plan to start their lives together, they’ll work it out as they go along. It’s about trusting that love will be enough to make it through life and being with each other is the most important thing there is.
It’s like you bring that lover back to the country town you grew up in and you’re bringing them back to meet Mum or Dad for the first time.
A life without love can be a cold place. Don’t let your heart turn cold. Love your neighbour, love others.
Johnny Coin in the studio
What’s been happening with The Neo Now recently? Well, we’ve been back in the studio, working on some new music.
We soft launched the first single ‘Away from U’ with a video and a demo of the song. The final song was published on our website in June 2023.
Johnny is working almost full time on the music project. We have weekly rehearsals to get a show together for the summer 23/24.
The track 'Away from U’ is the most rock n roll, guitar filled tune we’ve ever released. It’s a new direction and one that’s taken us back to our roots of AC-CD and The Angels. It’s super fun to play live and we can’t wait to showcase it in the summer.
These blog posts will remain here for the history of The Neo Now songs for their first two albums.
New updates for subsequent music releases will be in another section of the website www.theneonow.com.
The second album is complete!
Final track listing:
2. Brand New
3. Happy Together
4. Paris and Rome (debut this morning
29 March 2018 on Hobart FM
5. For Forever
6. I Needed To
7. Wind Blows
8. Gone Baby
10. You're Perfect
12. Heart and Soul
2018 Gypsy Hill Records
And adding to the track list so far are two more songs:
9. Brand New
10. You're Perfect - we published a little snippet of an early demo of it
The previous post had the track listing so far. Our new album Elucidate will be out on 30 March 2018!!!
Our track listing for our second album titled 'Elucidate':
So close, only 3 to go.
Our new website was launched in July. The Neo Now's second blog is at www.theneonow.com. See our other articles in this series to learn insights into the songs on our debut album 'Rainbow Coloured Dynamite'.
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