Something that the web has been instrumental in fostering of new artists - giving them air that they may never have had before. Of course there are drawback to this, as one has to sift through many more shit bands, but on occasion gold can be found. London based band, Neon Highwire, sit somewhere in the middle-ish bracket.
Formed in the death row of 2008, their sound can be best described as the utter bastard children of modern electropop/indie artists such as LCD Soundsystem, Justice and Bloc Party after they've being impregnated by the fathers of the new wave disjointed; Devo and Fugazi.
Rather than lay claim to overly simple rhythms a chord progression, Neon Highwire's songs are laced with touches of elegance and intricate meanderings that makes them rather nice to listen - an impression is also left that these may also be killer dancefloor chooooooons.
Neon Highwire have a nice selection of tracks on their MySpace page, that should be spun at least once; however extra props to stand-out pieces "Akira!" and "Neon Blink". What I got to listen to this evening were quite well recorded demo's, so it be intriguing to sit down and hear the fully mixed and mastered beasts that I'm sure they can produce - in the meantime, MySpace and its irritating fold-out ads will have to do. We may not have to wait too though, as their debut EP, Luminescence, will be getting be getting a 2010 release with a UK tour to follow thereafter.
Neon Highwire will be supporting Easy Music favourites, Cold in Berlin at their single launch at the Old Blue Last in Old Street next Tuesday (December 1st), with Tiny Islands and Ignug - doors are at 7.30pm and it's free in, so make sure to catch them.
Neon Highwire MySpace