Neon Tetra is an Adelaide based Psychedelic groove rock band freshly hitting the scene, offering us a new alternative pallet, and painting a new picture for Adelaide’s local music. The stylised ambiance of this collective matches an amalgamation of both The Strokes and Tame Impala seemingly warping the very foundation of understood genre specificity. The band's underpinnings for music composition show great methodical development and stylized characteristics along progressive undertones, demonstrating a great range of authenticity and experimentation. This comes as no surprise as songwriters, Josh Allen and Dan Clohesy both studied music at the Adelaide University Conservatorium and Sydney Conservatorium respectively.
The band's formation was originally established amongst Josh Allen, Liam Roche, Dan Clohesy and former guitarist Nick Cardone. Throughout these early days the band decided to keep the music to themselves for about 12 months, making sure the songs were at a virtuous level before they could be played live. After Nick took his leave, Liam assumed the role of bass play as Oscar Westall entered the group inserting his own groovy, voluptuous flavour on the Drums. Josh referred to the addition of Oscar as a fortunately new characteristic for the music, as it elevated their mood and lyrical composition. As Josh describes, “For instance if, as in our case the songs were all a lot slower before Oscar came in then the lyrics were a little more depressing, sultry or dark.”
After sitting down and having a chat with them, it seems genre specification for their music is irrelevant, as bands like Tame Impala and Pond seem to have taken most of the psychedelic spotlight. What really matters, it is safe to say, is that this band’s primary focus is for pure cathartic experience. The sound is simply a release they can deliver through music, as Drummer Oscar elucidates, “Music gives us the ability to escape the noise of life and tune into something your creating. Like any artist, designer, craftsperson or passion driven person, when you’re working on something special, you can almost pass over realms of reality into a lucid state where the next beat, the next chord or passage becomes a craving like no other enhancement can suffice. It’s the one thing that makes all the pathways of my brain unite in harmony and despite my body working hard behind the kit I am at peace.”
After discussing their band dynamics, they proceed through problems in practice and performance, and there is a relaxed resalable form of interaction, which keeps them focused on the music. Josh explains “We are pretty relaxed, and don’t have many issues. I do have a tendency to get a bit too passionate or attached to particular songs or melodies, but generally Dan facilitates this role of being able to work out a nice compromise while generally making the song sound better”. Ultimately, the music in this group is what compels the reaction they get from their audience, yet their individual personalities are not only inviting but entertaining to be around.
Their newfound reputation seems to be growing, as they are enthusiastic and individually engaging amongst Adelaide’s music scene. Close connections with band such as The Winter Gypsy, Blaskett and Oscillia demonstrate positive and genuine engagement as they explore the many facets of Adelaide music. After asking Oscar on his thoughts of Adelaide and its relationship with music and arts he pronounces, “There are a lot of people out there trying to support the scene. I think the potential of this place to be a mecca for live music is huge. We need a stronger connection with local government and the arts though so that more grassroots music venues and the artists who play there are being supported”.
Conclusively, this band not only emanates excitement for times ahead, but their passion gives good hope for Adelaide’s artistic development, divulging a network and experience that is hidden, yet ready to bloom. They are currently working on the release of their music in August and will continue to be promoting and performing until then. So if you are interested, keep an eye out on social media, you might just find that next local act that gets you hooked in harmonious addiction.
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