Wrapping our premiere week, we got the perfect anthem for your weekend courtesy of DFW indie rock band NEONNOAH and their latest infectious, catchy and upbeat as hell single “Atlas” off their upcoming album Bella Vita.
“As cliché as it may sound, ‘Atlas’ is about chasing your dreams, doing what seems impossible to some,” said Conner McKinzie of NEONNOAH. “At the end of the day, we don’t want to look back wishing we would have done something we didn’t do.”
Formed in Dallas in late 2013 by three like-minded musicians from across the nation, NEONNOAH is now comprised of four musicians from across the nation who came together after meeting in Dallas-Fort Worth: Esteban Flores, Conner McKinzie, Jacob Norris, and Derek Schurbon. Sharing a strong passion for songwriting and producing honest music, the quartet started making waves with the release of their debut EP Reaching for Constellations, after fans crowdfunded the record 110%, and has since been featured on radio stations across the U.S., various music bogs, IRL Box, and had the honor of being featured as “Artist of the Month” on Strumly. Their unique senses of personal style and sharp songwriting abilities have also landed the group a sync licensing deal with global clothing brand O’Neill (Europe).
“We’re inspired by great rock bands, game-changing songwriters, and all around risk takers,” said Flores. There are many different themes throughout the record: love, fear, ambition, doubt, chasing dreams. Each of these things makes life beautiful, which is where we came up with title Bella Vita for our next EP.”
With a strong belief that self-expression supersedes the band credits an eclectic array of musical influences today, such as The Killers, Paul Simon, The Strokes, Michael Jackson, and Bon Iver. Bella Vita, meaning “beautiful life” in Italian, also happens to be the name of the Dallas-based apartment complex where the group resides together. The writing and conceptualization of NEONNOAH’s sophomore release was truly a collaborative effort. In collaboration with producer and songwriter Josh Varnadore (Franklin Collective), the EP was engineered by one of the most sought-after Nashville-based engineers, Shane D. Wilson (Ben Rector/Switchfoot), who invited them into his personal studio to record the record.
“This EP feels different to us. Not only do the songs and lyrics feel more mature, but as a band it just feels like we found our sound, our niche,” said Flores. “This EP was a very collaborative project and we think that will translate when listening.”
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