Very good thanks, just getting ready for a stint of gigs, so really looking forward to that.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Stone To A Balloon”?
Yeah, it’s a ballad at heart but has a big climactic outro with some really powerful vocals. It has 2 sections really and we like the build throughout creating more energy as the song develops. It seemed a perfect closer for our album and usually we play it last live. It’s a bit of a fan favorite as everyone knows the chorus. We were going to release a different track because it’s more poppy but we had such great feedback on this, it seemed to be the right choice for our 2nd single.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Well, were do you start, I guess plenty. It’s a love song about a broken relationship, where one member is trying to keep it alive, while the other one drifts. The metaphor of stone to a balloon, is used to reflect that, where one person acts as the stone, i.e. the rock of the relationship, whilst the other is the balloon, i.e. the drifter. In a solid relationship one can be the stone and the other the balloon, countering each other harmoniously, but in the case of this story, it is the realization that it no longer works. The tone of the song comes from personal experiences but also external, such as relationships our friends have. Sometimes it’s hard to hide that you’re writing songs about your close ones.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes actually, we’re in the process of shooting it, we have the ideas down and just need to get on with the filming. We’re going for a more personal approach this time, with the band, especially Bianca at the heart of it. Expect it to be arty and moody.
The single comes off your new album Chroma – what’s the story behind the title?
Interesting story actually. Chroma is what we wanted to be called as a band, but it didn’t work out because there was too many issues with it, such as the word being trademarked as well as too many artists with variations of it in their name. We decided to go for Nova Neon, which we love and decided to call our album Chroma as it resonated with us and it had history. The word means colour in Greek and it is a lyric in our song Ghost that features on our album. The word reflects out music and lyrical concepts, the idea that colours represent different moods and identities, just like the crazy modern world we live in, where love, career, family, politics drive us forward, a concept that resonates throughout the album.
How was the recording and writing process?
Strange, exciting, long and fulfilling. We pretty much started recording the material as soon as it was ready, so every time we had new tracks we’d go back in the studio for a few days and record them. It meant that start to finish it probably took 2 years to put everything together. You can sense we were getting better as the process went on. We did everything at Greenmount studios in Leeds that has a lot of analogue gear that we really liked. They guys are super fun to work with and they got the best out of us. It was also interesting to see how the material developed in the studio, realizing what was actually worth keeping and what wasn’t, then we’d take those ideas to the stage.
What aspects of love and life did you get to explore on this album?
We’d like to think a lot, there are variations of those concepts in every song. There are a lot of love songs in there such as Alkaline, which is a poem between a couple and how they find solace in each other. There’s also songs like Geek Freak which are about self actualization; Ghost & Break Out which are about identity and finding meaning in our lives, whist questioning political and cultural movements. Then there’s Tonight Tonight, which is about enjoying the moment and making the best out of those situations when they’re thrown at you. We also get dark with To The Edge, which brings to light those more challenging times.
Any plans to hit the road?
We’d love to, as soon as we got a strong fan base, we’d go anywhere. Playing live is the most amazing experience. When you get that connection with the audience through your music, there’s nothing else like it.
What else is happening next in Nova Neon’s world?
After these gigs coming up, we’re gonna start writing again. In the meantime we’d do one more release from this album but other than that we got new material that we haven’t finished yet because of too much time spent gigging. We’re sure our fan base will be glad to hear new material. We have one new track that we’re playing live for the first time this week called Blue Line. After that we hope to conquer the world, but one stem at a time.