While not every cut is as turbulent and zany as Brain Song, every track on the Neon EP is rich in story. Driving, imaginative soundscapes mesh with taught, refreshing lyrics to make every song feel like a scene in a David Lynch movie.
“Neon” is comprised both of material written many years ago as well as newer songs. The EP represents the sense of promise of the band’s early material which never left their minds. What began as a collaboration between songwriter Enrico Renz who was studying philosophy at UBC and guitarist Stephen Nikleva who had just finished recording with Ferron became a 4 piece band and now has now grown to a 6 piece powerhouse.
NEON TRACK LIST:
1. The Brain Song
2. Chin Up
ABOUT RED HERRING:
Formed in 1984, by the end of their first year they had won CITR Radio’s first Shindig! Within the following year their debut EP, Taste Tests was released with critical acclaim from the Vancouver Sun and Discorder Magazine, earning the band the title “the thinking man’s dance band” with their art-rock sound, and thought-provoking lyrics. The band also released two music videos for “Taste Tests” and “The Crab Song” which aired on Much Music (a Canadian Cultural Institution) in the 1980s.
In the past 36 years band members have gone on to make their mark in Canadian music with members recording or touring with bands as diverse as Sarah McLachlan, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Veda Hille, and Ray Condo.