As you read this, Caithness rockers Neon Waltz are preparing for a UK tour, kicking off on Friday at Mad Hatters, Inverness, before a cheeky homecoming at Caithness with dates at Wick (Blackstairs Lounge, Saturday 5th April) and Thurso (Y-Not Bar & Grill, Sunday 6th April). It’s the perfect time to get into them – and get into them you should, because they’re something quite special.
They’re a great shoegazey alt-rock band, and their song “Sombre Fayre” is a brilliant showcase of their talents. It’s moody, melancholic and contemplative, and you should check it out right now. By now you know the drill – here’s the video, watch it and love it.
The Scottish newcomers played a few gigs at the start of the year that set tongues north of the border wagging, but since then they’ve been pretty quiet – hibernating/rehearsing at home in Caithness, a tiny county right at the top of the UK, seemingly with only the North Sea for company.
‘Sombre Fayre’ is our favourite song of theirs, appealing to the fan in me who devoured everything brilliant The Coral and Echo And The Bunnymen ever did. It’s different enough from those bands to really strike a chord though. Firstly, we think the kid on vocals is completely off the scale – raw and beautiful in equal measure. Then there’s that rhythmic jump at the end of the song which, listening on headphones, almost made us jump out of our skin when we first heard it. For once, a new band with such obvious and well-worn Brit influences are proving to be totally exhilarating.