- 21 Sep 22
Hot Press premiere the dazzling new video for The Art Crimes Band's track, 'Neon Skyline'.
The Art Crimes Band have released their stunning new single, 'Neon Skyline' - their second release of 2022. Accompanying this comes an eccentric and somewhat emotional music video, which Hot Press are delighted to premiere below.
The Cork band take on an '80s sound with 'Neon Skyline', a jazzy yet dancey track built with sensational saxophone, dreamy vocals, uptempo drums and an indescribably beautiful depth added by Tim O'Leary on bass.
The accompanying music video is just as delightfully chaotic. Moving from clips of a smoke filled club to clips of the band and on to the story of a couple; the video tells shows a lot of different angles, but focusing on love as the important aspect - “I need to feel something tonight, like love."
Speaking about the new video for ‘Neon Skyline’, guitarist Stephen Kirby says: "It's about craving contact, positive or negative, just human interaction. It's lyrically about lost love, wild nights, harsh days, romance and pain. Musically, it’s about blending solid and static patterns with fluidity and movement to create a complimentary sonic landscape for the story."
According to the band, the new single was inspired by the novel “Bright Lights, Big City” by American author Jay McInerney. The track was conceived by guitarist Stephen Kirby while on a night time drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
"As the lights of Las Vegas loomed over the horizon from the highway Stephen began to think of a driving drum beat and a guitar riff. This would become the genesis of ‘Neon Skyline’. Ten years later the track would be completed with the rest of the band with lyrics based upon Jay McInerney’s novel; a tale about a character's time spent caught up in, and notably escaping from, the mid-1980s New York City fast lane," a press release said.
Staying true to the 80’s theme of the song, the track's sound and production is akin to 80’s Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty & The HeartBreakers, John Mayer and Bon Iver. ‘Neon Skyline’ was recorded and produced by The Art Crimes Band at their FlashPoint Creative Studios in Cork City Ireland and mastered by engineer Andy Walter (David Bowie, Rush, Simple Minds) at Abbey Road Studios, London.
Consisting of Gary Baus (Alto Saxophone), Stephen Kirby (Guitars), Niall Dennehy (Drums & Percussion), Grace McMahon (Vocals), Tim O'Leary (Bass) and new member Katie O’Donnell (Piano & Keyboards), this group have solidified a firm foundation in the R&B/Soul sound where they seem right at home. Unlike on their first album Radio on the SUGO Music record label released in 2015, the band are now comfortable in their sound - just in time for working on their next LP.
'Neon Skyline' is available to stream on all platforms - check out their brand new music video for the track below.
Upcoming live shows:
October 29: Guinness Cork Jazz Festival - The Oliver Plunkett
October 29: Guinness Cork Jazz Festival - The Woodford
October 30: Guinness Cork Jazz Festival - The Oliver Plunkett