Fell Off The Deep End is the exciting debut from Neaux, the new alt-rock band featuring members of Trash Talk, Versa Emerge, and Have Heart. Rich in atmosphere and songcraft, Fell Off The Deep End gives a nod to shoegaze, Sonic Youth, punk, and Bl’ast in equal measure. Originally released on cassette in late 2016, Neaux's debut was remastered in early 2017 with new artwork and is now available on vinyl, cassette, and digital via Iron Pier.
The key partnership behind Neaux got its start when singer Sierra Kay’s and guitarist Nick Fit’s previous groups, Versa Emerge and Trash Talk, appeared at the same Warped Tour dates, meeting shortly before Fit was kicked off the tour. Years later, Kay wanted to start a new project, reached back out to Fit, and a musical and personal bond formed quickly. The band describes themselves as “old friends making new noise,” but what a potent noise. Take opener “Slowstroll,” which announces itself immediately with both delicacy and heaviness. There’s a weighty crunch to the sound that recalls 90s grunge and alt-rock, yet, Kay’s clear and expressive lead vocals and aggressive vulnerability ensures fans of Slowdive and PJ Harvey can find space in this music. Elsewhere, the young band ably conjures up druggy, droning balladry (“High Hopes”) and catchy post-punk (“Beaten Bruised and Over It”). The band’s hardcore background shows up, too, as when the pummeling “Somewhere Up North” kicks up the tempo several notches.
The members of Neaux – Sierra Kay, Nick Fit, Ryan Briggs (Have Heart), and Chris Peters – may have cut their teeth in projects ranging from synth-pop to hardcore punk, but Fell Off The Deep End’s rewarding collision of worlds yields a captivating new sound. It’s the sound of restless emotional territory, of punk looking inward. This engaging 8-song album establishes Neaux as a band to look out for in 2017.
NEAUX, live performances:
February 18 Ridgewood, NY @ Trans-Pecos
February 25 Staten Island, NY @ Fenix Studios
March 9 Washington, DC @ The Pinch
March 24 Montclair, NJ @ The Meatlocker
March 25 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
March 30 New York, NY @ The Delancey