Neon Highwire

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Neon Highwire
From left to right, Steven Morgan, James Dippie & Luke Fussell
From the Luminescence promotional photoshoot by Bryony Burrows 2009
Background information
OriginLondon, England, UK
GenresElectronic, pop, Rock
Years active2008–2016
LabelsHealth Bomber, Blue Dove Records
Associated actsNovelty Music Scene, Hail! Perestroika, Antistar, Antiba
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersSteven Morgan
James Dippie
Luke Fussell

Neon Highwire were an electronic music group formed in London, England in 2008. The band consisted of Steven Morgan, James Dippie and Luke Fussell.[1] All three members of the band sang, played guitar, played synths and were producers in their own right, yet none played the drums. They described their music as "surrealist geek electro".[2] James Dippie also releases remixes under the name Novelty Music Scene[3] whilst Luke Fussell also releases under the moniker Hail! Perestroika.[4] They are renowned for energetic live shows and are known to often lie in interviews.[5][6][7]

Luminescence[edit]

On 14 December 2009, Neon Highwire digitally released their debut EP titled Luminescence to mostly positive reviews.[8][9][10] The release was self recorded and mastered at The Exchange studio by Simon Davey. It was physically released on 20 January 2010.

Christmas single[edit]

The band made the track Fantasy Land (Christmas In The TerrorZone) available for a free download[11] on the sites SoundCloud[12] and last.fm[13] on 24 December 2009, which contains a spoken word sample of Rutger Hauer taken from the film Blade Runner. A Hail! Perestroika remix of the track was released as part of a series of advent calendar gifts from the music blog Never Enough Notes in 2010.[14]

Bear At The Bus Stop and Neon Blink[edit]

In May 2010, Neon Highwire released the download only single[15] Bear At The Bus Stop with an accompanying promotional video.[16] Later in the year on 10 December 2010, the song Neon Blink, originally from the Luminescence EP, was released as a digital single on Blue Dove Records with a number of remixes of the track as b-sides from artists such as Fresh:Mesh, Sizeable Moth Hat and Christian Paduraru.[17]

Kim Jong Il Looking At Things[edit]

On 26 January 2011, the band released a song titled Kim Jong Il Looking At Things in homage to the website of the same name.[18][19] The song was adopted as the "National Anthem"[20] for the website and subsequently featured in the B3ta newsletter.[21]

Blue Dove Records[edit]

During 2011, a number of Neon Highwire remixes appeared on the Digital House Moments,[22] Sunset 2 Sunrise Volume 9[23] and Electro House Essentials Volume 7[24] compilation releases from Blue Dove Records.

Relate[edit]

They announced the release date of their début album Relate was 9 September 2013 to a positive reception.[25][26]

Gyrophant[edit]

On 24 January 2014, the Synth City Records Compilation Volume 1 was released featuring the exclusive track Gyrophant from Neon Highwire.[27]

Bookreader and Breakup[edit]

On 29 January 2016, the band released one last EP titled Bookreader to coincide with their break up.[28]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Relate (2013)

EPs[edit]

  • Luminescence (2009)
  • Bookreader (2016)

Singles[edit]

  • Bear At The Bus Stop (2010)
  • Neon Blink (2010)
  • Spin Off (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://ventsinterviews.blogspot.com/2010/10/neon-highwire.html Band interview with Vents Magazine
  2. ^ http://www.twogroove.com/blog/2010/12/07/past-present-future-neon-highwire/ Band interview with Two Groove
  3. ^ http://www.last.fm/music/Novelty+Music+Scene Novelty Music Scene last.fm page
  4. ^ http://www.last.fm/music/Hail!+Perestroika Hail! Perestroika last.fm page
  5. ^ http://wherethewildthingsare14.wordpress.com/2009/07/16/neon-highwire-mother-333/ Where The Wild Things Are live review of the first ever Neon Highwire live show
  6. ^ http://www.neonhighwire.com/archives/499 Interview pulled from American music magazine after being censored to the point where it made no sense
  7. ^ http://livetaurus.blogspot.com/2010/10/neon-highwire-talk-music-dreams-bears.html Band interview with Live Taurus which claims Steve does not play any instruments
  8. ^ "Singles & Eps - February 2010". www.subbacultcha.com. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012. Subba Cultcha review of Luminescence
  9. ^ http://www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk/content/content_detail.php?id=4245&type=Singles God Is In The TV Zine review of Luminescence
  10. ^ http://rebelriffs.blogspot.com/2010/02/neon-highwire-luminescence-ep.html Rebel Riffs review of Luminescence
  11. ^ http://godisinthetvzine.co.uk/news/news_detail.php?id=2741 God Is In The TV Zine News story on Christmas single release
  12. ^ https://soundcloud.com/neonhighwire/fantasy-land-christmas-in-the-terror-zone Fantasy Land (Christmas In The TerrorZone) on SoundCloud
  13. ^ http://www.last.fm/music/Neon+Highwire/_/Fantasy+Land+(Christmas+In+The+TerrorZone) Fantasy Land (Christmas In The TerrorZone) on last.fm
  14. ^ http://www.neverenoughnotes.co.uk/wordpress/2010/12/never-enough-notes-advent-2010-16-12-10-neon-highwire/ Never Enough Notes advent mp3 giveaway
  15. ^ http://www.neonhighwire.com/archives/318 Band announcement of the release of Bear At The Bus Stop
  16. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9n9KUNwV74 YouTube promotional video for the track Bear At The Bus Stop
  17. ^ http://www.bluedoverecords.co.uk/neonhighwire_p2.html Blue Dove Records artist page
  18. ^ http://www.soundcloud.com/neonhighwire/Kim-Jong-il-looking-at-things Kim Jong Il Looking At Things song
  19. ^ http://kimjongillookingatthings.tumblr.com Kim Jong Il Looking At Things website
  20. ^ https://www.facebook.com/kimjongillookingatthings/posts/183417311690864 National Anthem declaration from owner of Kim Jong Il Looking At Things website
  21. ^ http://www.b3ta.com/newsletter/issue464 B3ta newsletter featuring Kim Jong Il Looking At Things
  22. ^ "Digital House Moments". spotify.com. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  23. ^ "Sunset 2 Sunrise Volume 09". spotify.com. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  24. ^ "Electro House Essentials Volume 7". spotify.com. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  25. ^ "Relate Tracklist - Neon Highwire". www.neonhighwire.com. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  26. ^ "Bluesbunny Music Reviews - Vinyl, CD and Download Reviews". www.bluesbunny.com. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  27. ^ "Synth City Records". synthcity.net. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  28. ^ "Neon Highwire". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 4 July 2018.

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