NEON: Self-titled: LP

Mar 26, 2020

Neon doesn’t play hardcore; they deconstruct and reassemble it inside out. The songs are short with dissonant guitar lines that often seem at odds with the rhythm section, who plunk away while the singer largely speaks lyrics that often sound off the cuff. There’s a lot of “art” mixed in, and I can totally see the “MOSH! MOSH! MOSH!!!” crowd scratching their pointy, perplexed noggins, but the band is definitely off the beaten path—always a plus—and they manage to stay on the rails juuuust enough to keep things coherent and engaging. Limited to four hundred copies. –Jimmy Alvarado (Neon,