Jen Simpson has slayed many dragons to get to this point. Who knew that the current dragon to slay is only 125 nanometers tall?
COVID-19 has pressed pause on live music, and brought on the year of isolation. It might not be a full year yet, but it feels like a decade.
Social isolation has brought on depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. For many, the full effects won’t show up until this is all over, some sort of post traumatic breakdown.
Neon Bloom will not sit back and let that happen. They have tapped back to a time when Social Media did not invade our lives and the biggest decisions we had was how high to tease one’s hair.
To bloom is to peak, to reveal one’s inner beauty. What better time than now for Neon Bloom to bring us some music that reminds us of a simpler time…the 80s.
“I believe a lot of the aesthetic idea for the music video was to channel John Hughes’ movies (Pretty in Pink, the Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, etc). Musically, we always have something kind of 80s going on, but I think it really came out clearly in Our Faces.” says Jen.
Our Faces is the first single from this EP created during the quarantine.
Instead of a creative process born out of live performances, “for the first time we wrote all of these songs remotely inside of Ableton and it opened up a lot of new sounds and textures that we couldn’t really use before” said Simon Chow.
With the help of technology, each brought a piece of the puzzle to the party, and what evolved was something unlike anything they have done before.
Technology has also allowed us to reach out to old friends, some of whom we might otherwise not have access to.
“I think, in that way, we have been very lucky to have access to social media and each other. It’s allowed people to reach out to others when they need to. It can be surprising, the relationships that can evolve from a few brief chats on Instagram or Facebook. We’re now able to see how social isolation and other pandemic related stressors have had negative effects on individuals and I’m afraid that trend may continue, or possibly worsen, going into the winter.” says Jen Simpson.
“The song is meant to sound upbeat and fun, but also deliver a hopeful message, encouraging people to not give up. Given the apocalyptic feelings of late, I basically wanted to be a cheerleader…with edge.”
The video takes on another grim reality of our times, death by police. Directory Jerry Wolf says the final frame was designed to “reaffirm the anxiety that maybe our police are not always out to protect us.”
Neon Bloom’s new EP is 80s sound meets modern realities, designed to lift our spirits, and save our sanity.
Montreal Rocks: What is your most vivid 80s memory?
Jen: My most vivid 80s memory is puffy stickers and scratch & sniff stickers, Garbage Pail Kid trading cards, and roller rinks with colourful lights (that was late 80s blending into early 90s).
MR: If you could go back in time to the 80/90s and attend one show, one band…which would it be?
To choose one show would be very difficult, but I would say the early 90s, Nirvana Unplugged. What a gorgeous show.
MR: That is the right answer!
Neon Bloom would like to provide some links for those who may be interested in accessing mental health resources:
Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 833-456-4566
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) offers a helpful page for those wishing to access Covid-19 related mental health resources
Writer: Randal Wark is a Professional Speaker and MasterMind Facilitator with a passion for live music. You can follow him on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. His Podcast RockStar Today helps musicians quit their days jobs with out of the box advice from Ted Talk Speakers, Best Selling Authors and other interesting Entrepreneurs and Creatives.Share this :