Three-time Music Express award winners, Halifax band Neon Dreams now shines brightly in the spotlight, rapidly writing one of the most compelling success stories by a fully independent Canadian act in quite some time. Their fresh take on electronic pop combines EDM with live instrumentation, and that is proving an irresistible combination.
Last year’s hit single “Marching Bands” feat. Kardinal Offishall reached #15 on the Canadian Top 40, and a second single “Find A Way” is set to go to radio on Feb. 14. That date is also known as Valentine’s Day, appropriate given that this compelling new cut is destined to charm its way into your heart while seducing your ears.
“Find A Way” sets Frank Kadillac’s melodic vocals atop a staccato neo-reggae groove. From a sparse beginning, extra sonic layers are subtly inserted, making an ideal setting for a pledge of romantic commitment – “I’ve got every intention of making this work, I’ve got every intention to learn to find a way.” Words any lover would be thrilled to hear!
Neon Dreams’ 2016 EP, To You, has received over 5 million streams on Spotify and sold over 7,000 units in Canada. That is a remarkable figure for a fully independent band from the East Coast, and it’s one that has certainly caught the attention of both international and domestic record labels.
The Canadian music industry was tipped to the enormous potential of Neon Dreams last year when the group was named winners in the 2016 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class program. Part of the Master Class prize is a trip to the 2017 JUNO Awards in Ottawa and a performance slot at JUNOfest in April.
No resting on their laurels for these guys either. They are working on new material daily, lining up label meetings and will be touring Canada in support of their new single. This combination of a strong work ethic and genuine musical talent is proving irresistible. An act to watch very closely indeed.