I first saw LA quartet Neonderthal performing on a rooftop during Downtown's Art Walk. The tiny space and adjoining apartment were packed, and lead vocalist Steven Mathew’s Bowie-esque wails could be heard all along Spring Street. Unfortunately, not everyone was a fan, and the police showed up to shut the performance down after a mere three songs. Bummer.
Had they heard the group's new single "The Ride," they may have stuck around to join the party. The electro synth-pop track, which sounds like a lost 80s gem, is an homage to the simplest of creature comforts: wanting to be home. It arrives with a exceptionally rad music video shot in Downtown LA, Atwater Village, and the LA River.
The video stars a dude who could very well be Anthony Hopkins’ skinnier younger brother, whom, funny story, director Jeremy Eichenbaum met while in jury duty. The actor, Paul Raci, was translating the trial in American Sign Language, and he does the same with the song's lyrics in the video. It's the year-old band's first, but you can check out their other stuff, like their self-titled debut album—produced by the late Ikey Owens—via Soundcloud. Keep an ear out for more singles from these up-and-comers because they’ve got an EP in the works slated to drop early next year. Watch the video for Neonderthal's "The Ride" below and get the single on iTunes October 31.
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