NEØV are easily becoming one of the bands to watch out for. The Finnish quintet’s blend of a wide array of instrumentation, lush melodies and tender vocals was first showcased through their debut album ‘Orange Morning’ in 2013. The band recently returned with an equally impressive new album titled ‘Dominique’, which gives the impression of greater things to come.
Vocalist/guitarist Anssi Neuvonen guides us through the band’s music, history and influences below. Take a look and listen.
Kuopio, Finland Fullsteam Records & Sony Music Finland
Anssi Neuvonen – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Trumpet
Samuli Neuvonen – Drums, Percussions, Backing Vocals, Trombone
Ari Autio – Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Jonas Ursin – Keyboards, Guitar
Antti Hevosmaa – Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Percussions
We are a five piece from Eastern Finland. We create atmospheric music with a lot of instruments. Textures are important to us, but they would mean nothing without solid melodies and rhythms.
NEØV IN PRESS
“Very rarely an album embodies polarizing attributes so exquisitely – delicate yet discordant, intricate yet spatial, and emotionally resonant.”
-Prefix Magazine, USA
“Their knack for combining ethereal, dreamlike melodies with pop sensibilities evokes the more accessible moments on tunes such as Sigur Rós’ ‘Gobbledigook’.”
-DIY Weekly, UK
“Fascinating five piece who create perfectly crafted shoegaze-tinged melodies, and expertly team them up with soft, nostalgic vocals.”
-Nordic Playlist, UK
SHARED THE STAGE WITH
Abroad we’ve played with Aurora from Norway, Cancer from Denmark, Robbing Millions from Belgium and Kælan Mikla from Iceland for example. On ’Orange Morning’ tour in Finland we supported chart-toppers Disco Ensemble, which was nice. And hey, we are curating our own festival Gramofon Fest every summer and have shared the stage there with Burning Hearts and Sans Parade among others. Other Finnish bands we’ve played with include Von Hertzen Brothers, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Satellite Stories and French Films.
Dominique, February 2015
Orange Morning, February 2013
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Congratulations on the new album. Anything you’d like to share about the making of “Dominique”?
Thank you! It was a liberation to make that album and we hope you can feel it when listening to it. ’Dominique’ was recorded in Eastern Finland in the middle of the woods and in an old wooden house. Those surroundings affected the outcome.
How did you guys come up with the band name?
I found this word, NEØV, from my notebook. It just felt good. It’s neutral. It doesn’t mean anything. It is as absurd as our music is. Previously we were called Neufvoin, which was our family’s last name in the 19th century. When we were making our debut album, it felt like everything changed quite much and we wanted to start a new life under this new name, NEØV.
What and who were your musical influences growing up? And how about today?
When we were teenagers, me (Anssi, the songwriter) and my brother Samuli got the main inspiration to start a band from a Danish group Kashmir. We were into Neil Young, David Bowie, 90’s Brit Pop and all that Radiohead-influenced wave after that.
Nowadays our musical influences are wide and we like to discover new instruments. Adding horns to our music was part of that mentality.
What does the future hold in store for you? We know you have been playing live in and outside of Finland since the beginning of the year. Will that continue?
Yes, we have a tour going on right now. Next gig will be our debut show in Berlin and we’re excited about that. Hopefully we’ll soon announce more shows with this album. And of course we’re writing new music all the time.
Anything else you would like to share with us?
Thanks a lot for featuring us on Arctic Drones. We’re grateful for all the support we’ve had – our music wouldn’t exist without it.