If I ever had a new aria to learn I would listen to Gedda first in order to make sure I was “doing it right.”
Garrett Harris 4 p.m., Feb. 27
RIYL: Foster the People, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend, the Naked And Famous, R.E.M.
Indie new wave power-pop band Neon Cough began as a recording project for singer/multi-instrumentalist Dan Luko, before evolving into a trio. They released Dracula’s Mixtape in May 2012, earning a San Diego Music Awards nomination for Best Pop Album.
Luko says one of their strangest gigs happened at a 2011 house party. “We get there, set up our gear, and start playing in the backyard of this house that borders on an alley. Near the end of our set, a dog comes running through a big gap in the fence. The dog stops and sits behind us with its head following our drummer's drumsticks along with every movement. When we finally stop playing, our drummer sets down his sticks, the dog runs up, grabs one of them in its mouth, runs through the hole in the fence and off into the night, never to be seen again.”
“That dog was the talk of the party.”
In July 2013, they released their third full-length, New Adventures in Wi-Fi.
"The rib cage on the album cover is a reference to the anatomical theme that runs throughout the album," says Luko. "There are songs on there about hearts, brains, lungs, skulls, etc. The album was built one piece at time like Frankenstein's monster. Like the creature, it turned out to be more than the sum of its parts. It became this entity that questions what makes us human."
"And you can dance to it!"
Their song “World of Tomorrow” appears on a 2-disc edition of the compilation series Powerpop Planet Volume 3, from Colorado based label Pop Geek Heaven. Released January 6, 2014, it also includes tracks from locals True Stories (“Hearts on Sleeve”), Normandie Wilson (“Nobody Loves You Like I Do”), and Scott Mathiasen & the Shifty Eyed Dogs (“Oh Misery”).