Music | Interview: Neon Wolf

Neon Wolf

From the ashes of five different bands, rose Neon Wolf, a Kilkenny based five-piece indie rock acts that slow burned their way as one of the hidden gems on the Irish indie scene.

Speaking to Rob Grace, the band’s frontman, he has a keen ear for rising acts too.  Bands like PRIDES, The Japanese House, and Blossoms are a few he names when the topic of influences is on the table.  There’s an awareness of their sound in those acts, the moderate rhythm tempos, synth driven bass, and higher tones for vocals.

Having mentioned influences, it has been a few months since we heard the end product of their favourite sounds incarnated as their own, which Rob explains won’t be the case for much longer “We have about three albums worth of material, which we hope to record in June” he explains, “the main thing is to record it now.”

The band will headline Whelans’ on 11 June, a gig that has just sold out and marks their first show in the capital where they top the bill. It will cap a number of excellent shows to date with supports for HamsandwicH, Walking On Cars, and of course more to come when Stereophonics arrive to play Kilmainham this month too.

It may be a slow rise, but Neon Wolf have put troubles behind them, worked towards gaining recognition by being on the bill for many ‘nights to remember’ in their time together. One of those Rob recalls, was supporting The 1975 on their first outing in Dublin; “A few days before that gig in The Academy 2, we got asked to support them.  They were quiet apart from maybe one of the guys, playing to a room full of our mates when I think about it. Then about two months later I heard ‘Chocolate’ in work and they just exploded since then.”

After 11 June, Rob tells me it’s back to recording the rest of the material they have lined-up, some of which will be five songs with producer Rocky O’Reilly in his studios in Belfast. “We are excited to get it all out there, Whelans’ is definitely going to be hearing some of it.”

Neon Wolf play a sold out show at Whelans’ on 11 June 2016.