Neon Blonde

Album Title: Chandeliers In The Savannah
Release Date: September 13, 2005
Genre: Electro-Rock
On the opening track of Neon Blonde's debut album, Chandeliers In The Savannah, it sounds like Les Georges Leningrad's Poney P and Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine got together for a screaming match - and it's freakin' brilliant. Of course when one realizes Neon Blonde only has one vocalist, "Black Cactus Killers" gets that much better. Frantic, ear-splitting, and ultimately schizophrenic, the song blows the album past the ionosphere and into the very reaches of the universe, possibly further.

The songs that follow the initial freak-out are generally calmer and softer, and while none of them match the pure magic of "Black Cactus Killers", the entirety of Chandeliers should send off immediate alarms in the indie world. Bouncing back from the organic to the digital, from the calm to the frenzied, from the soft to the grating, the word schizophrenic may indeed be the best descriptor for the album. Neon Blonde is most certainly not for the mainstream, but then again, neither are the Blood Brothers from which vocalist Johnny Whitney and drummer Mark Gajadhar hail.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt

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