Neon Dolls, are a rock band from Leeds, Yorkshire, formed from the ashes of former local bands, in the summer of 2014. “They have in that time self‐released 1 EP (Golden Handcuffs) and 2 Studio Albums (Imperial + When It Strikes). All releases have been well received, gaining positive reviews and airplay around the globe including North and South America, New Zealand and various radio stations in around the UK including BBC Introducing and BCB Radio. The albums were accompanied by sell out shows at The Wardrobe Leeds and The Key Club Leeds.”
The band: 5 members strong, has been built up over time originally starting with Tom Axe (Vocals), Sean Hatherley (lead Guitar) and Michael Jarvis (Drums) with Fernando Manresa (Bass) joining for the last year. Leam Hayes (Rhythm Guitar) is their newest member but they’d known him awhile from the local scene. In the beginning Sean, Tom and Michael would be responsible for the song writing, but in recent times it is a collective effort from the whole band.
“one of us will have a riff, or melody and we’ll all start to bash it together in the practice room.”
Are you working on anything new?
“We’ve just finished mixing our 3 track EP for release in September, but we’re always tinkering around with songs/ ideas in the practice room, it keeps us fresh if nothing else!”
“Prior to the second album release (When It Strikes) they released a music video for one of the singles from the second album Step Out of the Dark. The video subsequently went on to win a “People’s Choice Award” at the Leeds Music Video Awards, amidst an array of incredible videos from some of the best and brightest unsigned Yorkshire based artists, such as NARCS, Marsicans and Glass Mountains.”
Which Album is the most popular with your growing fan base?
“To be honest, we’re not sure! The first album seemed to go down really well and the 2nd album keeps doing steady business. Our live set is made up of songs from both (and a couple of new ones) and they all seem to go down really well.”
“We want to continue making music we’re proud of and makes us happy, too many bands try and write what they think people want to hear, which is where things usually start to go wrong, you can’t second guess what people will and won’t react to! Anything after that is a bonus.”
“The big one (gig) on the horizon is our EP launch on the 9th September in the Games Room at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. We’ve handpicked the line up for it and the tickets sales are going really well.”
If anything was possible where do you want the band to be in a few years?
“Ideally, we’d all like to be able to quit our jobs and be full time musicians earning a decent living wage, if that involves being absolutely huge with number 1 records and sold out arena tours even better!”
You’d mentioned that you were inspired by Oasis, The Verve and The Stone Roses, how long have you been influenced by Rock, or had a passion for music?
“We’ve all loved music for as long as we can remember, as a band, yeah we’re classed as rock, but we’ll all listen to loads of other genres at home like hip hop, rap, pop, punk , Motown, and that all goes into the pot when we’re writing songs.”
‘Beat the feeling’
“We almost always play ‘Beat The Feeling’ from our first album as the last song of our gigs, we’ve now got an extended outro for it where we can have a bit of fun with it!”