THIS MONTH, DARWIN’S power funk sensation The NEO headline a special double bill concert at Darwin Railway Club, supported by their outrageous mates, The Gentrified Ferals.
By Tierney Seccull
The concert officially launches ‘King FOTU’, the fourth single and title track from The NEO’s new album FOTU – an acronym for fear of the unknown – which has seen the music act sprinkle song releases throughout the year.
‘King FOTU’ is a slam dancing, power funk tune – one of the songs featured on the album that’ll get any listener up on the dance floor. The NEO’s Tim Sinclair says the song explores the greatest of all fears.
“It’s this idea of what’s happening in the world, and this person abusing a position of power and using their power to manipulate the truth and change people’s ideas about what’s true and what’s not – basically trying to get more power and more money,” he says.
“This song is kind of like a call for people to rise up against that. A lot of the album explores different fears, and this one is the biggest of them all … the way those in power can get people to turn on each other.”
This is the band’s first show since winning the Passport To Airlie competition to represent the NT in the national competition at Airlie Beach Festival of Music in November.
In fact, The NEO soft-launch the album in Airlie Beach for the festival, prior to the album’s official release in Darwin.
FOTU has been 10 years in the making and the result of some generous crowd funding.
“We’re very, very grateful that people have supported us through this. We’re hoping they feel our appreciation coming back at them," Sinclair says.
"We’re sending those that have supported us a copy of the album, and some have given more than the value of an album, so we’ve been thinking of other ways to show our appreciation, like doing backyard concerts or writing a song for them.
“It’s exciting to be able to say thank you, that’ll be a really great moment. And it’s not too far away! We’re really excited to launch the album in November in Darwin and set a date – it’s been amazing.”
Photos: Steve Kelk for Foldback Media NT