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Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Electronic Rock


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I first saw LA quartet Neonderthal performing on a rooftop during Downtown's Art Walk. The tiny space and adjoining apartment were packed, and lead vocalist Steven Mathew’s Bowie-esque wails could be heard all along Spring Street. Unfortunately, not everyone was a fan, and the police showed up to shut the performance down after a mere three songs. Bummer.

Had they heard the group's new single "The Ride," they may have stuck around to join the party. The electro synth-pop track, which sounds like a lost 80s gem, is an homage to the simplest of creature comforts: wanting to be home. It arrives with a exceptionally rad music video shot in Downtown LA, Atwater Village, and the LA River.

The video stars a dude who could very well be Anthony Hopkins’ skinnier younger brother, whom, funny story, director Jeremy Eichenbaum met while in jury duty. The actor, Paul Raci, was translating the trial in American Sign Language, and he does the same with the song's lyrics in the video. It's the year-old band's first, but you can check out their other stuff, like their self-titled debut album—produced by the late Ikey Owens—via Soundcloud. Keep an ear out for more singles from these up-and-comers because they’ve got an EP in the works slated to drop early next year. Watch the video for Neonderthal's "The Ride" below and get the single on iTunes October 31. - Noisey (Vice)

"Neonderthal @ Jessie Square"

Neonderthal is a new-wave pop band that is keeping the '80s alive, one jam at a time. Lead singer and guitarist Steve Mathews' bone-shaking, David Bowie-inspired wail of a voice sounds like it emerged from a time capsule sealed in the days of poufy hair and shoulder pads — albeit with a slight dark bent, along the lines of black leather and metal studs. Combined with drums, keys, electronics, and bass, the 2-year-old L.A. band, which dropped a self-titled debut last year and has an EP coming out next month, crafts melodic, eerie electro-pop ballads that are not to be slept on. Curious? Peep the quartet at their free outdoor show at Jessie Square across from Yerba Buena Gardens for Mac Cosmetics' new line Vibe Tribe (and follow them down to L.A. the next week to catch them at the Mac event in Hollywood). - SF Weekly

"Neonderthal Are a New Wave Blast From the Past"

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a neanderthal is “one who suggests a caveman in appearance, mentality, or behavior; a person who has very old-fashioned ideas and who does not like change.” Then there’s Neonderthal, a four-piece ensemble of developed species from Long Beach that implement strains of ‘80s New Wave, disco, and rock in a most modern way. Their music hooks first with catchy rhythms and driving beats, then Steven Mathews’ unique vocal melodies, which is complemented by Tone Blair on bass, Anthony Bentancourt on keys and vocals, completed by Branden Murray’s mechanical beat on the drums. Mathews took a moment to give us at the Weekly the background of Neonderthal and details about their breakout year, and their upcoming show at The Wayfarer this Thursday. - OC Weekly


Still working on that hot first release.



Neonderthal is an LA Based Rock band, led by Stephen Matthews. The Bay Area born, Long Beach raised musician is no stranger to songwriting, producing and performing; having first picked up a guitar at age 10 and playing with bands such as On Blast and The Spell. Neonderthal self-wrote and self-produced all songs to date, with collective production efforts from members of the aforementioned bands and Ikey Owens; a renowned keyboardist, producer and Jack White collaborator.

Hot off the release of their first LP, Neonderthal is currently finishing the second album as well as polishing the live set for larger venue and festival type performances. The world debut of the music video for “The Ride” on Noisey (Vice), which included a write-up by the newly appointed SF Weekly Music Editor, as well as features by other local and web-based media outlets, has steadily built a growing fan base. Headlining performances at Hollywood’s Bardot nightclub and Que Sera in Long Beach have drawn hundreds of fans and were very well received. A few performances in Austin during SXSW 2016 music week have added to Neonderthal’s national footprint.

Description of Sound: Indie Electro Rock with New Wave feel

Influences: Roxy Music, David Bowie, Black Sabbath, Iggy Pop, The Sonics, Hank Williams

Band Members: Stephen Matthews, Anthony Bentancourt, Branden Murray, Anthony Weidner

Venues Played: Bardot (Hollywood), Spare Room at the Roosevelt Hotel (Hollywood), Que Sera (Long Beach), Ham & Eggs Tavern (DTLA), Five Star Bar (DTLA), Lit Lounge (Austin), Shakespeare’s (Austin)

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