Neu Facade
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Neu Facade

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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"Over at Jillian's ..."

Over at Jillian's ...

Jillian's initiation into Neon Reverb -- more a mutual piggybacking than a booking collaboration -- was not without its shaky starts. For the Sept. 12 edition, the stage lights refused to work. And the opener, AltaRevere, faltered as well. Its New Wave sound was well-developed, but the band's performance lacked the excitement normally associated with the sort of music it plays.

That evening's troubled ended there. The remaining bands, locals The Opera and Neu Facade, had to endure a dark stage but managed to make the best of a bad situation and salvaged the gig. The Opera showcased its characteristic punk-lite sound. And while previous shows revealed lackluster performances, Sept. 12 saw the band as good as it's ever been. The headliner, Neu Facade, was clearly the band to see; the majority of the audience -- a mostly mid-twenties crowd split between random gig-goers and those sporting festival passes -- came swarming from the sidelines of the bar to the stage. The singer in particular drew in the crowd, his confident enthusiasm contagious to both his bandmates and the people watching him. And if his dance moves didn't make as strong an impression, the songs themselves did. While AltaRevere's New Wave approached All-American Rejects territory, Neu Facade's interpretation came closer to New Order.

The next night at Jillian's also started roughly when the door staff didn't seem to know about Neon Reverb and were reluctant to take the entry passes. Once this dilemma was finally smoothed over, the downstairs stage area revealed a big, mostly high-school crowd. Val-Halla, very young itself, kicked off the night by proving could hold their own with players twice their age. When You Wake, an indie-pop band, followed and didn't transcend its music's stereotypes -- and bored some as a result. Think, the much-talked-about rockers with a Red Hot Chili Peppers-esque sound, riled up those uninterested by the preceding band. The Stript outplayed every band on both nights' bills with their glam-metal sound and stage antics -- singer Mike Lorenzo shed everything but his pants, and his headbanging bandmates would compete with him for the front spotlight -- which hopefully impressed the rumored A&R rep in the audience. As He Defeats, an alternative rock band, could not follow The Stript; many left early into its performance.

Coincidentally, I was the only visible festival pass holder during the second night. Perhaps Jillian's -- and its clientele -- will increase its involvement for Neon Reverb's March return.

LAURA DAVIS, davislaura@live.com - Laura Davis


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The birth of Neu Facade was the result of a mixture of ideas that flourished into a musical ingenuity through the course of five years by four like minded individuals. Formerly known as "Neon Facade/Black Merlin", the name was later changed to "Neu Facade" with the acknowledgement that the foundation of their musicianship and performing arts had shed a more significant light within it's meaning. The group is a digitally bound quartet driven by a multitude of genres and eras in music, but primarily fixated in the "New Wave" phenomenon striking high on their list of interests. Franz Voltaire (lead vox/ synth) illustrates his lyrics with a balanced dose of rapier wit and hard truth fully expressed from paper to vocalization by showcasing his genuineness and over-all dynamics on stage. Luigi Lucian Vega (guitar/ synth) and Vincent Valencia (bass/ synth) thrive with energy displaying talents of their musical craft and showmanship whilst, The General (drums/ percussion/ vox) ties in the performance with pulsing rhythms, appropriately in sync with the "aura" created by Neu Facade's musical environment. Singing the high-end backing vocals, The General fully compliments Franz's tenor range as a splendid accompaniment. Each piece is a story in it's own right, fusing new wave nostalgia with some avant-garde twists cleverly embellished in elements of post punk, goth and synth-pop.