Ne-Hi is Post Punk that crawled out of the basements of Chicago's Northwest side. NE-HI made its name on both its live energy and cleverly wrought guitar anthems. On its second album Offers (Grand Jury), the band takes those basement-forged instincts and refines them, lets its guitars explore new angles, and focuses its songwriting. The result shows there are a wide range of post-punk possibilities yet to be explored.
It all started at Animal Kingdom, a flash-in-the-pan DIY basement in Chicagos Logan Square. There, in the summer of 2013, three friends from college, Jason Balla (guitar/vocals), Mikey Wells (guitar/vocals) and James Weir (bass) linked up with drummer Alex Otake to score a buddys film and decided to start bashing around together as NE-HI. NE-HIs more ambitious sound and heady arrangements broke away from garage rocks back-to-basics approach. The bands disparate influences--Wires post-punk, Springsteens everyman anthems, along with echoes of dreamy atmospheres of Dave Robacks Rain Parade and the jangly buzz of Kiwi pop legends The Clean--began burning through. The band attracted the attention of Dave Vettraino, who asked NE-HI to record at his Public House Recordings studio for posting on his website.
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