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New Single from The Art Crimes Band ‘Neon Skyline’

August 22, 2022

“I need to feel something tonight, like love” sings The Art Crimes Band lead singer Grace McMahon over sultry saxophone. With their eclectic line up the Cork band are uniquely suited to take inspiration from classic 80’s themes and return with another soulful release ahead of a busy touring season. New single ‘Neon Skyline’ is out August 26, 2022.

Inspired by the novel “Bright Lights, Big City” by American author Jay McInerney, ‘Neon Skyline’ was conceived by guitarist Stephen Kirby while on a night time drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. As the lights of Las Vegas loomed over the horizon from the highway Stephen began to think of a driving drum beat and a guitar riff. This would become the genesis of ‘Neon Skyline’. Ten years later the track would be completed with the rest of the band with lyrics based upon Jay McInerney’s novel; a tale about a character’s time spent caught up in, and notably escaping from, the mid-1980s New York City fast lane.

Staying true to the 80’s theme of the song, the track’s sound and production is akin to 80’s Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty & The HeartBreakers, John Mayer and Bon Iver. ‘Neon Skyline’ was recorded and produced by The Art Crimes Band at their FlashPoint Creative Studios in Cork City Ireland and mastered by engineer Andy Walter (David Bowie, Rush, Simple Minds) at Abbey Road Studios, London.

The Art Crimes Band’s first album Radio on the SUGO Music record label in 2015 reflected a group still searching for their groove. Following on from last year’s ‘In The Dark Of The evening’ and with a fresh studio album in the works they have solidified a firm foundation in the R&B/Soul sound under which they are right at home.  Band members include Gary Baus (Alto Saxophone), Stephen Kirby (Guitars), Niall Dennehy (Drums & Percussion), Grace McMahon (Vocals), Tim O’Leary (Bass) and introducing new member Katie O’Donnell (Piano & Keyboards).

‘Neon Skyline’ is out worldwide on the SUGO Music Record label August 26, 2022

Live Shows

August 26-29: SoulFest Cork tickets https://soulfestcork.com

October 29: Guinness Cork Jazz Festival  – The Oliver Plunkett

October 29: Guinness Cork Jazz Festival  – The Woodford

October 30: Guinness Cork Jazz Festival  – The Oliver Plunkett


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Photo: Hilda McMahon

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