The post-metal band, Neurosis, is playing presently playing shows in the land down under, but
will be heading back to the Northern hemisphere to entertain its fans. Don't miss Neurosis as they play Tucson, Arizona this
October at the Rialto Theatre. The Rialto, along with Lindy's on 4th and The District Tavern are presenting the Southwest
Terror Fest III. Metal fans will be out in large numbers, so make sure you get your tickets while you have the opportunity.
Keep an eye out for shows in Denver and Austin, as Neurosis will be playing there too. It is a great time to see Neurosis
as it is nearing 30 years of making metal fans bang their heads.
It has almost been three
decades that Neurosis has been playing gigs and touring the world sharing its art with the world outside of itself. The band
formed in 1985 and consisted of Scott Kelly, Dave Edwardson and Jason Roeder. The band considered itself hardcore punk and
took influences from the crust punk scene. The following year, the band added an additional guitarist, Chad Salter, and Simon
McIlroy on synthesizer, which only slightly changed the sound of the band. Over the next ten years, the band changed members,
as Steve Von Till replaced Chad Salter and Noah Landis replaced Simon McIllroy. The changes in the band continued to influence
the sound that was turning away from its early hardcore punk sounds toward post-metal. It was the album Enemy of the Sun that
the band solidified this new sound with metal riffs. Neurosis has cited the following bands as influences: Swans, Hank Williams,
Black Flag, Amebix, Black Sabbath, and more.
After the band codified its sound,
it managed to attract mainstream attention with the album Through Silver in Blood on Relapse Records. It followed a tour with
Pantera and a subsequent album called Times of Grace. The band had broken through to the point of starting a side project
that focused on ambient music. Then, in 2000, Neurosis founded Neurot Recordings to create its own albums from home, under
the belief that it becomes more special for the fan to purchase art directly from the person who creates it. The band released
the album A Sun That Never Sets that included much clearer vocals than in the past and much more acoustic sounds. Again, the
band continued to modify its sounds and started to utilize pauses and slower instrumentation similar to the ambient side project.
In recent years, Neurosis released Given to the Rising that picked the more hardcore and metal aspects of its earlier music.
During an interview, Steve Von Till speaks to the transitions in the band's music, "Like every new work we embark on, it is
the next step in our evolution, the next bend in our path. You can expect it to be honest, emotional, heavy, and beautiful.
We are extremely proud and happy with the way the music has guided us. It explores some new sonic territory for us. Some of
the ways we are approaching our heavy riffing is new and challenging, the keyboard sounds are really amazing and powerful
and Jason is always blowing us away with his rhythms." He went on to explain that the band is not full of perfectionists and
that the music comes organically and from the soul, as it is not an intellectual experience. Neurosis wants its fans to feel
the emotion and humanness of the music that when a sound is perfected it misses.
Neurosis Live Show Experience
live show experience, like the band's sound, has evolved over the years. In the early years Adam Kendall was asked to create
visual art to accompany the bands performances. He continued to contribute to Neurosis until the late 1990s and even shot
footage for Neurosis. Pete Inc was responsible for the visual art for a period of time before Josh Graham took his place.
The art that accompanies the bands live performances is what helps to make the show an incredible experience for its audience.
The band is quite powerful and has a strong following. The Neurosis fans help to make the live show experience that much more
Steve Von Till considers Jack London a major influence by encouraging one to
live an inspired life. Despite Neurosis starting out as a hardcore punk rock band, it does not aim to promote a political
agenda. The band is set on focusing its efforts on the emotional and spiritual aspects of human existence, as music is well
equipped to do so. Neurosis is a self-reflective band that puts much emotion into its art to reach its audience. Seeing Neurosis
live in concert is a great opportunity to experience all of the efforts of the band in its most human element.