|Origin||London, England, UK|
|Labels||Absolute Label Services |
Inner Wound Recordings
|Members||Frederick Thunder |
|Past members||Mauricio Chamusero |
Boris Le Gal
Neonfly is a British metal band who have released two critically acclaimed albums: 2011’s Outshine The Sun and 2014’s Strangers In Paradise. Their third album, The Future, Tonight, will be released in 2020.
Created in 2008, the brainchild of guitarist and composer Frederick Thunder, Neonfly originally consisted of:
- Frederick Thunder- guitar
- Tamas Csemez - vocals
- Paul Miller - bass, background/growl vocals
- Patrick Harrington - guitar
- Boris Le Gal – drums
The band’s first EP Clever Disguise, released in 2008 and featuring backing vocals from ex-Shy/TNT vocalist Tony Mills. The band opened for Power Quest, Adagio and To-Mera in support of the EP, as well as performing at several European festivals 2009–10.
UK tours followed in 2010 with the band opening for H.E.A.T., Arthemis and Freedom Call. Tour highlights included a set on the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Open Air Festival where they debuted new Irish singer Willy Norton. Norton replaced original singer, Tamas Csemez after an amicable split, and gave his first performance with the band with just one week’s preparation.
The band’s Bloodstock performance resulted in an invitation to feature their track "Ship With No Sails" on the video game Rock Band 3.
Outshine The Sun (2011–2013)
In February 2011, the band entered Remaster Studios in Vicenza, Italy, to record their debut album with producer, and ex-White Skull guitarist, Nick Savio (Power Quest, Arthemis, Raintime). The result of this collaboration was Neonfly’s debut album, Outshine The Sun, whose recording was soon followed by UK tour dates with Power Quest and Pagan’s Mind.
The album quickly attracted the attention of British label Rising Records, who released the album on August 29, 2012. The band’s debut single, "A Gift To Remember", was released alongside their first video. Although received positively, Rising Records later collapse critically hampered the commercial momentum of Outshine The Sun.
Undeterred the band toured the record remorselessly, with UK dates opening for Finnish melodic metallers Sonata Arctica, a memorable performance on the Jägermeister stage at Download 2012 and a one-off support slot for Norwegian metallers TNT. Winter 2012 saw Neonfly opening for Magnum across Europe.
The band were booked to play Masters Of Rock Festival 2013 and returned to the UK to perform at Bloodstock 2013, both on the Sophie Lancaster stage and backstage in an exclusive acoustic set on the Gibson Tour Bus.
With their reputation as a compelling live act growing, the band received an invitation to open for Alice Cooper on the initial German dates of his 2013 Raise The Dead Tour.
By 2013 the band, still without a record deal, entered HOFA Studios in Karlsdorf, Germany, where they recorded their second album, helmed by producer Dennis Ward (Angra, Unisonic, Krokus, Primal Fear, Pink Cream 69) with orchestral arrangements by Günter Werno (Vanden Plas). Their sophomore effort was ready by Summer 2013.
Strangers In Paradise (2014–2015)
Neonfly began negotiations with Swedish label Inner Wound Recordings in 2014, and finally signed their second contract whilst on a UK/European tour, again with Magnum. A tour that was also notable for the band surviving a mid-tour tour-bus robbery that led to the loss of most of their instruments.
Although delayed for two years, the new album, Strangers in Paradise, was finally released on November 28, 2014 in Europe, December 1 in the UK and December 2 in North America. Strangers In Paradise displayed a band that was clearly maturing and developing its own distinctive sound. The album, partly inspired by Aztec / Mesoamerican culture, utilised artwork from noted American artist Jorge "Qetza" Garza.
2014, was marked by an 18-show opening stint with power metal legends Dragonforce in the UK. The tour culminated days after the album’s release at London’s Kentish Town Forum in support of Dragonforce and headliners, Epica. The tour was the first to feature Andy Midgley (ex-Power Quest/I Am I) on lead guitar. Midgley was formally announced as a permanent replacement for Patrick Harrington in February 2015.
The band released their single "Better Angels" on March 2, 2015 with an exclusive b-side of "Falling Star" (piano version) featuring Günter Werno. The single was supported by a video shot in Cyprus featuring Team GB 2012 Olympians Lynne Hutchison and Jade Faulkner. October saw the release of the band’s third video for single "Highways To Nowhere".
European tour, festivals ... (2015–2018)
Neonfly, already confirmed for a main stage slot at the 2015 Masters of Rock festival also announced an 18 date European tour in November and December as openers for metal legends Gamma Ray, with two additional German dates opening for long-time tour-mates, Freedom Call.
The end of the touring cycle for the album saw the departure of drummer Boris Le Gal (Betraying The Martyrs). With the recruitment of new drummer Dec Brown (ex-Fallen To Flux) in 2017 the band went on to open for Alice Cooper at a sold out Junge Garde in Dresden, and toured Europe with metal legends Anvil in 2018, all the while taking their time to compose their long delayed third album.
The Future, Tonight – a new sound (2019–Present)
Neonfly definitively returned on May 24, 2019 with the release of single "This World is Burning", on Absolute Label Services. The single represents the opening broadside from third album, The Future, Tonight and signals a turn towards a more contemporary rock-oriented sound allied with decidedly socially conscious lyrics.
Produced by Grammy Award nominated producer Romesh Dodangoda, (Motörhead, Funeral For A Friend, Bring Me The Horizon) and off the back of a hugely successful crowdfund campaign, the band finished recording their new album at Long Wave Studios in Cardiff in November 2019. The Future, Tonight is slated for release in 2020.
The band are booked for Masters of Rock festival 2020, in Czech Republic, appearing, amongst others, alongside Judas Priest, Nightwish, Sepultura, Amon Amarth and Amorphis.
- 2008 – Clever Disguise
- 2011 – Outshine The Sun
- 2014 – Strangers In Paradise
- 2020 – The Future, Tonight (release in 2020)
- 2015 – "Better Angels"
- 2015 – "Highways To Nowhere"
- 2019 – "This World Is Burning"
- Frederick Thunder – guitar (2008–present)
- Paul Miller – bass, backing vocals (2008–present)
- Willy Norton – vocals (2010–present)
- Declan (Dec) Brown – drums, percussion (2019–present)
- Mauricio Chamusero – drums (2008–2009)
- Tamas Csemez – vocals (2008–2010)
- Patrick Harrington – guitar, backing vocals (2008–2014)
- Boris Le Gal – drums (2009-2016)
- Andy Midgley – guitar, backing vocals (20152018)
- Tony Mills – vocals (2008)
- Mirko Fadda guitar (2018–present)