Chicago's Ne-Hi at Mothlight Asheville
Chicago four-piece Ne-Hi’s songs bubble with energy not unlike those of the Paisley Underground or R.E.M., but mixed with the jangle-punk of the early Flying Nun scene. The band pulls effortlessly from their influences, but makes them their own. Born out of the backyards and basements of Chicago’s DIY music scene, it could be said that Ne-Hi began as a lark; four friends coming together to score another friend’s film. When the foursome – comprised of guitarist/lead singers Alex Otake and Jason Balla, bassist James Weir, and drummer Mikey Wells – took stock of what they were capable of, the decision was clear that they needed to keep making music together. And so their nascent story continues, with local Chicago press fawning and shows selling out, making it time for a bigger audience to see what the boys of Ne-Hi are brewing. This is the first of many times you’ll be hearing the name Ne-Hi, so realign those receptors.
NE-HI w/ Shallows, Isaacson
August 18 Tuesday
Doors 8:00pm, Show 9:00 – $8
The Mothlight, 701 Haywood Road