Movement Magazine

Introducing: Ne-Hi

Thomas Bellflower July 7, 2015


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. Today, they share a new single, “Drag,” and announce an extensive tour taking them from the Midwest to the east coast and down south. This is the first of many times you’ll be hearing the name Ne-Hi, so realign those receptors.

Thu. July 9 – Indianapolis, IN @ Joyful Noise
Tue. Aug. 11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Café
Thu. Aug. 13 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Fri. Aug. 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
Sat. Aug. 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Sun. Aug 16 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Mon. Aug. 17 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Tue. Aug. 18 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
Wed. Aug. 19 – Greensboro, NC @ The Crown at Carolina Theatre
Thu. Aug. 20 – Savannah, G @ Hang Fire Bar
Fri. Aug. 21 – Atlanta, GA @ 529
Mon. Aug. 24 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
Tue. Aug. 25 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Thu. Aug. 27 – Columbia, MO @ Café Berlin
Fri. Aug 28 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
Sat. Aug. 29 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverwest Public House
Fri. Sep. 4-6 – Chicago, IL @ North Coast Music Festival

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