Dayton, Ohio’s Neo American Pioneers channel the spirit of a golden age of rock and roll, when the Rolling Stones and Creedence Clearwater Revival ruled the airwaves, into a modern indie rock sound that lands somewhere between college rock and Top 40 radio. Chief songwriter Billy Swayne and Heather Redman trade lead vocal duties, with Swayne focusing on big vocal melodies and memorable lyrics and Redman on layered and textured vocal harmonies. Lead guitarist Daniel Spaugy fills each tune with guitar lines that transcend from melodic leads and solos into hummable earworms while Paul Monnin layers in keys and noise to supply some sonic glue. Bassist Ian Goudie and drummer Trevor Bell provide the backbeat of the band, moving seamlessly from steady thumping rhythms to off-the-rails grooves.
Neo American Pioneers aim to meld rock, indie, country, and soul into a seamless, sonic package that is palatable for the masses and discerning music fans alike. From the gangle-tinged country of the Byrds and Creedence Clearwater Revival, to the swagger and soul of the Rolling Stones, to the male-female vocal interplay of Fleetwood Mac, to the soaring melodies of power-pop bands like Big Star and Cheap Trick, to the guitar fuzz and snarl of 90s alternative and indie bands like REM, Pavement, and Weezer, the Pioneers hope to build upon rock and roll’s legacy by providing a sound that is both familiar and fresh.
Since its release, the Pioneers first album, ‘Beginning to Unfold’ has made waves locally, earning a spot in the Dayton Daily News’ Top 10 Regional Albums of 2018 and Top 5 Americana Albums of 2018. The Pioneers are set to release a follow-up album, Into the Deep, on July 17, 2021. Late 2021 and 2022 will find the Pioneers expanding their regional presence with shows in the tri-state area and focusing their efforts online to reach national and international markets.
File under: Indie/Americana/Power-Pop (CCR, Big Star, Weezer, Wilco, Parquet Courts, Kurt Vile, Big Thief)
“Into the Deep” album description
The human tendency to over-indulge and fixate on one’s surroundings, relationships, and experiences is a common theme that weaves its way through the songs of “Into the Deep”. From the pursuit of physical prowess and age positivity in “Like the Young Guys Do”, to the sexual tension and ‘thrill of the chase’ in “The Fever”, or the yearning to do everything you can to make a relationship work in “My One & Only”, the first half of the album focuses on the lighter side of this excess. The second half of the album dives deep into the dark side. Tracks like “Into the Deep” and “Round & Round” tackle themes of isolation and anxiety, submitting to your shortcomings and ‘settling’, and the exhaustion of trying to connect in a society that continues to become more polarized.