NEUROSONIC emerged from the Vancouver rock scene in early 2006. As driven and unapologetic as its creator, the music of Neurosonic bears its own blend of fierce vigor. Neurosonic’s blatant, brutally honest musings are an intense build of hard rock, industrial reinforcement, standout lyrics, and big, catchy, killer choruses.
Neurosonic's songwriter/producer Jason Darr (lead vox/guitar) is the real deal: an uncompromising artist, determined to realize and relay his vision. Joining him in this journey are Troy Healy (guitar), Jacen Ekstrom (accompanying vox/ bass) and Shane Smith (drums), all of who are committed to the creation, performance and recording of visceral, powerful music. The manifestation of this is Neurosonic's 2007 premier on Bodog Music, "Drama Queen."
"Drama Queen" challenges the genre boundaries set up in today's rock scene.
As aggressive and furious as a pop album could be, "Drama Queen" is a musical mutation like none other: Beatles-esque hooks assaulted with the industrial rock of Nine Inch Nails, or My Chemical Romance theatrics merged with System Of A Down progressions. Darr’s lyrics defy comparison. His hyper-intensity, torment and sarcasm are reflected in the songs. They connect with listeners who are tired of piss-and-moan post grunge or "we're-so-cute" pseudo-emo. Whether waging all out war on psycho chicks ("Crazy Sheila"), standing defiantly in the face of idiocy ("Until I Die"), or spitting venom at the pre-fab pop star machine ("So Many People"), Neurosonic remain true to themselves, the music, and their cult of loyal fans. "Drama Queen" says it the way Neurosonic fans feel it.
Night after night and tour after tour Neurosonic are guaranteed to deliver a face-caving show. Shane Smith punishes the drums, laying it down with fierce vigor. Guitarist Troy Healy and bassist Mike Wall slash and burn the stage with charismatic force and unstoppable energy. As Jason Darr sings, sneers and screams, he invades the audience headspace and becomes the puppet master to mesmerized crowds. Neurosonic demands and receives a powerful reaction from global audiences. This show is the head butt after the handshake!
Neurosonic continuously promote their release "Drama Queen" internationally, with the support of Bodog Music -- and Neurosonic fans.
READERS!!!! Here are Jason Darr’s answers to YOUR questions. He actually wrote these while in between recording sessions for their upcoming album. Neurosonic is currently recording at the Armory in Vancouver.
What and who inspired you to become a musician? - (Jeff M. – Inverness, IL)
When I was a kid, my older siblings were nuts about Kiss. I was exposed to their friends coming over and air-guitaring and pretending they were Kiss. They were all a few years older than me so I was really in awe of them. That was the first thing in my life that I remember about wanting to be a musician... or a demon.
How did the tour with Puddle Of Mudd go? - (Gail C. – Chicago, IL)
It was, hands down, the coolest tour we've ever been on. We played to a sold out crowd just about every night, and the Puddle Of Mudd guys were really nice dudes who treated us with respect.
How did you partner with Puddle of Mudd for the tour? - (Victoria – Sun Valley, CA)
That was all Jonny Zazula (our USA manager) who put that one together! (nice work jz)
How did you come up with your band name? - (Jon B. – Studio City, CA)
We had gone through a really painful list of names that were either inappropriate or taken. so we started brainstorming about what we wanted to portray in a band name. so the idea of the brains going crazy when it hears music was ultimately what we were after.
How did the band come together? - (Kameron W. – Chapel Hill, NC)
I created the record first and then used it as a tool to shop for the best musicians I could find. Troy answered an ad in the local paper, Jacen was a longtime friend (and rival, we had both been in bands in Calgary, haha) and Shane was refered to us by producer Dave "Rave" Ogilvie
What was the first album you ever bought? - (Randy S. – New York, NY)
The first album I ever had, I stole from my sister, it was "Kiss Alive."
The first one I bought with my own money was "The Diary of a Madman" by Ozzy Osbourne
How long did it take to write and record "Drama Queen" and what did you learn from the experience? - (Mario M. – Los Angeles, CA)
I started writing it in mid to late 2004, and finished it in mid 2005. It wasnt until mid 2006 were able to get it mixed and move forward with it
What do you see for your band's future? - (Charlie W. – Los Angeles, CA)
Do you have any crazy stories about touring the road? - (Dan K. – Santa Barbara, CA)
The craziest story about my tour experiences are pretty lame. I dont drink or smoke, so I end up playing a lot of video games to pass the time. I am also a workaholic. So the mobil Pro-Tools rig kept me busy most of the year... of course there was that time in hamburg when one of the "other" guys went and bought a couple girls for an hour near the Reeperbaun... Very nice right? haha
Congratulations to our proud winner of Neurosinic's "Drama Queen," -
Jon B of Studio City, California.
Jason Darr of Neurosonic Answers Your Questions!
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