Influenced by a notion of natures, colorful sounds throughout time, the fiercely beautiful, and ambiguously poetic words and noise, Race to Neptune radiate powerfully delicate dynamics with evocative vocal melodies.
They have garnered 25+ national and international reviews of their debut record (all positive!!) and have a variety of their songs in radio rotation in North America and Europe. RtN has played classic venues in Fort Collins such as the Artery and Aggie Theater and have developed a little following after playing many shows in Denver at Herman’s Hideaway, Larimer Lounge, Lost Lake and the Bluebird District Music Festival. A new E.P. will be arriving in the near future!
Their debut album Oh Contraire “teems with lush guitar-wall effects, tasteful melodies, and head bobbing beats. The song topics are unrelated and “revolve around longing, fear, anger and disgust.” – qoutes from Jesse, Bolder Beat album review.
Race to Neptune is sincerely enigmatic in their delivery and song descriptions vary from “electric wanderlust”, “dreamy nostalgia”, and “rollicking stomp”. The inspiration behind their music travels from “90’s alternative to mid 60’s psychedelia. It is an admirable characteristic of the modern artist to exude confidently such ambidexterity while holding concurrently the roots of an original and underlying sound, and this is captured greatly throughout Oh Contraire.” – quotes from Scene Magazine album review
Armed with radio play, positive album reviews, interviews, and many shows under their belt, Race to Neptune will continue to make waves in the Colorado music scene and beyond. “I can’t wait to hear more from this band. This album has to be one of my top 10 favorites.” – Apple music review. Be sure to catch a show if you can because they are as loud and rocking as they are fun and impressive.
So, No wonder that IndiePulse Music wanted to interview them, but like a multi-Headed Alien Beast, we have the many voices of Race to Neptune, A.K.A Pete, Joe, Zach and ZULE… Upps, I mean Doug…
IPM: Who or what inspired you to become a musician, what is your musical background?
Pete: I always had toy instruments growing up and started learning piano before ten. I wanted to play different music so I got a guitar and taught myself using tablature.
Joe: Middle school band class and metal on the radio inspired me growing up.
Zach: It musta been Metallica when I was a kid. I’m a prog guy these days
Doug: I was inspired to play guitar after getting into heavier music, and especially inspired by my neighbor and his BC Rich Warlock, I picked it up and he let me borrow his acoustic so I could start practicing. The rest is history.
IPM: Do you have a favorite song you like to play live?
Pete: Thunder. I get a few really cool lead parts and the song just doesn’t let up from start to finish. Faces have been melted before.
Joe: Symphony #1 is fun.
Zach: Either Danger or Ash I’d say.
Doug: I love playing Symphony #1 live.
IPM: What one CD should everyone have in their collection?
Pete: Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
Joe: One of the Led Zeppelin albums.
Zach: Epicenter’s Subversion or BTBAM’s Colors
Doug: Rust in Piece – Megadeth
IPM: Are there any new and upcoming bands that you are into?
Pete: Epicenter, An Unction in Braille, Black Absence, Ice Giant.
Joe: An Unction in Braille and Black Absence.
Zach: Lots. She Walks Without Legs, Ice Giant, Graviton, Black Absence, Myth of I…. The list goes on and on
Doug: Obtusum, Sonic Pulse, Screams of Hockomock, Alions ect ect
IPM: What does the next year hold for you and your band?
Pete: Recording in the fall, playing shows in winter, spring, tour again next summer. Lots of shows and a record out probably next year if not sooner.
Joe: We record our first album and we have a bunch of shows.
Zach: Studio time. Lots of gigs, and who knows what else?
Doug: Scattered shows with lots of shenanigans, album release and whatever else we can throw your way!
IPM: Would there be any one band or musician that would surprise us that you are listening to them?
Pete: Phutureprimative is some of the chillest electronic music I’ve ever heard.