Neon Dreams live new dream
The band talks about moving on after leaving Hedley’s national tour this winter
are back with a vengeance in my left hip and femur bone.” Ali says her oncologist told her she has a year to live, “with or without the new chemotherapy regimen.”
She writes she used to dream of owning her own restaurant. Now she has a growing list of restaurants to visit and is “sketching a plan” to eat her way through New York.
Ali says “every day is an opportunity for me to experience something new.” HALIFAX—It’s been an emotional year, but for Neon Dreams everything falls into place when you “use love as a compass.”
The Halifax pop group performs at the Marquee Ballroom this Friday, their first big hometown show since they pulled out of Hedley’s national tour this winter. Allegations were first emerging at that time that frontman Jacob Hoggard had committed sexual misconduct with young fans.
For Neon Dreams — consisting of frontman and singer Frank Kadillac, drummer Adrian Morris and Matt Gats on guitar — getting a slot on that tour and playing big stadiums was a huge break, but the decision to walk away was a simple one.
“That tour was like a dream tour for us, but at the time we realized it wasn’t about us anymore. The situation was about the victims’ voices coming out and having a platform to speak on,” Morris said Wednesday in Warner Music Canada’s Halifax office above the Brewery Farmers’ Market.
The same day and a couple provinces over in Toronto, Hoggard’s case involving three sex-related charges was set over until November.
Gats said they packed up and drove thousands of kilometres home to Halifax from NEW YORK—A U.S. federal judge has given the creator of the highly publicized, failed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas a sixyear prison term. Billy McFarland was sentenced Thursday in Manhattan federal court. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald called him a “serial fraudster.”
He admitted defrauding investors of $26 million (all fig- Halifax group Neon Dreams’ Frank Kadillac, left, Adrian Morris and Matt Gats. The trio walked away from their big break of touring with Hedley after frontman Jacob Hoggard was accused of sexual misconduct.
their stop in Moose Jaw, Sask.
While Kadillac joked that one of the trickiest parts of leaving was getting their gear back, Morris explained that in a situation like that you have to set aside any business concerns and go with what you feel is right.
The group said that while they didn’t know Hoggard well and weren’t personally shaken by the allegations and eventual charges, it was an emotional roller-coaster to see news coverage in Nova Scotia and across Canada covering their decision to leave the tour.
They have since joined different
ures U.S.) in the 2017 music festival and over $100,000 in a fraudulent ticket-selling scheme after his arrest in the festival scam.
The festival, with entry fees between $4,000 to $12,000, lured revellers with a glitzy social-media campaign featuring models, including Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid. The reality of the festival was anything but glamorous, as guests arrived to a chaotic scene including an unfinished campsite, and numerous high-profile performers dropped out.
fundraisers and were the force behind Toronto’s recent Raise Your Voice concert in September that benefited programs such as Youth Rising Above (YRA) and the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape.
Morris said it’s important for them to be involved in such events because the conversation is everywhere right now, with the #MeToo movement and Brett Kavanaugh hearings.
“We all agree with all those stances of feminism; obviously sexual assault is not OK,” Morris said.
Their new EP, slated to come out in January, is an evolution of their sound (from Pikachu to Raichu, to use Morris’s Pokémon reference), which began in rock and veered into electronic and pop before adding in R&B and other sounds to land in a unique space.
Kadillac and Morris said the tracks — they’re looking to edit about 100 down to six or eight — are all emotional with more of a storytelling aspect and tap into experiences in their lives they hope everyone can relate to.
Promoter of failed Fyre Festival gets six years in prison