Heather O’Neill – “Nicotine and Neon”

Heather O’Neill is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who was born in Ireland and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She lived in 18 similarly contrasting environments before the age of 30, giving a unique perspective on the world that heavily informed her music. O’Neill began recording in 2004 and has since released two LPs and one EP, leading to her touring around the major cities of the world, gigging in LA, NYC, Seattle and London.  These releases and subsequent tours were rewarded with press, international podcasts and nods from hometown tastemakers like Radio One Chicago, drawing comparisons to Erykah Badu and Ani DiFranco. Her newest EP album, “Transmute”, has many themes and messages about the human experience. Heather says, “It’s about realizing that certain behavior no longer feeds you, but struggling with the innate attraction to those dark aspects along the journey… Like Mercurius from Roman mythology, I try to ‘enjoy my time equally with both the good and the wicked.” “Transmute” has been very well received by O’Neill’s large fan base and features the track “Nicotine and Neon”.


“Nicotine and Neon” begins with a force full drumbeat and perfectly simple chords; the instruments working together like a well-tightened machine. The mellow vocals are full of attitude and swagger, giving off a confident vibe while remaining cool and aloof. The chorus widens the sonic landscape into a larger sound and sparks the energy with a melodic hook full of momentum. The instrumental breaks have a gritty punk rock flavor mixed with pop-rock sensibilities and giant euphoric guitar peaks. The way Heather bends her lyrics around the beat and continuously changes it up is always interesting, building energy with classic soul and rock n’ roll style. This is a powerful upbeat track that provides both an optimistic feel good energy and rebellious confidence. You can listen to “Nicotine and Neon” and follow Heather O’Neill on the links below. Please continue to support artists like Heather and share this music with everyone you know.

Official Website – heather-oneill.com

Youtube – youtube.com/channel/UCkfLfSvDHAAUoyD6lgbZanA

Soundcloud – soundcloud.com/user-832685230

Categories: Pop - Rock, Punk, Rock, Soul

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