-Interview- Neostem (8/31/20)

Neostem talks about what it's like during this pandemic as a band, upcoming plans and much more.


From: Pittsburgh, PA
Sounds like: Rock/Punk/Metal

1. What's new with the band?

2020 has certainly been a wild roller coaster ride and thrown a curve to Neostem, the music community and the whole country, actually. Right as the pandemic hit, we released "Return To Sender". All of our planning to release our new album was altered, cancelled or moved. We have played a handful of online performances during the downtime to feature songs from "Return To Sender", to keep playing. We've been rehearsing and writing songs for a new release for 2021. As we keep our fingers crossed to play a few shows that we've booked for the rest of the year, we are also concentrating on our next release. It will be the our most diverse collection of songs Neostem have released to date. We are excited to bring the new music to the stage, as well as songs from "Return To Sender".

2. What can you tell us about the new music?

It's diverse and daring, but it's Neostem. We strive to push ourselves and not to duplicate what we've done before, so the new music is exciting, a left curve, if you will, but you will know it's us. We are going to put a lot of ingredients in the stew and let it simmer. You'll be surprised, but pleased. We hope.

3. How has the pandemic changed the way you do things in regards to the music and band?

Besides not playing in front of a crowd or on a stage since March, we have not missed, but a couple of weeks of rehearsals. Other than that, we approach the band that when we are able to play a show, we will be more than ready to attack that stage. We want to be more visible on social media to get our music out there, so we continue to look for ways to be visible on those platforms.

4. What's one thing you wish you could change about the music industry, whether it's national or local?

That original Rock music gets a big push again. That album sales matter again, ticket sales and merchandise sales gets bands on the road again to survive.

5. What do you wish to accomplish in the next year?

We want to expand our areas where we play, to new people, new audiences. Record and release our next album of new music.