NEON BLOOM – “ONE LAST TIME”
Original Article: https://spillmagazine.com/spill-video-premiere-neon-bloom-one-last-time/
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Toronto-based synth-pop quartet, Neon Bloom, is back with “One Last Time”, a playful garage-rock-inspired tune about a woman longing for someone to whom she has a purely physical attraction.
Anchored by a catchy, fuzzed-out guitar riff, driving bass line, thrashing drumbeat, and bratty, swaggering vocals, the song is about letting go and giving into something that Just. Feels. Good.
Recorded to tape to retain the track’s gritty, urgent undercurrent, Neon Bloom sonically channels all the weight and force of the last few years of unrest and transforms it into a hedonistic feel-good anthem, urging listeners to get out of their minds, into their bodies, and just have some fun again.
Fronted by lead vocalist Jen Simpson and rounded out by bassist Fred Yurichuk, guitarist-keyboardist Simon Chow, and drummer Chris Romano, the synth-pop quartet evokes Parallel Lines-era Blondie with a daring, distinct modern edge.
The music video for “One Last Time” portrays the story leading up to Neon Bloom’s Spy Thriller video for their single, “It’s A Crime”, released in early 2020.
The fast-paced music video, inspired by the likes of Guy Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino (“Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels” meets “Kill Bill”) lends additional urgency to the track. Filmed on the streets of Japan during a recent tour, the clip sees the group engage in a thrilling, high-stakes game of cat and mouse throughout Tokyo’s streets and subway system.
This isn’t the first time Neon Bloom has found inspiration in international locales. The band has leveraged previous international tours to shoot videos in Prague and Taiwan.
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“We had a blast shooting the video for One Last Time”, says lead vocalist Jen Simpson. “We spent a few days in between shows shooting around Tokyo with our friend and cinematographer Alex Broughton. Since it was a spy-themed video, we had a lot of fighting and chase scenes, which definitely caused some commotion; running along subway platforms and through crowded trains, fighting in the streets and alleyways, and jumping over fences. At one point, we were asked to leave an area near a shrine, and then again in a crowded bar area. They followed us until they were sure we had left, but we managed to sneak back in the next night to get one more quick shot.”