AA Indie Song of the Day – Neon Dreams – “Sick of Feeling Useless”
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The Indie Song of the Day comes from Halifax alt-pop duo Neon Dreams.
The Indie Song of the Day comes from Halifax alt-pop duo Neon Dreams. They just dropped a new single called “Sick of Feeling Useless,” the follow-up to a single they released earlier in the year called “Turn Back Now.”
“Before every session, we try to talk about how we’re feeling,” says vocalist Frank Kadillac. “At this point, before the song was made, we were discussing with our good friend and collaborator Nathaniel Motte from the band 3OH3! about how it’s easy to feel helpless…like nothing we do matters that much. Then Nat said ‘ya know…I think everyone is just sick of feeling useless.’ It hit so hard with me because I felt that way my whole life growing up, I felt useless until I broke out of my shell…if my fans are different versions of me this is the biggest thing that connects us on this island of misfit toys. People that feel like they don’t matter in this world and are constantly searching for a place to belong, a place that makes them feel like a kid again.”
The official video for “Sick of Feeling Useless” garnered over 350k streams on YouTube and made its mark on Reddit, becoming the #1 HOT and upvoted video on r/TopTalent with nearly 15,000 upvotes. The visual is a creative combination of 2,474 images, forming a stop motion visual that sees Kadillac and drummer Adrian Morris performing their new release. Praise has been given for its 90’s/2000’s MTV/TRL era aesthetics but also love for the song’s nostalgic tones in a modern production.
After writing from a place of sadness for so long, Frank Kadillac felt moved to invoke positivity with his music. Though he and drummer Adrian Morris had already garnered a gold single in “Marching Bands,” accumulated tens of millions of streams, and won numerous Canadian awards the singer-songwriter wanted to reinvent their sound. He promptly deleted a full album’s worth of songs and started Neon Dreams anew.
In 2019, the duo released Sweet Dream till Sunbeams—an album comprising nine uplifting songs about not fitting in and overcoming adversity—and have continued to drop new material this year, covering subjects from Kadillac’s painful youth to his mother beating cancer.