Collegiate-formed rock band NE-HI to perform at M Shop


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NE-HI will be at the Maintenance Shop on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The show starts at 8 P.M.

Thomas Shreve

Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Maintenance Shop will host indie-rock band NE-HI.

NE-HI is composed of four members, Alex Otake, James Weir, Jason Balla and Mikey Wells. The group met in college due to a mutual interest in music.

“Three of us met at college in Chicago. We were placed in the same dormitory building. We sort of sought each other out because we knew we wanted to make music,” Balla said.

Though not fully formed, the three continued to work on new music throughout their friendship. Then, in 2013 they officially formed NE-HI.

“Friendships emerged and a few years later we met up in the living room of my apartment and wrote our first songs,” Balla said.

In 2014 they released their first, self-titled album under Public House Sound Recording. Their primary inspirations were Townes Van Zandt, Wire and The Replacements. 

Since then, they have released various singles, including their most popular song, “Stay Young.”

Recently, their music can be described as as chill pop and indie-rock.

“NE-HI is an attempt at making down-to-earth pop music with guitars,” Balla said. “We have an appreciation for the anthemic songs of Springsteen on down to the most deconstructed grooves of Neu.”

The band is currently touring and working on new music. But if you ask them, they just want to have fun.

“What it all comes down to when we play and write music is the simple joy of creating sound and communicating that with others,” Balla said.

The show will be at 8 p.m. in the Maintenance Shop of the Memorial Union. Tickets are $7 per student and $10 for the public.