By Vasco Dega
Rap-pop duo Neon Dreams have just exploded onto the musical landscape with their single, House Party. Inspired by lead singer Frank Kadillac’s experiences of isolation, connection and growth whilst beginning to party during his teenage years, the song captures the balance between melancholia and euphoria, between youth and adulthood, with precision and ease.
“I want to be the soundtrack to the next generation,” Kadillac proclaims. “I’m not writing for a bunch of cool kids. I’m writing for the kid sitting in the hallway eating lunch; the kid that has the perfect family but just doesn’t fit into it; the people who feel out of place.”
He adds: “The song’s about wanting to feel accepted and yearning to be like the carefree people at the party. The person smiling over there – I never smile, I lost my smile – and I want to get back to that place. When I was a teenager I realised I needed to learn how to get myself to the place I wanted to be, because I felt way too insecure for what I wanted to become.”
There’s that sense of outsider-ness in the song. But as well as tackling some remarkably astute feelings of insecurity, Neon Dreams present this version of adolescence as a way to come together. It’s comradery which the listener is left with, a sense that whilst the world may be falling apart around us, we can still continue partying together through it all.
“Experiencing party culture for the first time, I wouldn’t really say anything and would just sit with my thoughts,” examines Kadillac. “But at house parties I’d meet these weird people like me, and we’d have these great conversations. I remember having this conversation with a girl about life, and we started joking about hangovers and how much we hate them. She said, ‘hangovers are just borrowing from the happiness of tomorrow, and that’s why the next day always sucks.’ These little things in life can change your perspective, and I have a lot of those. I’ll never forget that moment. House parties are where I started thinking bigger.”