Mike and the Moonpies released new single “You Look Good in Neon” on June 7th and was this week’s *HIGHEST DEBUT* on our Texas Music Spotify Chart.
Explosive for their reinvented honky tonk sound, Mike and the Moonpies have set a new standard for good Country tunes. “You Look Good in Neon” begins with a simple backbeat and twin part between a longing steel guitar and a filling electric. It sets the mood immediately for a slow two-step in a smoky bar.
Opening lyrics “I’ve been sitting here drinkin’. My standards are sinkin’ again” embody the soul of the song. Mike and the Moonpies play that perfect tune about potentially falling in love with someone you’ll never see again in a hole-in-the-wall bar, an experience that happens more often than not.
Within the instrumental parts, the feelings of loneliness and momentary relief are apparent. As stated in the beginning, the twin parts between the steel guitar and electric tell their own story. The steel plays solemn long notes while the electric responds lightly in the silence between steel slides. This mirrors the lyrics between what seems to be a wanting man and a woman who happens to have all the right responses.
Another instrumental part to note is the string selection halfway through the tune. In “You Look Good in Neon,” the violin, viola, cello, and bass work together at about time marker 2:13. The selection adds an essence of ballroom ’80s tracks you might’ve just missed if you weren’t paying attention.
Frontman Mike Harmeier’s vocals stay relaxed and smooth throughout “You Look Good in Neon.” His tone is silky and effortless with little dramatic inflection. His control in the chorus through words like “wrong” and “neon” have the notes lightly floating instead of abruptly ending.
“You Look Good in Neon” can be found on iTunes and Spotify. You can also stream it from our TMP Spotify Playlist.
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