Neila Invo | Darkwave / Italy
Neila Invo is an Italian Darkwave band formed by Elettra Seguro (vocals and lyrics ), Claudia Nottebella (Keyboards and programming), and Valeria Formisano (bass). The name is inspired by science fiction imagery and it’s based on the combination of two words in reverse. Their sound is a mixture of cold synths, an energic and deep bass with a sidereal voice.
The band was formed in 2019 from an idea of Elettra and Valeria when they tried to put in music their visions and their oniric imagery came from an altered state of consciousness.
A year later Claudia (Keyboards, already active in the well -know band Ash Code) joins the band. From this moment the more minimal experiments are being improved and their current sound – a mix of cold synths, a deep bass, and a sidereal voice – starts to form.
Alienation, the first album of the band Neila Invo, is made of 9 tracks based on different moods. The title is linked to the name of the band, alien ovni in reverse, and in addition Alienation is a concept in which the musicians consider to be proper dwelling on nowadays. Thinking about the dark times in which we live, among pandemics, wars, and standardization of the self, our identities and authenticity are strained, so alienation is a spiritual condition that has to be analyzed. The need of renewed contact with our deepest self is pressing and deserves attention because the state of Alienation in which we are is exhausting, it threatens to become the normality. We must keep an eye on introspection, the expressive need is the only way that we have to withstand this state of things. The lyrics, indeed, are a taste of the personal experiences of Elettra, who tells us something of her inner world, especially the dreamlike dimension. The title track Alienation, along with Murder’s Prayer and Serpent in the Thigh ,draw inspiration from the same dream. I’m falling is about a period lived in the past, and Chills describes a nostalgic feeling of childhood recalled in adulthood. Through the voice, she has tried to communicate and accentuate the sensations given in every word and concept included in these songs.
All songs are placed in a scenario that we can define as a mix between darkwave and electro with episodes mid-tempo and dancefloor hits.
They go from the 80s seminal bands like The Cure, Bauhaus, etc to the contemporary darkwave bands of our time.
For Claudia bands like The Cure, Bauhaus, Dead Can Dance, Tears For Fears are essentials, as well as Vr Sex, Tropic of Cancer, Still Corners and Tamaryn.
Elettra’s taste range from Vangelis, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Einstűrzende Neubauten, The Birthday Party, Echo and the Bunnyman, to Smashing Pumpkins, Soft Moon, Boy Harsher, Choir Boy.
For Valeria bands like The Cure, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Killing Joke, Décima Victima,
Southern Death Cult, Theatre of Hate, Siglo XX, and Xmal Deutschland are unavoidable, along with bands from the Japanese Post-punk, Goth, and Deathrock scene of the 80s until now