2016 once again proved to be a fruitful year in the journey of the second iteration of NEIN! From a new album to triumphant performances, the band basked in the glow of a glorious year and look forward to capitalizing on this and moving onto bigger and better things.
One item to note is that since the band reunited in January of 2015, this version of the band, affectionately dubbed “NEIN 2.0” has been together twice as long as the original incarnation from 1985! Here’s to many more fruitful years from everyone’s favorite aging punkers, NEIN!
June 2016 – The Debut Album is Released!
In May, NEIN entered the Grey Brick Recording Studio, under the helm of engineer Peter Duff, and laid down tracks for seven original songs. Coupled with the single “(I Wanna Incite A) Riot” recorded in November of 2015 (also at Grey Brick), a full-length album titled “N2.0” (short for NEIN 2.0, a moniker coined by drummer CHRIS CRIM!), was released in July to rave reviews. N2.0 was NEIN’s first full-length album and also the first material released by NEIN since the 1985 single “Upside Down” b/w “Who Breaks a Wheel on a Butterfly”.
San Diego County Fair
In June, NEIN once again played the San Diego County Fair to an appreciative crowd. The gig preceded the release of N2.0 so the band was able to give the crowd a preview of the forthcoming album.
N2.0 Release Party at Winston’s
In August, NEIN had a rip-roaring CD release party held at Winston’s Beach Club in Ocean Beach CA. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the high-energy sets which (naturally) included selections from the album and also the single from 1985. The band also debuted their special “WhiteOut” uniforms including the new NEIN N2.0 t-shirts (which are available on request).
NEIN on TV!
In May and November, NEIN entered Time Warner Studios to tape an episode of the local San Diego Music Showcase “VV and Yourself Presents”. It was a great experience, the episode is currently in production and we will announce (with trumpets and cornets singing!) as soon as it’s available on the air and YouTube.
NEIN on the Radio!
Selections from N2.0 were broadcast on the Internet Podcast “Listen Local San Diego”, a weekly radio program hosted by local artist Cathryn Beeks.
8/11/16: John Bonham Rules (forward to 1:28:15)
9/29/16: Is Anyone Wandering Around to Make it Rain? (forward to 34:17)
12/1/16: (I Wanna Incite a) Riot (forward to 13:05)
Christian Charities Tour
This year, NEIN had two dates on the Christian Charities Tour:
Holy Family Festival
On October 1, NEIN played at the Holy Family Festival to an appreciative crowd of fans, old and new. Also on the bill were the local band (and our friends) A New High.
On December 2, NEIN played at Balboa Park’s December Nights. A video of the performance is currently in production, shot and edited by Alex Famous and will be available for viewing here once it is released.
The band would like to thank everyone who came out to the shows, bought the CDs and t-shirts, those of you who took the time to listen to them online, and everyone who follows us here or on our Facebook page. We couldn’t do this without your love and support, we are grateful to everyone and here’s to a great 2017 from the guys in NEIN!