Since 1998, Neon Swing X-perience (NSX) has been dedicated to preserving classic Americana through modernizing music rooted in jumpin' swing rhythms.
"Here To Stay", recorded as NSX's Tenth Anniversary album, represents the band's most swingin' recording. "Here To Stay" not only showcases the songs that have meant the most to the band throughout its journey - it also highlights songs that are essential to the entire swing genre.
By mixing rockabilly, blues, and jazz with its big band roots, NSX revives classic songs made famous by Glenn Miller, Louis Prima, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin, and others while not compromising the band's commitment to progressing the swing genre through its own unique original compositions.
Critics have praised NSX for being "the only band bold enough to jump, jive, and rock" and preserving "swing with sting". The group has performed and sold-out several notable venues on both coasts including The Derby (Hollywood), Central Park (NYC), PNC Park (Pittsburgh), Dogfish Head Brewery (DE), and the Hard Rock Cafe (Pittsburgh) among many others.
Greasers, hipsters, jazz cats, and dancers who have seen the band during their outrageously fun tours now understand how the band is able to send audiences back to a time when zoot suits were sharp, martinis were strong, and romance was sparked on the dance floor through NSX's sound which can only be recreated by following these steps:
Step 1. Grab a Glenn Miller record.
Step 2. Pick up the tempo.
Step 3. Add the heart and soul of a rockabilly band.
Step 4. Give Louis Armstrong a couple of cigars and martinis before sending him on-stage.
Step 5. Turn up the horns.
Step 6. Mix in various types of "Americana" music.
Step 7. Serve HOT!
Blue Suede News says this about "Here To Stay":
"Neon Swing X-Perience has been playing a powerful mix of modern Swing for the last 10 years in and around Pennsylvania. Founder and singer Mike Urick (also on trumpet) contributed four of the ten songs. Reworks of classics include "In The Mood" (like Glenn Miller's arrangement), "Jump, Jive & Wail (more like the Brian Setzer version than Louis Prima's original) and Cab Calloway's cool "Minnie The Moocher", among others. Their own "Tragically Uncool" starts off the self released album with a powerful groove and lines you haven't heard before like "A Subaru is my favorite car". The following "Man With The Hex" is a rockin' Swing that combines the power of Gospel style shouting with the voodoo of Screamin' Jay Hawkins. The septet reminds me of bands like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Fans of modern Swing music will enjoy Neon Swing X-Perience. -GMB"
Another recent review of "Here To Stay" in the Pittsburgh City Paper states: "...the band's execution is spot-on. Urick is a plenty capable vocalist, exhibiting a growl evocative of, but a bit smoother than, icons like Louis Prima..."
In the January 2009 issue of Pittsburgh Magazine, Gordon Spencer said this about Neon Swing X-perience's "Here To Stay":
"This seven-guy group has been glowing with bluesy, deliberately retro stuff for nigh on 10 years, and the latest thing is the group's sixth CD, Here To Stay. Bouncing, honking, thumping, jumping, Neon Swing X-perience jitters the new-found bug in six oldies-but-goodies along with four similar sounding songs written by the band.
Sometimes supplemented by five other musicians, the band goes in for vocals with five singers variably up front, blending like fraternal descendants of the Andrews Sisters. Often you'll hear the gritty lead vocals of founding member and nominal leader Mike Urick of Monroeville. A couple of trumpets, an array of saxophones, guitars, basses, and a piano pop are in there too.
Among the familiar songs: Glenn Miller's 1939 hit "In the Mood"; Louis Prima's "Jump, Jive, & Wail"; and from the Satchmo regular book there's "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?" The above are evidently regular audience favorites according to Urick, who's also among the contributors, in terms of original writing, as is Mount Washington's John Rokosz. You can find this happy sound all over the Web site maps, as well as in actual bookstores. More info at neonswing.net."