Austin360 Artist of the Month Megafauna plays Solstice Fest this weekend

The tension between front woman Dani Neff’s airy vocals and her vicious guitar licks spin magic for Megafauna, Austin360’s June Artist of the Month.  

“I just happen to have a soft voice and I happen to want to play gnarly guitar,” Neff said when we talked to her shortly after the band returned from a tour of the Western U.S. last year. But even without the electric shredding, the band has a mystical appeal, as evidenced by this acoustic take on “It’s So Simple” they played last month in the Austin360 studio.

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The track is the least aggressive on Megafauna’s new album “Welcome Home” by a long shot.

It’s a song about heartbreak. I almost thought it had to be a solo project or something because it’s so different,” Neff said.

Her band convinced her it needed to be on the album. To make it work live, Megafauna normally programs the track as a quiet interlude between two very hard-driving tracks. Crowds might be a bit confused, but they respond to the dramatic dynamic shifts. 

“I think people do like the contrast between the heavy and the soft,” Neff said. 

You can catch Megafauna live, alongside an excellent lineup of Austin artists at Saturday’s Solstice Festival in Pan Am Park.

Propelled by the magnetism of front woman Dani Neff, psych metal/prog rock outfit Megafauna is on the rise. Left to right, Will Krause, Dani Neff, Zack Humphrey, Winston Barrett Kelly West/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Propelled by the magnetism of front woman Dani Neff, psych metal/prog rock outfit Megafauna is on the rise.
Left to right, Will Krause, Dani Neff, Zack Humphrey, Winston Barrett
Kelly West/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

 


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