Nelson electro-pop duo drops new EP

Singer songwriter Keeli Ferris and award-winning producer Ryan Beehre, known from the electronic band Minuit, released their first EP Paradise together last month. Photo: supplied.

Erin Bradnock

Electro-pop duo Neon Cowboys are gearing up for their first EP release party next August at East Street.

Singer songwriter Keeli Ferris and award-winning producer Ryan Beehre, known from the electronic band Minuit, released their first EP Paradise together last month.

Keeli says most of the EP’s songwriting took place during lockdown last year.

“I think it’s got a bit of heartache, it’s a bit melancholy. I write about real-life experiences - friendships, relationships. It’s like a diary but with music,” she says.

The duo has also released a music video for their leading song Lonely Night, detailing a lockdown breakup and subsequent heartache.

“It was the best experience, we shot it at Ryan’s place. I’d never done something like that before,” she says.

Keeli says she's been singing and writing songs since her Garin College days at a time where the school was producing other talented musicians.

“Brood’s lead singer was in the year above me and Anna Robinson was the year below. I think I felt quite intimidated at the time.”

Keeli took a break from music in the years following high school when she moved to Melbourne, but her love of music wasn’t easy for her to shake off.

“When I was in Melbourne, I wasn’t living the life I was supposed to, I wasn’t doing the things that made me happy. I felt like I was missing a big part of my identity,” she says.

Keeli found music again once she moved back home and began producing music with Ryan.

“We found we got along really well and merged everything together. We had our debut gig on New Year’s Eve at the Church Steps which kicked it all off,” she says.

The name Neon Cowboys is the result of a compromise between bandmate suggestions “Funky Cowboys” from Keeli and “Neon Junkies” from Ryan.

The duo has an upcoming gig at East Street next month on August 28 as part of their Funked UP events where Ryan often performs.

To hear more from the up-and-coming duo, their debut EP and to watch their music video, visit their Facebook page Neon Cowboys.