It's beyond fitting that Neva Dinova has found a new home at Saddle Creek. 'You May Already Be Dreaming', the band's third full-length and first since 2005's The Hate Yourself Change (Crank/Sidecho) is a lush, largely electric affair rich with the rural textures that pepper releases from the band's Omaha contemporaries.
Having been a staple in the scene since guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Jake Bellows and bassist Heath Koontz began collaborating in the early nineties, Neva Dinova (named after Bellows' grandmother) have continually evolved their melancholic sound, making masterful use of counterbalanced melodies and poetic lyricism. Bellows began composing songs for You May Already Be Dreaming two years ago, but he and the band (including Good Life drummer Roger Lewis) were fated to overcome a number of obstacles before the recording process would even begin. First, Bellows realized that he wanted to re-work a number of song ideas on his ownfollowing that arduous but exciting process, the band experienced a flood that destroyed portions of their equipment. If that wasn't enough, Bellows unfortunately found himself in a self-described "barroom tussle" that resulted in the complete and tragic blowout of his left eardrum. Fortunately, he and his ear recovered fully, and Neva Dinova was able to resume recording.
From the spacious guitar washes of "A Man and His Dream" to the sweeping, dusty strength of "Clouds", this is the band's most fluid and realized effort to date. You May Already Be Dreaming was self-recorded in the corner of a friend's warehouse space in Omaha, NE, and later mixed with the help of Ian Aiello at Presto!, Mike Mogis' recording studio, in the fall of 2007.
Neva Dinova is a indie band from Omaha, Nebraska, led by Jake Bellow.
Originally a basement-dwelling partnership between band founders Jake Bellows (vocals/guitar) and Heath Koontz (bass/vocals), the two eventually became bored with their isolated state and recruited three others to help them move their sound from the basement to the stage. After several incarnations, Neva Dinova finally found a solid line-up with Tim Haes (guitar), Mike Kratky (guitar) and Bo Anderson (drums) and began playing shows around Omaha.
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Neva Dinova is an indie band from Omaha, Nebraska. Neva Dinova is named after the grandmother of lead singer Jake Bellows. They have been on crank! a record company (though their second release was licensed to Sidecho Records), and have recorded a split-release with Bright Eyes entitled "One Jug Of Wine, Two Vessels" that was also released on crank! a record company. In April 2008, Neva Dinova released their first album from Saddle Creek Records entitled, "You May Already Be Dreaming". Drummer Roger Lewis is also the drummer for fellow Saddle Creek band, The Good Life. Jake Bellows remained a key associate with Bright Eyes in 2006 and 2007 and contributed to the album Cassadaga.
Saddle Creek records is planning to re-release Neva Dinova's earlier albums.
Neva Dinova's music is a mix of folk, psychedelia, rock, acoustic, and country, but their sound is difficult to classify. They are known for having small but intimate live shows.
In a 2007 interview, Conor Oberst revealed that his favorite album to record was One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels with Neva Dinova, and proceeded to talk about them.