Neon Hitch: Review
Hard to believe that British singer and songwriter Neon Hitch was once soaring through the tent of a circus instead of on top of the Billboard charts. Hitch’s early childhood was rather unconventional, consisting of a house that burned down, a caravan for a replacement home, an unstable source of family income, and, of course, taking on the name “Neon.” Most people will recognize the pop star from her earlier work opening for 50 Cent on tour and co-writing Ke$ha’s “Blah, Blah, Blah” and 30H!3’s “Follow Me Down.” But what people don’t know about Neon Hitch is that she is not new to the life of the performing arts. Hitch joined the Archaos Circus when she was a toddler, and remained a circus performer until her music career took off…
Once she reached her early twenties, it was evident that Hitch wanted to focus on a different set of skills. It was time to trade in the stilts and flying trapeze acts for song lyrics and demo recordings. Just like her childhood, Hitch’s music career got off to a bit of a rocky start. Mike Skinner and Ted Mayhem’s record label, The Beats, closed down shortly after Hitch signed with them. She might have been homeless and jobless at this point, but hey, at least there was always time for MySpace.
Aside from her flaming red hair and alternative background, Neon Hitch has a uniqueness that defines her. Her vocal talent stood out for songwriter Victor Alexander, who discovered the artist from her MySpace profile. He worked with Hitch to manifest her talents and eventually sign a publishing deal with EMI and a record deal with Warner Bros. Records.
Hitch has quickly been making her way up the ladder as she released a series of covers by other musicians and was featured in the hit song “Ass Back Home” with the Gym Class Heroes. With her latest single “Fuck U Betta” reaching No. 1 in Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart, it is clear that Neon Hitch has left the clowns and elephants in the past. Her fiery attitude and spunk is absolutely compelling on the stage. Hitch’s debut album, Beg, Borrow, and Steal, is due to be released in the summer of 2012, and if “Fuck U Betta” is a preview of what is to come, then the world should be expecting big things from this previous circus performer.