An electro-pop act which based its hugely hyped concept album on the life of playboy engineer John DeLorean is headed to the city where the ill-fated car was manufactured.
Neon Neon, the collective name for LA producer Boom Bip and Gruff Rhys, frontman of Welsh rockers Super Furry Animals, will play the Stiff Kitten nightclub in Belfast on Wednesday, November 5.
Their album, Stainless Style, inspired by DeLorean’s hedonistic lifestyle, was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize.
The album harnesses 80s synths and chiming soft rock guitars. Stainless Style features a number of artists, including The Magic Numbers, Yo Majesty and Fabrizio Moretti from The Strokes.
Neon Neon never intended to make a concept album but Gruff Rhys stumbled upon a book about cars and decided to find out more about the man when he spotted the famous DMC-12, DeLorean’s creation.
“I started looking into his life and the more I found out, the more inspirational he became. He was like something out of Greek mythology,” he said.
DeLorean was born in Detroit and his background was steeped in the car industry. He worked his way up the corporate ladder and led a showbiz lifestyle. He quit his job with a bold plan to make a sports car from stainless steel.
DeLorean sweet-talked the British Government into funding his plan and set up a car manufacturing plant at Dunmurry, on the outskirts of Belfast.
However, the project was doomed. Lack of demand and cost overruns were the end of the DeLorean.
On the day his company collapsed, DeLorean was arrested for cocaine trafficking, having been caught on camera. He was later acquitted on the grounds of entrapment. He died in 2005.
The DeLorean car achieved worldwide fame after it was used in the Michael J Fox trilogy Back To the Future. Up to 6,000 of the cult cars are still on the road.
Tickets to see Neon Neon, with Yo Majesty, are £15 and available from Stiff Kitten, Zavvi and Ticketmaster outlets.