The Rock’n Roll band Alice Neel , named after the American artist Alice Neel (1900-84) was founded in 2008 by Stephen Niles, Will Williams and Dieter Runge, three painters, and included Maui’s Barndon Lund. The sound has been described as New York rock’n roll, where it originated since the principal singer and writer Dieter Runge lived there as part of the East Village scene of the late seventies and eighties. The band has played various gigs around town, and on Kauai and Maui, mostly at art-openings, yogarden and other festivals.
In 2010 Alice Neel contributed the punky surfsong Ala Moana Bowls to Sun Burnt a compilation of summer songs on penny FOR THE GUY RECORDS.
The band went through various line-ups including the Taylor twins from Saving Cadence and Kauai’s Donald Kelly. The band played gigs at art openings, private parties and closed the Paliku Arts festival since its inception. The current lineup is Matt Brittain, guit/voc, Spencer Lathrop, drums, Mark Scrufari, bass/voc, Dieter Osten, guit/voc.
Alice Neel plays mostly original songs, many from Dieter Osten’s New York days and writes and records new songs. The covers range from the Velvet Underground, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Roxy Music. T-Rex and Curtis Mayfield. Currently Alice Neel is recording two original new songs, Oahu Sweet and Rockets of Desire and a remake of David Bowie’s Helden, entirely in German with guest vocals by Lucie Lynch.
New York meets the Islands in a funky R&B underground and a swampy groove.
You tube: For the funk check: Alice Neel – Can’t Fool the Music, for New York: Alice Neel – Waiting for my Man, Alice Neel – What goes On A spirited Fixie Love at the annual Anaohala Taro Patch Jam, and for the swampy groove check Alice Neel – Mystik Mood, especially the one chord jam after after min 2:15.