The band began life as a recording project for Liam Hesslewood. Following a turbulent 2012, there was an outpouring of creativity that resulted in an albums worth of material.A varied selection of melody driven metal songs and softer ballads, with massive potential. All that was needed was a band to develop and play the songs. Upon recruiting Calum Stansfield, Craig Rankin and Danny Cameron over the space of 3-4 months, a massive overhaul of the demo’s recorded and musical style began.
This led to a heavier, groovier overall sound with huge choruses, dark ambient passages and a vocal style, which can soothe you or spit in your face. Neshiima hit the local live scene in October 2013 as the main support for Skyharbor (Basick Records). This show was incredibly successful and would be a platform to help showcase the band in the early stages. Jump forward to April 2014 and massive steps forward have been taken. The band released our debut EP ‘Distance’. Featuring the singles ‘Rebuild’ and ‘Madness’ and was released with a full merchandise range.
At this point we had gathered a small but loyal following in Glasgow that is ever growing. Neshiima had now shared the stage with various worldwide artists such as DJ Lethal (ex-Limp Bizkit), Uneven Structure and Hacride. The rest of 2014 consisted of playing as many shows up and down the UK as possible to build our fanbase.
Andrew Macdonald joined in February 2015 to relieve Liam of his guitar duties. This enabled us to fully realise the potential of new songs being written for our next release.
We have shared the stage with a variety of new and well-known UK artists like Empress AD, Mountains Under Oceans, AlteredSky, Halo Tora, Huxtable, DIVIDES, Akord, From Sorrow To Serenity, Nexilva, Malefice, Exist Immortal, Centrillia….
Current and Future plans –
Neshiima are a Glasgow based band, although Liam and Calum travel from further north (Crieff/Perth) to rehearse. Our intentions for the next release is to take Neshiima to the next level; full UK tours, festival appearances and music media presence.
Our newest release, “Beware of Gifts” became available from Friday 28th August 2015. This release is a concept EP based on a story from Japanese mythology. The EP is also accompanied by a comic to tell the story visually.
After that? World domination, of course.
The band released a two track demo, featuring “Rebuild” and a demo version of “AFG” in September 2013. These tracks were available for download for free from our Bandcamp page. This led to “Rebuild” being featured on an Underground Music Coalition compilation in February 2014.
Our 6 track debut EP ‘Distance’ was released on 1/5/2014, with release on both physical CD and relevant music providers (iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Bandcamp).
The lead video/song, “Madness” was unveiled on Youtube and Soundcloud on the 31st March 2014 and to date has received over 3k+ views.
“Distance” EP cover and sleeve artwork
In December 2014, Neshiima released the free downloadable single for ‘Above The Storm’ with an accompanying music video on the bands YouTube page. This song will be featured on the next release and was release with a “Pay what you like” feature to help assist with the funding of the next release when friends and fans wished to pay for the track.