Neuro is a Manhattan project, the nuclear brainchild of its songwriter/vocalist, Jesse Short.
Before Neuro, Jesse was known for his antics in NYC cover bands, most notoriously Glamasaurus Rex ("G.Rex"), a glam-rock tribute. G. Rex inspired Jesse's alter-ego, "Wiggy Moondust".
Live, Neuro did not extend beyond NYC due to a constantly changing line-up. The Bat-Cave under the Downtime building was Neuro's favorite venue, having opened for the intense goth group "Tapping The Vein".
Neuro's core includes Keith Hafer, key-member of the live-Neuro incarnation. He's also Neuro's co-writer, pianist, and co-producer.
NEURO's music is theatrical (aspiring to a "Queen meets Kurt Weil" sound), intellectually philosophic (Rush, Pink Floyd, Muse), and progressively epic, accented by neurotic, sci-fi-fairytale trips, barking politically-charged statements veiled in apocalyptic metaphors.
"MIND ALTAR" is mentally challenging music, given its left of center approach and chaotic twists. It's a brand of heavy art-rock, blending "goth" angst with a prog rock flair.
Rock critic Justin Kreitzer aptly sums up the band's approach and sound: "they create a unique blend of cosmic goth-rock and Pink Floyd-esque psych-rock freakouts with glammy Bowie-like theatrics along with thought-provoking and mind-altering lyrical themes for a genre-defiant sound that is truly all their own...it will certainly appeal to those fans on the far out fringes of the rock spectrum that are looking for something slightly shocking, a little creepy and wildly theatrical to place alongside the Marilyn Manson, Bauhaus and David Bowie albums in their collection".
Music + Lyrics + Imagery = Clues to the album's theme(s). These themes are equally specific & ambiguous, begging the listener to draw personal meanings, and to connect Mind Altar's dots in the album's matrix purview.
Rock critic Michael Korn: "Neuro is a band with a lot on its mind. That’s not just a clever play on words, that’s a fact. These guys are delving into a whole lot of challenging subjects on Mind Altar, including esoteric mysticism, the Tarot, social commentary, religion, games of chance and the paranormal. The visual presentation focuses on the human mind and the layout of this CD is outstanding."