Make life pop!

Kris n. releases The Thankful Parade

 By Leo DeLuca

 Photo: Kris n. will release The Thankful Parade at Canal Street Tavern on Nov. 1; photo: Nikki Stargel

Dayton pop band Kris n. will release their new album The Thankful Parade Friday, Nov. 1 at Canal Street Tavern. Joining the revelry will be Motel Beds, Hospital Garden and The 1984 Draft. The occasion also marks the second-to-last show on Hospital Garden’s farewell tour.

Tagged as “Recession Pop,” The Thankful Parade lives up to its ilk. For the members of Kris n., song provides a much-needed refuge from the slumps of life.

There is a marked degree of levity on The Thankful Parade. While certain songs do recognize doleful days, it is clear that Kris n. yearns to make life pop. Fittingly, the new album is the quintet’s fourth for local label Poptek Records. Prolific and inspired, the end is nowhere nigh for this melodic Gem City band.

Dayton City Paper had the opportunity to speak with Kris n.’s Kris Neises about The Thankful Parade, the band’s back-story, growing up in Dayton and more.

How long have you been working on The Thankful Parade? On what formats will you release the record? Where did you record it? 

I began writing the songs for The Thankful Parade last fall. I pretty much wrote all the tracks within a couple weeks of each other, however, it took the rest of the band to really complete the arrangements. We recorded the record in two days at Popside recording in Troy with Micah Carli (Hawthorne Heights). Micah, who also produced the record, was amazing to work with and really got the best out of us in a short amount of time. The Thankful Parade will be released on CD and digital (iTunes, Amazon, etc).  –Kris Neises

The band is currently a five-piece. How did you arrive in this current configuration? 

Kris n. is an ongoing project that has been around since 2007. I write the songs, but over the years I have been joined by many musicians and friends to help complete the sound. The Thankful Parade will be the fourth release from Kris n. I know it sounds like Kris n. is one person, but it has really become more of a community band. The current line-up is Lindsey Keene (ex-Vanity Theft) on bass, Andy Ingram (XL427) on drums, John Callon (Wake Up Mordecai) on keys and Justin Satinover (The 1984 Draft) on guitar. This line-up just came together naturally. We are all good friends and I have played with each of them in different projects here and there over the years. There is a lot of chemistry with this version of Kris n. and I am excited to show it off.  -KN

Will you speak on your experiences growing up in the Dayton music scene? 

The city and music scene of Dayton has had a huge impact on me and the way I write songs. I am proud to be from Dayton and I have met so many good people over the 15-plus years I have performed in and wrote about the Dayton music scene. There is a song on The Thankful Parade about this very subject entitled “Farewell 5th Street.” It’s more of an homage to those who I admire and I have shared the stages of this town with for so many years. The line “year in and year out/I watched Tod play his heart out,” refers to Tod Weidner (Shrug, Motel Beds). When I think of Dayton, I think of guys like him. -KN

Do you have plans to tour outside of the Dayton area? 

Yes, we are in the planning stages of some small East Coast and Midwest touring. With each record, it seems my reach gets a little further. In the past, I have done short weekend stints and I hope to do that again, probably beginning in early 2014.  -KN

Is there anything else readers should know about Kris n.?

Well, in regards to the release show I could not be more excited. Aside from my release, it will also be Hospital Garden’s last Dayton show. This show will be the second-to-last date on their farewell tour.  -KN

Kris n. will celebrate the release of The Thankful Parade on Friday, Nov. 1 at Canal Street Tavern, 308 E. First St. Also on the bill are Motel Beds, The 1984 Draft and Hospital Garden. Admission is $5 for 18 & up. Doors at 8 p.m. For more information, please visit

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