Neva Dinova has been through several incarnations since 1992, when guitarist and vocalist Jake Bellows and bassist Heath Koontz began writing songs and performing. Its current lineup includes Bellows and Koontz, guitarists Mike Kratky and Tim Haes (who have been with the band since 1998), and drummer Bo Anderson (who joined in 1999). While remaining a "local band" for most of their history, the five-piece from Omaha, Nebraska developed a loyal fan base. As word spread, Neva Dinova built up an ever-expanding audience. Things are suddenly moving forward much faster for Neva Dinova.
Sonically, the presence of three guitarists has allowed for rapid development of the band's trademark sound, marked by swirling countermelodies and assorted textures. It is around this musical fabric that Bellows' poetry-based lyrics are centered. Experiments in ambient sound give the songs impact, while the melody and lyrics act as tethers to reality, driving each songs direction and purpose. The result is a dreamlike, and at times haunting, quality throughout much of the album, coupled with relapses into more straightforward, story-based songwriting, as Bellows deals with the basic tenets and struggles of humanity.
In the spring of 2002, Neva Dinova signed with crank! A RECORD COMPANY. crank! will release the band's self-titled debut in September 2002. National tours are being planned as the media push begins.
Neva Dinova counts among its fans such artists as The Faint, Conor Oberst/Bright Eyes, Cursive, The Good Life, Rilo Kiley, Lullaby for the Working Class and many others.