Eventually, the band signed a record deal with independent record label Ivy League Records. A copy of a demo tape fell into the hands of Steve McDonald of Redd Kross who offered to produce a record for the band in Los Angeles. The album featured contributions from Pat Smear and Dale Crover, the drummer for the Melvins.
Former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon had also heard a copy of their demo tape and offered them a contract to release an EP on his Transcopic Records in 2004. The "A Man" EP featured a track from the Steve McDonald sessions "A Man" along with three of the demo recordings. The EP received good reviews from the NME, Kerrang! and BBC Radio 1. Neon also supported Jet, The Vines and the Living End on their Aussie Invasion tour of the US.
Their debut self-titled album was released in Australia in July 2005 through Ivy League records, with its lead single making the top 50 of the Australian singles charts in November 2004. The band also signed an international record deal with V2 Records for international distribution in October 2004.