PropertyOfZack Interview : : Never Shout Never
PropertyOfZack had the chance to sit down with Chris, Caleb, and Taylor from Never Shout Never a few weeks ago for a great interview. Chris, Caleb, Taylor, and I discussed the band’s new album, how the writing process for the band has changed, plans to do three albums a year, and a whole bunch more. Read up and enjoy!
Never Shout Never is playing a secret show today in New York City. Should we expect some new songs in the set?
Chris: We’re playing pretty much the whole new album. We’ve been practicing all acoustic, and expect six or eight new ones. I love playing the songs acoustic because it helps us to learn them raw before we learn them full band.
You haven’t done a ton of touring this year, which we can assume is because of the new album. How long did the recording process take?
Chris: It took about a month and a half. We did about a month of recording and two weeks of mixing. We pretty much did everything ourselves. It all took two months tops probably.
The identity of Never Shout Never has sort of shifted within the past year. This is the first album where the name is not just a moniker for Christofer Drew, but actually for a full band. How did that change the writing process?
Chris: It made it a lot more fun and a lot more dynamic. We all have something to add to the music now. We all have our own style of writing and it comes together in a really beautiful mesh. This is definitely by far my favorite record, and I feel like this is the beginning for us. This is the first record that we’re truly proud of and that we’ll be showing kids.
There were all sorts of rumors that you’d be changing the stage name to Christofer Drew And The Shout last year. Was this the alternative?
Chris: We went with the flow. I have a big mouth and I like spreading rumors to freak people out [Laughs].
Has it been better than expected in terms of changing the process of how things work?
Chris: I feel like I’ve gone through a rebirth as a musician. I’m excited for this record, but I’m even more excited for the next record. This one’s not even released yet and we’re already writing for it. Caleb’s written a bunch of songs for it and I’m writing some too.
Caleb: It’s good when you’re excited for the next record you’re going to do before the record you just did comes out.
Taylor: It’s only going up from here.
Chris: I know, I truly believe it.
Caleb: It was the first time we ever did a record that when we were done felt like we just got started. We were ready to go again.
Do you think everything will come together even better in the future as you have more time together?
Chris: Absolutely. We also self-produced this record, which is something that I’ve wanted to do for a while, but never had a chance since I signed with Warner. Finally they gave us the opportunity and we did this record for like $10,000. Last two records total were probably about $200,000 each. I think it’s amazing that this one sounds way better and is honestly just a lot better.
Caleb: We have the exact record that we wanted to make.
Chris: This is our Dark Side Of The Moon. It’s us transcending into something. Pink Floyd started out making pop music and then they turned into this insane band that did whatever the fuck they wanted to. This record we’re going to go for more classics. Just pump out the classics [Laughs].
ok, these dudes are officially batshit. which, i suppose, is a lot more interesting than where they came from, if nothing else.