After years of teasing, alternative band Never Loved are giving fans what they want.
“‘Autumn’ was actually the first Never Loved song ever written and also one of the first songs I ever wrote that I sang on,” recalls frontman Cameron Knopp. “I recorded it with Squire in 2017 before we had a band name and it was originally supposed to be on our self-titled ep, but we decided to save it for a full length. I wrote it while experiencing all of the emotions of a heartbreak. It’s a song I’m excited for everyone to hear since it’s a different side of Never Loved.”
Never Loved formed when long-term friends, Cameron Knopp (vocals, guitar) and Jay Gayoso (bass), took matters into their own hands and aimed to create music that spoke directly to people. Shane O’Brien(guitar) later joined the duo to officially form the three-piece group. The band released their debut self-titled EP and received a great response to their alternative rock vibe, which hints to the members’ grunge and pop influences. Riding the wave of positive feedback, Never Loved is now preparing to release their debut full-length album, Over It.
This past year has brought many exciting moments for the group – an increasing fanbase, a future tour with Armor For Sleep, and the upcoming release of their new record. While quarantine was not in the plan, it did give Never Loved more time to work on new songs and further hone in on their sound. The group paired with friend and producer, Matt Squire, to flesh out ideas and bring these songs to life.
Working with Squire and taking time off between sessions helped bridge creative gaps that the album longed for. The guys experimented with creating different sequences and interludes, while simultaneously making sure the album flowed. Each song on the record is unique, but they all stay true to the alternative rock sound that fans have come to love.
The debut of Over It will kick off an exciting period in Never Loved’s career. These emotional, raw songs will captivate listeners and create a community within their music. According to the guys, “life is going to throw a lot of sh*t at you, but it’s about making the best of it. You’ll get past it, keep trying.”
Over It, the debut full-length record from Never Loved, released on 14th May via Equal Vision Records/Rude Records. To order the record check out the following link.
Now let’s get right into the record. Starting things off with ‘Over it’, this track is built as your run of the mill harder pop-rock opener but you can see it now, when gigs are back the audience will sing this back because that’s what it was designed for and the band are being quite smart, it kind of reminds me of Waterparks but a different approach has been taken and the bans outlook is the main difference, and one that will win over more fans with their personality in it all.
The record is just getting started here. ‘On & On It Goes’ is that little bit more anthemic, the classic rise and fall track to get the crowd going and it’s doing a great job of that here. Continuing right into ‘Sorry’ this is a record which is showing that it isn’t letting up lightly from the looks of things, it’s spearheading the comfortable foundation of the record. Plus, that solo close to the end of the track though, I’m just astonished.
Slowing down things for the sixth track in this arsenal in the form of ‘Autumn’, it’s got a little bit of an indie feel to it due to the change of pace here, but damn it if it isn’t infectious as well. This might as well just say future film track on it because I can imagine this either in a coming of age or drama story where it only helps their case for future dominance.
Moving to something heavier on the record, ‘Sunshine’ injects a little influx of techno into the consciousness of the listener which shouldn’t really work but incredibly does so with ease. This record release has just seen the band go crazy and we’re only just at the halfway point for this one so gear up for what could be a staggering second half.
Now we’re keeping on this techno grunge infused path, it’s a sort of mashup they’re doing which in some respects does work but the consistency of the beats doesn’t really stack up overall on this track on the choice which weaves in and out.
After the interlude which if nothing does build up some genuine atmosphere again for the release which the latter lacked a little bit, the bass strikes a chord in a way it hasn’t for the entirety of the record thus far, and makes everything a little more relaxed with ‘Gasoline’ which if anything, sounds a little repetitive of their opener, ‘Over It’.
‘The One For Me’ takes it right back but the sound of the techno which is a little little much for me, where it seems unwanted in the grand scheme of the record as a whole and loses its momentum. Although the tracks moving forward are reminiscent of the early 00’s bands such s We The Kings and All American Rejects play out well here as much as the pacing of the guitar plays out which fairs well against their older counterparts but the energy Never Loved emit is the best part about this back half of the record.
Closing with the off this release, ‘Find Out’ and & ‘Downpour’ are more soulful and pondering than the previous tracks, they feel more contained than the rest of what’s come before it to avoid the comparison so they can be their own unexpected result.
Overall as much as I’ve come to love this record, I have to say it lacks a little consistency within the genre because Never Loved can’t seem to make up their minds as to what genre they want to stick to as they have that influx of techno halfway into the release but bless them, they have made a fun record with their fans in mind as well as making tracks for that live setting which they know will get a response.
Check out the video for ‘Sunshine’ below.
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