CD Review: Neverest – About Us

Neverest - About Us
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I usually try and give new bands a fair shake on their first EP release but Neverest simply disappointed me. It wasn’t that I was expecting much from a pop/rock band to begin with. After hearing their rock potential and comparing it to what’s actually down on a CD, this EP is predominately pop. It’s repetitive, auto tuned to the point of soullessness, and is a far cry from being considered pop/rock. Simply put it just does not showcase the bands rock influences. This is disheartening, seeing how musically versed the band members are in different genres. Sadly, Howe from the Backstreet Boys is one of the producers on this CD and you can definitely tell by listening to the music. It is almost to similar to 90’s boy band pop that any rock elements get quickly dropped by the waste side.

This EP offers six flimsy excuses for loves songs as we hear the band touch on all generic topics of the heart. About Us starts off the CD proving that if don’t have much to sing about that you can just re-sing the chorus over and over again until you’ve reached the three minute mark. Not only does it lyrically repeat itself, musically About Us is the same instrumental repeated only broken up with clapping tracks halfway through. If you listened to the CD chronologically you would forever have About Us burned into your skull. Though the song is catchy it certainly does not deserve the acoustic and club remixes on the disc. Everything is Neverest’s representation of the slower love song for this cd, offering keyboard piano riffs, bits of violin, and a somewhat erie harmonizing vocals. Yet it fails to be anything rememberable which unfortunately is how the majority of the disc turns out being.

The only song that actually got me hooked was Hello/Goodbye, due to it being the only song that doesn't sound like the rest. Considering that most of the heart wrenching emotions attempted to be evoked is comparable to that of sixteen year old, Hello/Goodbye actually gets those scorned feeling’s stirring. Lead singer Spee and rest of the band seem to deliver a somewhat raw performance. I am someone who usually does not believe that swearing is the best way to convey emotions, but the song may have only felt emotional because they swear in the chorus. But in an EP highly lacking in the ability to emote, I think swearing is at least a good start for Neverest.

Yet with an entire EP of songs loosely based around love and heartache it leaves little room for the band to be versatile. Any EP should display the artist’s versatility, not pigeon hole them into only one type of song. All this shows is that the artist’s have had some tough times in love and decided that was all they cared to write about.