“Life is a dream and we are the dreamers” – the opening lyrics on the song Aeroplane from the new Never Shout Never album entitled Sunflower. And never say never when it comes to touring the Vans Warped Tour, because in spite of several mishaps that were well documented in the movie No Room For Rock Stars, Christofer Drew and Never Shout Never has returned for life on the road in the summer heat! Performing refreshing sets for overflow crowds on the Main Stage, Never Shout Never has grown tremendously as an artistic collective, and appear to be genuinely enjoying their time on Warped this year. In this interview with the trio, Highwire Daze discusses the new album, their cover of Bohemian Rhapsody, the infamous appearance in No Room For Rock Stars, and other cool and casual topics of interest. From the raging hot asphalt parking lot of Pomona Fairplex in Southern California, we present to you Never Shout Never in Back To The Warped!
Introduce yourself, and tell me what you do in Never Shout Never.
Chris: Chris Drew, and I play guitar and sing.
Hayden: I’m Hayden and I play drums.
Taylor: I’m Taylor and I play bass.
Tell me about the song All Mine from the Warped Tour compilation and what inspired the lyrics.
Chris: I wrote it about a girl that I really wanted to make out with. And it’s about really trying to make out with her.
How will the music on Sunflower compare to the other Never Shot Never releases?
Chris: It’s definitely more organic sounding.
Taylor: It sounds a lot like our live sound does and how we play together.
Chris: Yeah, it sounds like a three piece. Like our last two records were kind of like anything goes, and this one, we took a step back and went for the three piece sound – which is guitar, bass and drums. Pretty chill.
How have the Bandhappy workshops on Warped Tour been going so far?
Chris: Good – really good! I’ve been just talking about the importance of songs and telling them that anybody could write a song, regardless of if they can play an instrument or not – kind of giving them some tips and all that.
What advice would you give advice to young musicians who asks for it?
Chris: I always just tell them practice – get good. It takes a while. I’m just now starting to get pretty good – not ever good yet. Just practice as much as you can, and know what you want to do.
How intimidating was it to cover Bohemian Rhapsody a couple of years ago, and has any of the surviving Queen members even heard or commented on it?
Chris: No, probably not.
Taylor: I doubt very seriously that Brian May pulled out of the old Punk Goes Classic Rock… (Much laughter).
How hard of song was that to do?
Chris: It was pretty difficult. Definitely at the time, I had no idea what I was doing. Nowadays it would be a little easier – it would probably sound a lot better – but back then, it was definitely a struggle. It was a couple of days in the studio and it was like, “Ugh, this crazy!”
What was the hardest part about recording that one song?
Chris: For me, it was the crazy amount of backing vocals – we had to put in tracks upon tracks of backing vocals. That was pretty cool though – it taught me a lot, which was nice.
What made you decide to do Warped Tour again, when in the movie No Room For Rock Stars, you said you didn’t want to do it anymore?
Chris: You know, it sounded kind of fun honestly. It’s been a while. We haven’t gone on a…
Taylor: …a big summer hangout tour…
Chris: Yeah, so it sounded fun honestly. I’m not one to linger in the past. I was just being kind of negative at that point – I was just kind of tired.
When the hurricanes hit your hometown of Joplin in 2011, how did your fund raising efforts go and how soon were you able to go home and check it out?
Chris: Well, I was there right after it happened. We did t-shirts and a texting thing, and we raised a pretty good amount of money – I don’t know the exact number.
Taylor: It went pretty well. I mean, in that kind of situation, every little thing helps too. It wasn’t this huge, grandiose fund raiser, but I think it ended up doing pretty okay in helping some people.
What’s up with your other band Eatmewhileimhot – any plans?
Chris: Yeah, we just changed our name to Eatmeraw and that’s pretty cool. We’ve got a new record in the works.
Taylor: We were just listening to it in the (van)…
Chris: Yeah, we got instrumentals done. We gotta go back and I’m going to do some mixing at my studio and we’re going to do vocals there and get that going!
Taylor: It’s pretty sweet though – we’re excited about it.
Chris: Yeah, it’s really heavy.
If you guys could tour with anyone either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Chris: I think would probably want to tour with Bob Marley. That would be awesome!
Hayden: I would want to tour with Brad Wilton from Rage Against The Machine.
Taylor: I think Queen would be a cool band to tour with from back then…
Then you could play them your cover of Bohemian Rhapsody…
Taylor: Yeah, then I could finally get Brian May that cover! Here man, listen to our demo! We wanna be just like you! (Much laughter)
Any strange or scary happenings while on the Warped Tour, besides you breaking your foot – I think that’s what happened.
Chris: Yeah. I jumped off a speaker. But I don’t know.
Taylor: I passed out in the catering line that year. That was pretty intense. I was dehydrated. That was wrong goings.
Do you have any messages for your fans who are reading this?
Chris: That we love you and we appreciate you sticking with us for the time that you have.
Taylor: Thanks for listening to what we do. We have a good time doing it.
Hayden: We’re super grateful!
Never Shout Never is:
Christofer Drew – Vocals, Guitar, Keys
Taylor MacFee – Bass, Vocals
Hayden Kaiser -Drums, Guitar, Vocals
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(Interview by Kenneth Morton – Photos by Adam Gendler and Edward Brandon)