Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
We’ve been great! This summer has been a busy one for us so there is a lot of excitement going on behind the scenes at Neverkept HQ. Thanks for having us!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Vertigo”?
“Vertigo” is a really fun track that we are really enthusiastic about. We felt it captured our roots while also showing a glimpse of what’s to come from us, musically speaking. The lyrical content is something we back very wholeheartedly. We are a group of guys who sacrificed a lot and really broke out of our comfort zones to take a shot at a career in music and travel the world. “Vertigo” is about breaking your own mold and taking chances, sometimes you need a push to get out of your own head as you deal with the hurdles that life throws at you – a bit of a slap in the face of reality if you will. We hope it acts as that push if you need it to inspire you to be the best version of yourself you can be.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I think it really is more of a culmination of events that brought us here. When you’re in a touring band and you want to try to take yourself to the next level there are a lot of changes you have to make in your life. You have to be ready to really just let go of certain things and pull up the proverbial anchor you set for yourself. Some of us put school on hold, some of us quit our jobs, went through break-ups, etc. In the end it’s a really uplifting experience, I think. We get to play music and see the world, those jobs are always going to be there, those people you split apart with will (hopefully) eventually understand and support you, school isn’t going anywhere, yada yada. We wanted to try and relay that message, to take a chance on something, the opportunity might not come around again. That, in a general sense, is what this entire band feeds off of and is about. We feel like “Vertigo” carries that message well.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Charlie Anderson and his crew were absolutely incredible. Hospitable, patient, creative, the whole nine. Even brought donuts – and let’s be honest, who doesn’t like a free donut? Every idea we had, he met it with brilliance and really brought what we were looking for to life. He did the exterior nature shots in Wissahickon, located in Pennsylvania and the interior shots of the band playing were taken in a solar warehouse in South Jersey.
He purposely silhouetted the band in the live shots; which we at first thought was a bold move considering this was the first release from the band and none of the viewers would therefore see who was even playing or singing…but it added to the ambiguity of the piece and came out great. 10/10 would work with again.
How was the recording and writing process?
For us, writing was mostly demoing the pre-production ideas and styles…. It is always a really interesting, symbiotic experience. We all draw influence from a wide spectrum of genres, respectively, so there aren’t a whole lot of quiet moments once we get going. We are always bouncing ideas off each other. Jay, Pete, and Neale have been writing together in a number of capacities for almost ten years while Dorian and Aaron have been music lifers in their own right as well through a number of different styles. It’s really fun to get into a room together, to say the least.
Recording for us is like a re-write of every song we’ve demoed. We’d show our producer (Taylor Larson) parts we wrote and everyone would bounce ideas off of each other in the room. Some of the song’s structure, progressions, and rhythms remained the same, but instrumentally changed completely. “Vertigo” certainly attests to that – the only original part of that song that remained after demoing was the guitar delays after the chorus…the rest of it was almost completely rewritten or altered slightly part by part after we were in the studio.
What role does being from Philadelphia play in your writing?
Philly has always provided a good model in terms of variety. You can find pretty much anything you want to listen to in that city if you know where to look and I think as a band we really marvel in that. You wanna go to a sweaty house show? See you in West Philly. You into jazz? I know a spot in Fairmount. You feeling some self-proclaimed “liquor drinking music”? Your first City Wide is on me at Bob & Barbara’s Lounge. Live music is everywhere in Philadelphia, and there is something for everyone, which is how we approach writing for Neverkept. We have more material that’s unreleased, and we’d like to think there’s something in there for everyone… It’s as eclectic as we can make it for this genre.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Oh, yes. Yes you can. We have some things to work out behind the scenes but it is on it’s way, “coming soon to a streaming service near you”, and we cannot wait for you all to hear it!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
At the moment we have to keep things under wraps. What I can tell you is that we have more music to release in within the next few months!
How introspective would you say the new music is?
I think if you really sit down and listen to the lyrical content you are going to be looking at yourself in the mirror a bit afterwards. I truly believe some of these songs are going to tug at you existentially and really kind of make you think not only of yourself but the people around you as well. This record will make you look inside, outside, all over the place. We wanted to break the mold of “this song is about a girl” and really dive hard into what makes us who we are – the good, the bad, and everything in-between.
What would you say are the band’s heaviest influences?
Thrice, Jimmy Eat World, blink-182, It Prevails, and Circa Survive.
Any plans to hit the road?
We will be playing with PVMNTS (actor Tyler Posey’s band) and Lost In Society on August 12th (8/12/18) at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn! Other than that we have a lot in the works right now behind the scenes, so no tour dates have been announced yet.
What else is happening next in Neverkept’s world?