Today VENTS and Athens’ very own band Pilgrim are teamming up to give an exclusive look to the band’s new album Neverland, an incredble album that sees the band exploring different sonic spaces from classic rock to the 90s Britpop era.
Recorded at Chase Park Transductions with master engineers Drew Vandenberg and Henry Barbe, Pilgrim recorded the meat of this album over a 3-day period of frenzied creative momentum. Henry Barbe (son of producer David Barbe) mixed Neverland with incredible ingenuity and originality, creating a sonic masterpiece worthy of any of the great predecessors. Audio nerds, take note and listen hard.
Neverland kicks off with the title track, a dirty, hazy stomper about a man lost in the Neverland of a music scene. Never growing old, yet unable to connect with the girl he’s searching for. Next up is the Zeppelin III meets Stax groove “Anna Lucia,” a song of beauty masking the tragic romance of the protagonist and Anna Lucia. Track three is “The Greatest Actor,” a vulnerable Crazy Horse-esque slow jam depicting the acting we all do to guise the inner self. Life is a stage and we are but players in it. Rounding outside A is “La La La.” This sprawling triptych is a melodic dream with toe tapping snap that takes on touring, art, and loss. (Insert shoulder shrug emoji.)
Side B comes out blazing with “Watch You Cry,” an angry post-break-up fantasy “masking the song’s actual intention of being a political revenge fantasy,” according to McHugh. May as well watch those that have done harm suffer their own fate. Next is “Night After Night,” the powerful Muscle Shoals-meets-“Hey Jude” piano ballad/rocker. This gorgeous tune about touring, performing, and the power of friendship builds to an incredible climax that could stir the soul of the hardest-hearted. The journey comes to an end with the beautifully psychedelic canvas “Something About This Picture.” Close your eyes, burn one down and go into the inner depths of your mind in the dreamscape of not knowing what the future holds. “A comedy or tragedy – I just don’t really know.”
About the album, Paul comments “Neverland is our second album and we couldn’t be happier with it. I’m so proud of all these songs and the playing on them. Hope ya’ll enjoy it!.Get loose and crank it up!”