Never Shout Never

Never Shout Never

Never Shout Never has been reborn. While the moniker has long referred to 20-year-old Christofer Drew, it is now the name of a full band with the messy-haired singer-songwriter at its helm – and the change couldn't have come at a better time."

With six EPs and two albums under his belt, over 2.5 million Facebook fans, nearly 50 million MySpace profile views and over 157 million song plays, it's clear that Drew has achieved breakthrough success since his first upload. However, the talented guitarist experienced some dark moments following the release of his Butch Vig-produced album, Harmony, becoming "a little bitter towards the music industry" and left shaken by the breakup from his girlfriend of almost two years. But, through his search for a higher consciousness, he found a path of enlightenment that led to a whole new outlook on music and life.

In an almost therapeutic way, Drew has woven his experiences into Time Travel, the first album recorded and produced by Never Shout Never, which now includes Drew, Caleb Denison (guitar/drums/percussion), Taylor MacFee (bass) and Hayden Kaiser (guitar, percussion). The band members, who each contributed backing vocals on the full-length, holed up in Springfield, MO, just one hour outside of their hometown of Joplin, and dedicated themselves to making Never Shout Never's most impressive album to date.

"It's kind of been a long time coming," Drew says. "I've always wanted Never Shout to be a band, but I've always had other people telling me that it's my thing and I need to keep taking pictures by myself and stuff. But I'm at a point now where I found my core group of guys, and I would much rather go in with this new fresh outlook and as a group instead of focusing all on me. It's going to be awesome having personalities in the group, because we're all such different people, but at the same time, we all stand for and represent the same thing."

Time Travel embodies a lush sound with fuller instrumentation, and, as Drew explains, the songs have a more experimental quality. "I wanted to make this album more of a little concept," he says. "I just wanted it to be different than anything that we've done; I wanted it to be a little more trippy. I've always thought that it would be awesome to travel through time. I watch a lot of the History channel.""

Part of the album's "trippy" nature comes from Drew's newfound affinity for dance and meditation music. "For a while, I was kind of getting pretentious about the whole music thing," he laments. "I was only listening to Dylan and like pre-'70s kind of stuff, and I thought anything else was kind of bullshit, but I got my eyes opened up. I went on a trip out to California for a month and got super into the rave scene, and understood that there's more to life than pretending to be Bob Dylan. I learned a lot about myself.".

Although many changes are happening in Drew's life, fans will undoubtedly follow their fearless leader in whichever direction he takes. Since the age of 16, audiences have watched him grow from a one-man show to a far-reaching phenomenon. To what does the tattooed rocker attribute his success? Simply being himself. "I've just been really genuine with everyone," he explains. "Even when I was at my darkest places, I still tried to be super genuine. I think people appreciate that it's been about real music and true expression."

This LP, or "rebirth album," as Drew likes to call it, kicks off with the epic title track, which was most inspired by Drew's new-age influences. "Silver Ecstasy" was written by Denison, and is the first song on a Never Shout Never album that was not penned by Drew. "Getaway," he says, is about "diving into a daydream with her and leaving it all behind for a little bit," and was inspired by the stresses and drama of Drew's breakup. "Robots" also focuses on a girl, but in this song, Drew is numb to her. "It's just about being emotionless," he says.

"Lost at Sea" is the album closer, which Drew wrote when he was having a "mental breakdown." He explains, "I was home alone; no one was around. I didn't know what else to do, so I grabbed my guitar and wrote this song. Whenever I say 'lost at sea,' it's a metaphor for when I lose my mind. Like, if I lose my mind and never come back the same tell everyone that I'll miss them, but I had to go. Pretty depressing, but at the same time a pretty cool tune."

Since his last record, Drew has matured and been able to tap into a self-awareness that has ultimately helped him deal with his inner conflicts. "I've had this weird thing where I've almost dreaded success because I felt undeserving deep in my subconscious, but now I'm to this point where I'm accepting success and prepared for it, and I don't think I've felt that before," he reveals. "And whatever happens, happens. I just want to be genuine and stand for a normal dude in the industry and not let it get to me."

As for the future, Never Should Never simply want to continue making records, playing live shows, experimenting with sound and "hopefully let people know that we're here to have fun with music, not just to make money." Drew adds, "We want to go at it like the same way that Queen did – just awesome experimental records, but making some great hits at the same time. We don't want to have any limits."

Christofer Drew and Never Shout Never continue to help raise money for their hometown of Joplin, MO which was devastated by tornados in late May. Christofer put together a campaign with the United Way in hopes to raise $1 million for Joplin. Text "JOMO" to 50555 to donate $10 to the immediate and long-term relief of Joplin, MO and watch the video of the destruction Chris put together himself, which also contains a clip of "Time Travel."

The Downtown Fiction (Acoustic)

The Downtown Fiction (TDF) of Fairfax, Virginia have taken their love of music, friends, and a darn good time and created something really special. Citing influences ranging from Green Day to The Rolling Stones, the pop-rock trio has a sound comparable to the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Blink 182, and The All-American Rejects. With fans across America and even in South Asia, TDF proves to be on a musical mission.

Formed in the summer of 2008 by Cameron Leahy (vocals/guitar) and Eric Jones (drums), the two posted three demos on their MySpace and were blown away by the response. Soon after, they recruited friend David Pavluk on bass and backing vocals to round out the trio. With Cameron's majestic stage presence, and the band's witty lyrics and catchy chords, it's no question why label president Matt Galle quickly signed them to Photo Finish Records in 2009.

On March 3rd, 2010, TDF released their first EP "Best I Never Had" to a long climb up the iTunes chart. With a blossoming number of dedicated followers on multiple social networking sites and a YouTube channel currently boasting 5,000 subscribers and surpassing a whopping 1,000,000 views, TDF is well on their way to taking over the media world.

The Downtown Fiction has been building a reputation for working hard and touring constantly alongside their contemporaries; making appearances on this past summer's Bamboozle Road Show with headliners Boys Like Girls and All Time Low, as well as the 2010 Vans Warped Tour. With a loyal fan base that just keeps growing, TDF has created a perfect experience for their fans and for music lovers everywhere, providing an entertaining live show in addition to their high-energy music. And not only has The Downtown Fiction made it their goal to road trip across America with their catchy tunes, but they've also made a point to travel the globe; hitting up Japan in the fall of 2010 with We The Kings before embarking on a full US tour as the main supporting act with The Summer Set.

In addition to their world travels, (including rocking cities with The Ready Set on the Glamour Kills Tour) and popularity-gaining EP's, TDF's music has been circling the world in another form – by being featured on some of the most popular TV shows around. Besides their debut video for "I Just Wanna Run" premiering on MTV Hits, MTV2, and MTV U; their music can be heard throughout the second season of MTV's Jersey Shore, and has been featured on other shows like The Hard Times of RJ Berger, The Challenge: Fresh Meat II, The Hills, and Keeping Up With The Kardashians. And since infiltrating your cable channels just isn't enough, The Downtown Fiction has three downloadable tracks featured in the latest edition of Rock Band!

And of course, soon enough, the hard travelin' members of TDF will be doing a bit of settling down in the studio;will be releasing their debut full length on Photo Finish Records by Spring/Summer 2011.

Brian Marquis

Snow Damage, singer/songwriter Brian Marquis' (Therefore I Am) debut six- song EP, released via Harbinger Music Group, is a heartfelt culmination of resilience, rebirth and renewal. The EP title, Snow Damage, metaphorically describes what is left when all the winter snow is melted away and the ground beneath is exposed, waiting for the rebirth of spring. Similarly, on Snow Damage, Marquis documents a point in his life where he persevered over personal challenges, got to the core of his being and experienced a renewed optimism and passion for his music.

The debut EP features a well-rounded songwriting approach, from the loud and raucous "They Used To Call It The Blues" to the soft and vulnerable "Body Work". Up and coming producer Brad Delava shared Marquis' vision to go back to his roots and make a piece of music that was not over-produced, showcasing his raw vocal talent. "I went into the studio more prepared than ever; my attitude is, if I can't sing it, I won't." says Marquis of his vocals on Snow Damage.

According to Alex DiVincenzo on absolutepunk.net, "Marquis has always been a skilled guitarist and provided pleasant backing vocals in Therefore I Am, but I was unaware of the true finesse of his voice prior to hearing his solo material." In addition to vocals and guitar, Marquis also played harmonica, lap steel, percussion and piano on the EP.

Guest appearances on Snow Damage include Erick Serna (ex- The Dear Hunter), slide guitar on "Ratt Street", Shawn Marquis (Vanna), bass on "The Way You Walk Away" and Dan Bob Goterch (Actor|Observer) percussion on tracks 1,3,5. The EP was mastered by Jeff Lipton (Bon Iver and City And Colour) and will be available on CD and limited edition colored vinyl here www.brianmarquis.com as well as iTunes, AmazonMP3 and all other digital retailers.

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Never Shout Never with The Downtown Fiction (Acoustic), Brian Marquis

Thursday, December 5 · Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM at The Note

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