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Released: 2010, Self Released
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
I love angry and aggressive music as much as the next guy, but it’s easy to forget that heavy music can be fun and upbeat. Then I hear a band like Neverify and their energetic debut, SPECIES, and I wonder why more bands haven’t figured this out yet. The debut EP from this UK four piece, SPECIES combines elements of grunge, metal, alternative, funk, and everything in between for a really enjoyable and original 19 minutes of music. A melting pot of influences are conveyed across the four tracks here, but damned if it’s not a good time.
The fact that Neverify is hard to pin down to a particular genre may be enough to scare some away. But think about it, would you go to Baskin Robbins for ice cream because they have 31 flavors or because they have the best vanilla? Opening track “Union” is a fat bottomed groove metal tune with some funky bass lines, and introduces Dan Bignell’s unique vocal warble. It’s catchy, punchy, it’s a great opener. “Manumission” and “Avatar” are a little more radio friendly, but even Primus gets some airplay, so that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The former has an upbeat bounce that shifts into esoteric reflection and back into stompsville, while the latter is a more straight ahead rocker. “Voyeur” is my favorite track of the four, being the most diverse of the batch. Starting out with a Seattle-esque grunge vibe, the tune twists into a jazzy interlude, traversing into a mellow, bluesy jam session. It’s a ballsy tune to include on a debut sampler, but it’s a great example of the band’s penchant for musical exploration.
It’s cool that a pack of young bucks like Neverify are willing to incorporate so many different elements into their music, but it’s even cooler that the resulting music is as tight and coherent as it is. The production is and presentation is top notch, the songs are memorable, and it’s still pretty heavy. If you’re open to something different, check out SPECIES via the band’s website.
Dan Bignell – Vocals
Tim Spurr – Guitars
Joe Kusionowicz – Bass
Gavin Locke – Drums
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