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Friday, April 17, 2015

Never Young: The Art Punks

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM

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Never Young is a futuristic-sounding noise rock band that utilizes off-kilter breakdowns and a vocal recording style reminiscent of Fugazi to create a fresh take on a classic genre — guitar rock.

Like Rites of Spring through an Instagram filter — but a good one (maybe Early Bird) — the band uses a digital aesthetic to enhance its core product: post-hardcore song writing sensibilities with a modern, artsy twist.

Throughout its music, artwork, and lyrics, there are nods to information-age digital habits and web-based art. The band of millennials even starts it debut EP with a wall of computer chatter that sounds like two Street Fighter characters playing Pong before Sam Cruz’s drums come crashing in.

Principal songwriters Christopher Adams and Nikolas Soelter played in Calculator before starting Never Young and releasing Master Copy in 2014.

“Happy Diving posted some songs from Master Copy on our Facebook, then Father/Daughter signed them,” Sam Cruz, who also plays drums in Never Young’s labelmates, Happy Diving, said. “We’re all artists who collaborate and support each other — like Nik’s girlfriend is helping make our T-shirt and poster designs.”

With songs that fans of grungy riffs would be remise to scroll past, we can’t wait to see what Never Young posts next. The band just recorded three new songs for an upcoming seven-inch (all on the A side, the B side contains a weird drum sample), and hopes to organize a tour with Oakland’s King Woman soon. 

Check out Never Young's new video for "Like A Version."
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Matt Saincome

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Matt Saincome is SF Weekly's former music editor.

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