J-14 chatted with Never Shout Never's Christofer Drew about his band's musical inspirations, how their sound has evolved and most importantly what to expect from their brand new album Time Travel, out now.
J-14: Can you tell us what Time Travel's about?
Christofer Drew: To me, Time Travel is kind of like a huge musical step for us. This is a lot more complex than anything else we've ever done and a little more thought out. I think it's just better music than anything we've put out so far.
J-14: Does Time Travel have a similar sound to your previous music?
Christofer: It's definitely evolved a lot, it sounds almost nothing like stuff we were doing like two years ago. It's kind of like outer-spacey and it's really cool.
J-14 What inspired the album name for Time Travel?
Christofer: I guess I just have this obsession with time travel. I watch documentaries on it all the time. It just seemed like it fit the vibe of the music and we kind of went through a time machine sort of vibe with all of our imagery too.
J-14: Who are some of your biggest inspirations?
Christofer: For this album we took a lot of Pink Floyd influence, a lot of Queen as well, and we also took some influence from Muse. It's just really fun to play because it's a lot more technical and kind of has like a psychedelic undertone to it. It's not too over the top psychedelic but we tried to bring a little bit in every song just because we love that style of music.
J-14: How do you think your fans are gonna react to the new music?
Christofer: They should dig it. It's super out-there but I think it works, I think they're gonna definitely be into it. I mean I know a lot of them are getting to an age now where they're like, "Do I keep listening to pop music or do I evolve and listen to something a little more?" And you know I think we've made kind of a really nice blend of pop and experimental stuff, so I think it's going to be just right for them.
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