Nashville-based psychedelic alternative rock band The Neverlutionaries are set to drop their debut self-titled LP February 12, 2021 viaPolychromatic Records. “The process of creating this album was amazing for me,” explains bandleader Christopher Harold Wells. “Not only did I get to work with an amazing producer in Jaimeson Durr, who can instinctively make the recording process flow like water but also with amazing players. At this point, we’ve become family and when you play with folks that you care and have love for, the creative atmosphere becomes magical and doing the record at legendary Hyde Street Studio C (where Green Day, Tupac Shakur all recorded) was the cherry on top of the icing and top of the cake!” Purchase the album here on Friday, February 12.
The Neverlutionaries’ self-titled LP and moves through trippy, heavy and textural sound with thought invoking lyrical delivery that nods to rock and soul. Being a huge lover of the shoegaze genre for years, the distinctive alternative musical style eventually and inevitably crept into Wells’ sound in the layered dreamy singles “Ariana” (“about meeting your soulmate. How would it feel?”) and “Stumble” (“about trusting someone who has done you wrong, but you still love them so”), released in advance of the LP alongside other lush album tracks “Precious Eyes” (“a spiritual and healing experience for me (about a friend who took her own life)” and “Unconditionally” (“about someone who understands someone else’s plight and wants to rescue them because they can’t save themselves”).
Rock alternative influences like Soundgarden and Tool carry equal weight in the songs “Hopped Up On Crazy” (“about how crazy stuff happens in life no matter how hard you try to be ready for it but how there is always a light at the end of the tunnel”), “Ticking Away” (“an ode to people who hate other people because of who and what they are as the time of that mindset is running out”) and “Everybody’s Losing Their Minds” (“a funky little jam about a guy trying to holler at a girl and how he swears he will be the one for her. There is no shame in his game”).
A Led Zeppelin/Jack White dirge and groove is sprinkled in “Save Yourself” (“about a dear friend of mine who had serious substance abuse issues that eventually claimed his life”). The bonus track “Ellis Street Stomp” (“while walking to Hyde Street Studios, lying on the sidewalk was this beautiful girl. I wondered how in the hell did it get to this?”) is a piano and horn-driven spoken word hazy jazzy brew of Prince, Mayer Hawthorne and Steely Dan.
Christopher Harold Wells of THE NEVERLUTIONARIES
Photo credit: Michael Phillips (hi-res HERE)
Working alongside #1 Billboard-debuting producer Jaimeson Durr (Sammy Hagar, Train, Wyclef) at Hyde Street Studios, Wells was forced to halt recording due to the pandemic, so he set up at home while quarantining in North Carolina to resume work on the LP. Pulling together a veritable who’s who in session musicians, Wells with friends and collaborators including legendary guitarist Kenny Olson (Bootsy Collins, Sheryl Crow), drummer/producer Chris McGrew, session/studio drummer Nick Baglio (Gucci Mane) and guitarist Jonnie Axtell (Psychefunkapus).
1. TICKING AWAY
3. HOPPED UP ON CRAZY
4. AS IT BURNS
5. EVERYBODY’S LOSING THEIR MINDS
6. PRECIOUS EYES
7. SAVE YOURSELF
8. ILL EQUATION
12. ELLIS STREET STOMP (BONUS TRACK)
An intercontinental musician who was originally born in Philadelphia (the son of former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Harold Wells), Wells created The Neverlutionaries melding rock with jazz, alternative and shoegaze. While still a teernager, Wells formed industrial rock band Peasants of the Apocalypse, who went on to open for Metallica, Everclear and Def Leppard during their 7-year history.
The Neverlutionaries self-titled LP will be released February 12 2021viaPolychromatic Records. Wells is endorsed by music gear companies Audient, Dunlop, Heil Sound and Bergantino Audio Systems.