Pop-punk outfit Never Home, is a band that combines the melodic nature of earlier pop-punk with the aggression of the newer generation. With their newest self-titled EP just releasing we caught up with lead vocalist, Nick Klock, to talk about their recording process, certain track and their future LP.
Your debut self-titled EP is incredibly clean yet energetic, most first EP’s have a rough, messy sound. What was the recording process like to achieve such a crisp sound?
For the production of the album, we had originally planned on going the DIY route. However, the more time we spent with the songs, the more we felt that they were worth investing in for a more polished final product. We pooled our resources and recorded the EP at Sioux Sioux Studio in Charlotte, NC. This is the location where Taking Back Sunday recorded their latest album, Tidal Wave. In terms of the process itself, you would have to ask Jason [Scavone, producer] - we just did what he asked and he made us sound good.
Lyrics in songs such as “Trust Fall” can make a listener feel connected to you, while still keeping a sense of originality. Where do you pull lyrical inspiration from?
Lyrical inspiration comes straight from my life experiences. The EP as a whole was the culmination of several difficult years. I turned to music as an outlet for some negative emotions that I didn’t really know what to do with, and the result was incredibly cathartic and something that I am proud of. I didn’t write the lyrics with relatability in mind, but I have had several people express to me that my words connected with them, which is an incredible feeling.
“State Line” has a very heavy feel of nostlogia, what do you hope fans take away from listening to it?
State Line is a recollection of memories I share with my closest friend, and a lament of the way that time changes those childhood bonds. There is a part of you that becomes inaccessible as you grow older, and "State Line" is about wanting to recapture that. Writing that song is the closest I have came to recapturing that feeling, and I hope that others who listen can relate and feel it too.
With “State Line” being featured on Alternative Press’ 11 New Songs You Need To Hear This Week, article back in June, how did that affect your fan base?
We definitely saw an uptick in our Spotify stats and social media followers. It was a great source of exposure and we are grateful for the feature. We’ve been readers of AP for over a decade, so to see our name under their header was exciting and surreal.
While making this EP did you run into any disagreements amongst the band?
Nope! We get along pretty well, so we don’t have any juicy details to offer on that front. We’d make for a really boring episode of Behind the Music.
You’ve said bands like The Wonder Years and The Story So Far are some of your influences, which is also clear from listening to your work. Is there any artists that you take elements from that listeners wouldn’t guess?
I am a huge hip-hop fan and constantly listen to artists like Kendrick Lamar and Run the Jewels. The cadence or “flow” of my vocals is influenced by hip-hop, particularly in "Trust Fall". Lyrically, I derive a lot from emo music, and wrote "Dulin Road" in one sitting after listening to The Hotelier’s Home, Like No Place Is There. Devon loves heavy music (He is constantly playing Norma Jean and Underoath at band practice) and that occasionally shines through in our songs. Dan and I are huge fans of Bloc Party, and there will definitely be more indie influences on our next record.
Can we expect an LP anytime soon?
We have begun writing new music, but we are not sure whether it will be an EP or develop into an LP. Time will tell!
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