This article originally appeared in Our Sunday Visitor sometime in 2006. I can't find it on the internet so I'm reposting it here.
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Never Coming Back, an odd name for a debut album. But these are odd times.
Everyone has lost something to Covid-19. Something that is never coming back. Some have lost loved ones, jobs, and livelihoods and our thoughts and prayers go out to them. For most of us, the challenge is to just keep plowing ahead faced with so much uncertainty.
But Never Coming Back is also a statement of optimism. A decision has been made to go in a new direction that will hopefully be better. Kind of ironic for a four-piece rock band working in the tradition of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Kinks that took its name from The Lord of the Rings.
If you take a listen, you'll hear that we aren't trying to recreate or imitate the British Invasion. We are inspired by American rhythm and blues, jazz, country, and the lyrics of Bob Dylan that influenced those bands, and we are making our claim there is still more to be said under those influences. That's optimism.
The cover photo was taken by Natalie Belin as we were walking home from a photo shoot. We knew it was the album cover right away. It captures the loss and the optimism.
Back-up vocals on "Dreaming Hard" by Erin Kerr.
Cover photo by Natalie Belin.
Cover design by Ryan Kerr.
Recorded in our practice space. Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Ryan Kerr.