Dan Woodfield, Adam Ostick, Tyler Lowes, and Nathan Fitzsimmons are the four members that make up Nevertime High. The band has been working relentlessly on their self-titled thirteen song album that is pretty straightforward pop punk. You can hear influences from band like Less Than Jake to Blink 182 and about six degrees of separation from there. The songs are well-written, anthemic and do exactly what you expect a pop punk song to do. There is no doubt the band will have to swim through a sea of adversity when they are entering such an over saturated genre. The fact that the sons sound familiar to mainstream pop punk is only going to make their music that much more transient.
The thirteen songs begin to bleed into each when listening to Nevertime High from the beginning to end. It’s obvious the band has their tool and tricks (guitar scrapes, vocal harmonies during the chorus, etc) which they use quite effectively. That being said by the time the tenth song arrives you already have a good idea of where the song is going to go and what to expect because the band rarely goes outside of their comfort zone.
The topics the band sings about falls in line what most pop punk songs revolves around. Topics like ex-girlfriends, nostalgic memories of a friend and a million other things kids growing up an affluent suburb can relate to are sung about. Some of the band's best moments are also their fastest.
Take for instance “Chasing Sunsets” which showcases their technical skills and tips the hat to speeds that bands like NOFX and Pennywise would play at. Another highlight is “Dreaming Of My Friends” which has a ska vibe that sounds good on the band while “Walked On By” displays a stripped down but effective song that is one of the more memorable from the album.
Nevertime High contains pockets of inspired moments but also relies on a lot of tropes you would expect to hear. This is a solid start for the band but hope to hear some more components on their future releases that carve out their own niche.
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