What were the events leading up to the duet?
Never Shout had done a tour in the past when Dia was playing with her sister in Meg And Dia, back in 2009, and we were friends from that. We reconnected because I was thinking a duet could be a nice touch for the Christmas vibe. I just hit her up, we got together and it was super-chill. I wasn’t expecting it to go so smoothly, but it just flowed out.
You’ve got all sorts of things happening in 2014.
Yeah, it’s going to be an awesome year. I’m getting warmed up for it because I’ve just been writing nonstop. We already got the Raw stuff recorded—all the instrumentals—so we just have to do the vocals on that. But we’re going to take our sweet-ass time getting that done. That stuff’s pretty sick: It’s like punk rock; it’s got, like, a protest message to it. It’s riffy, kind of like Rage Against The Machine, but then the vocals sound like Tool. It’s really odd, but I’ve enjoyed doing it so far. It’s just for fun. Literally, there’s no pressure on that. I’m really pumped about the new Never Shout Never stuff, too. We’re just going for a basic, old school, rock ’n’ roll sound. It’s a little more intricate than Sunflower. On Sunflower, I was trying to get down to the basics of the three-piece sound. On this new stuff, we’re going to go crazy with the instrumentation by adding whatever we want instead of keeping it minimal, but still having that three-piece sound, letting the guitar, bass and drums rock the whole thing. We’re going to even it out with some acoustic songs with storytelling. So, I think it’s going to be a pretty nice mix. We’re just trying to keep developing. I feel like we’re getting back to the basic 12-bar blues. We’ve already got some fun songs, too. They’re Rolling Stones influenced, and kind of like the more upbeat, heavier Beatles songs.
You also said you’re making a Christofer Drew solo record. What makes that different from a Never Shout Never record?
I’m looking at it as another outlet to try out some other stuff. We’re going to do some really unique things, like having a slight reggae undertone with a lot of world instruments and a really ‘ammy guitar or acoustic with an acoustic guitar or piano. There will be a lot of changing dynamics, female backup singers. [The solo record] is going to have a different feel. It sounds like madness. That’s why I don’t really like trying to explain it. I’m just going to see what happens. I have 20 songs for it, and I think they’re all pretty cool. They have really interesting chords and nice melodies. I’m pretty focused on making the lyrics and telling a nice story in every song or expressing my views on certain things.
Last question: Where are you going to be Dec. 25?
I think I’m going to be in Joplin with my family. That’s the game plan right now; that’s what I told them. I gotta see my fam. They’re really important to me, and I started to miss them a while ago. alt