Deb Never’s new ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone’ EP is a must listen
The eight-song EP showcases just how much of a musical expert Never has become. Constantly bridging the gap between genres, Never dances from alt-rock to hip-hop and from grunge to pop, without ever missing a beat.
Never announced the release on Twitter, assuring her audience of the EP's "good luck."
She also took to social media to announce holding an "intimate" release show in New York Sept. 7 to celebrate the EP.
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Never’s passion for playing with genre and mood became clear early on in the project through the release of “Sorry,” one of the first singles from the EP. Never spoke about her love for experimentation in music in an exclusive interview with Alternative Press about the track.
“I like playing with juxtaposition in my music, never fully leaning into a definitive genre, always teeter-tottering in the middle,” she told AltPress. “With that being said, ‘Sorry’ could’ve been a clear pop song, but I wanted to make it in my own way, which I suppose is low-key. Maybe that contrast is what makes it have a unique sound, as you say. I like experimenting and seeing what I can get away with.
“I like starting a song in one mood and ending in another,” Never continues. “First half [of ‘Sorry’] is vulnerable and broken, just like the video. The second half of the song is like this healing process, ending with this kind of ‘Haha fuck you, see ya never’ energy.”
Check out the video for “Sorry” below.
Last came the release of “Sweet & Spice,” a collaboration between Never and Jim-E Stack (Charli XCX, Caroline Polachek, Joji) that serves as a sonic pros and cons list that anyone who has ever experienced a love-hate relationship can relate to.
Never began her career experimenting with different bands, later moving from the Pacific Northwest to Los Angeles to make it on her own. She released the House On Wheels EP via WEDIDIT in 2019, drawing inspiration from various ‘90s artists. Afterward, she worked with Kenny Beats on “Stone Cold” before releasing the Bandcamp-only Intermission EP.
Never spoke about House On Wheels in an interview with Billboard.
"I wanted the project to embody me as a person and give people a better understanding about what I like and what I'm like," she says. "Like, 'Oh, you're crying, but you're gonna dance.'"
Although written about the previous EP, the sentiment of dancing through tears can easily be applied to Where Have All The Flowers Gone? But it’s important to remember one thing: Never’s music may be a lot of things, but it isn’t sad. According to a 2019 FADER Magazine interview with Never, “It’s just honest.”
Where Have All The Flowers Gone? tracklisting:
1. “Stupid” (prod. by Michael Percy and Hoskins)
2. “Sorry” (prod. by Luke Wild)
3. “Someone Else” (prod. by Michael Percy and Jam City)
4. “Disassociate” (prod. by Luke Wild and Michael Percy)
5. “Sweet & Spice” (feat. Jim-E Stack)
6. “Funky” (prod. by Michael Percy)
7. “Coca Cola” (prod. by Jam City)
8. “Red Eye” (prod. by Ryan Dulude)
Deb Never tour dates:
Never is set to support slowthai during his Hell Is Home tour kicking off in March. Purchase tickets here, and check out all of the Never's live performance dates below.
10/25 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq Promenade
10/27 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
10/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/02 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
11/03 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
11/04 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
11/09 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/10 – Boston, MA @ Big Night Live
03/17 – Manchester, UK @ Victoria Warehouse
03/18 – Leeds, UK @ The Refectory, University of Leeds
03/20 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy Glasgow
03/21 – Newcastle upon Tyne, UK @ O2 City Hall, Newcastle
03/22 – Liverpool, UK @ Mountford Hall
03/24 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
03/25 – Norwich, UK @ The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA
03/27 – Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff University Great Hall
03/29 – Southampton, UK @ O2 Guildhall Southampton
03/30 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
03/31 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton