Christofer Drew of Never Shout Never talked with The Gunz Show about the band’s next album, Indigo, and a number of recent incidents in his personal life, and how he has remained positive and been humbled in spite of them.
Drew opened up about his arrest last week, saying that he now has two felonies and may not be able to tour outside of the US for a while.
I was totally humbled by this last week. It was just really intense. I got arrested and I might not be able to go overseas for a very long time, and that was kind of my whole plan for the summer, was to play these out of country shows, and maybe do some time exploring them. So I had a really awesome plan for that, but I got arrested and I have two felonies under my belt. I’ve got like ten attorneys on it right now, so they’re working it out for me the best they can, but it’s looking like we’re probably going to have to cancel our South American tour, our Mexican tour, and a couple other things. So I’ve just been very humbled and I’ve been trying to get back to … I guess the reasons why I still do this.
Drew stated that he’s now done with hard drugs.
I’ve stopped taking hard drugs, and I was taking quite a few for a long time. I realized that it was kind of pushing away the people that I love, and that’s the last thing that I’ve ever wanted to do.
He also commented on the new record, saying that he hopes the album comes out this year, but it will depend on how the label likes it. Drew said they’re working on “I’m Sorry” for the first single, and have a music video and album art done.
Drew discussed at length the difference in sound between his last record and the songs they have for the new record.
Our last record was very experimental, and hard for kids to connect with. I needed to make that record to know that I could make that record, but now it’s about the fans again, and I really have that mindset.
He also gave his personal experience with the Bryan Stars interview situation that resulted in a lot of social media heat toward him last week.
I definitely didn’t think it was a huge deal when it was happening… it didn’t feel like a huge deal … it didn’t feel that hostile. But then I rewatched it, and I watched him crying at the end, and I was just like, “Oh my God! I can’t believe I did this.” It was very hard to know if I was wrong or right, and I didn’t really know how to handle it all … it was a very confusing moment for me.
The craziest part is that after we were done, he was like, “Can we do it again?”
We were just having a crazy day. I had taken acid earlier that day and we were in the studio, and I like getting weird in the studio and experimenting, especially when it’s a mixing day, and I want to add weird effects on stuff… It hadn’t completely worn off, and I was still in this really intense mindset of, like, “It’s all about music! Shut the fuck up if it’s not!” I don’t know why I got in that mindset, I just did. We had been recording since 8am, we show up at the venue about 3 or 4, and then he rolls up.
All in all, I really didn’t think it was that huge of a deal. I thought it was very humbling for me, getting all that hate mail. I was like, “I can learn from this, I can grow from this, and that’s what matters.”
The coolest part, that I wish he wouldn’t have left out of the interview, is that right after the interview, his camera guy and his friend, they come up to me and were like, “Hey, wanna smoke, man?” And I was like, “Fuck yeah!” So I brought them out to my car and we smoked it, and we hung out for like 25 minutes, I showed them some new songs, and chatted up. We were totally friendly after the interview, and I wish that he would have said that we were totally fine after the interview, and we made up.
Overall, Drew is optimistic about his future as well as the band’s:
We know our purpose. I know my purpose is to write songs and to have fun with it. When it’s not fun anymore, I’m definitely going to stop doing it, but I really don’t see that happening. It seems like every day we have more and more fun with it… I love it, it’s been a great journey. I love the humbling experiences as much as I love the experiences that… make you feel like a fucking baller.