REVIEW: Never See Tomorrow, ‘nst’

Words by Sally McMullen

After a two year break since their debut EP, the recent release of Never See Tomorrow’s new album ‘nst.’ has been welcomed with open arms.

With frequent sneak peeks and updates posted about the album’s progress on Facebook, Never See Tomorrow fans were dying to get their hands on a copy and believe me, it was well worth the wait.

The album has a subtle theme of revival throughout, which can be noted through some of the lyrics and song titles including Awaken, Awakened and Follow The Phoenix. Perhaps it is this theme of rediscovery that has resulted in the musical maturity and tight sound of nst. The album opens with Awaken. Beginning with melodic piano, the intro then builds up with the echoed lyrics “watching the world go by.”

The track then crashes into Collidescope, with immediate and heavy growls, which after a minute-long intro of soothing melodies and hypnotic vocals, can make the listener jump out of their skin. The track then crescendos into a fast-paced hook, with aggressive screams and instrumentals.

Tracks such as Break.Start and The Reality of A Dream really highlight the band’s versatility, with a perfect combination of Mitchell Bugg’s brutal vocals balanced against Paul Kozman’s throaty, yet clean vocals.

Despite being a hardcore album, fuelled by heavy break downs and riffs, many of the songs are surprisingly catchy. The energetic and addictive hooks within For Your Eyes Only will have fans head-banging and singing along in no time. Album interlude Awakened is another example, beginning with a simple acoustic guitar harmony before infusing a subtle techno back track before plunging into Upon Wings of Fire with apparent ease.

Hunt The Weak is one of the heavier songs off the album. With chugging, throat-shredding vocals and the sound of a baby’s cry, the song has a fierce and at times eerie quality. With the melodic acoustic guitar from the conclusion of Sky Gazing leading into Faded Memories, the album takes a softer turn towards the end. Beginning with emotionally infused lyrics, the track begins to build through the use of electric guitar riffs, forceful drum-beats and the vocalist calling out “Don’t forget the memories” over and over until leading into a heavier breakdown.

The final track, Follow the Phoenix begins with an insane guitar riff before diving into the heavy growls we have grown accustom to, rounding off the album nicely and acting as a good contrast to the melodic predecessor.

The majority of the songs follow a similar structure, which creates an organic flow between each of the tracks and despite the violent screams and mosh-core sounds, makes the album one of easy listening.

Jam-packed with 11 brand new songs bursting with fresh talent, nst. is proof that the group are way beyond their days of resorting to 1000 Miles covers. Despite the recent lull in local hardcore, Never See Tomorrow are evidence that Wollongong HC still has potential. With a huge line-up of both local and out of town gigs, there will be plenty of opportunities for fans and new comers to check out Never See Tomorrow’s new album first-hand.

Never See Tomorrow play the Hot Damn roadtrip with Where The Enemy Sleeps, Wake The Giants and Aftermath on July 16 (next Saturday) at Hostage X. Say RADAR at the door for cheap entry!

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INTERVIEW: Never See Tomorrow

Wollongong metalcore mainstays Never See Tomorrow have just released their debut album, ‘NST,’ after a long period of writing, recording and mixing. Together since 2006, they are one of the last few remaining bands from Illawarra hardcore’s hey-day in the mid-to-late 2000s, and have proved their mettle with big support slots alongside the likes of Parkway Drive, Confession, Thy Art Is Murder, The Amity Affliction and more. With the album out, and the band set to play the Hot Damn Wollongong Roadtrip next weekend, we caught up with the boys to get the low-down.

The album has just been released, what’s the general reaction been so far?
It has been 100% positive! Which we are blown away with, we didn’t expect it to be as well received as it was. We are hearing some real good feedback from the fans.

Are you happy with it?
We are very happy with it, we put so much time into it and all feel satisfied with the outcome.

NST has been around for a while, why did you wait so long to get your first album down?
We had most this album written about three years ago but due to members leaving and various changes in our personal lives you could say we were “distracted” when it came to knuckling down and recording.

Tell us a bit about the album. Where did you record?
We recorded the guitars and bass in Koz’s living room and took them to Electric Sun Studios to be “re-amped” ( A process where we run our recordings through electric suns set up) This saved us a lot of time and money! All vocals were done at Electric Sun with producer Dave Petrovic. He is a genius when it comes to recording, as you can hear in our album.

What was the recording process like?
Fun for the most part, staying up late, drinking buds at kozs house and recording all the parts. The studio was a mini holiday for us and a good excuse to have a few more beers!

How would you describe the album?
We can only describe it as the exact type of music we want to hear and by the reaction, what a lot of people have been waiting for.

As far back as March 2011, you’ve been talking about the album. Why has it taken so long to finally come together?
Basically, we took our time with it and did all the artwork etc on our own, this all took time. So that with the mix of us being generally lazy left us leading people on with the release date, which we apologise for!

You guys are playing the Hot Damn roadtrip in Wollongong next weekend. Looking forward to it?
Yeah we are! The last one was very successful and we hope to keep up the pace!

You’ve played Hot Damn in Sydney before, and you’re on the bill for their long weekend party too. How does playing the club compare to a “regular” gig?
It suits us well because we all love a beer, but unfortunately the sound is usually sub-par and this gets to us a bit as we are pretty picky with that stuff.

As said above, NST has been around for a while, and continued where a bunch of other prominent heavy local acts – Kohere, Another Days Remains etc. – disbanded. Why do you think you’ve stayed together, when a lot of similar bands haven’t?
I guess we carried more passion and our new album is a pure sign of that.

What do you think about hardcore or heavy music in Wollongong now? There’s very few bands around now, compared to a few years ago.
The scene dropped off for a bit, it started to get too repetitive but lately there has been a resurgence. We aren’t particular fans of the “scene” as it seems to come and go, we just wish the gong had better AA venues!

Any locals you’ve been particularly impressed with lately?
We saw Totally Unicorn the other day and it’s safe to say we were impressed.

On Facebook last month, you hinted something about a new music video. What’s the latest there?
We are mid way through filming it. We have an original idea that involves us acting a little bit. We dont take ourselves seriously and its going to show in this video.

Your cover of Vanessa Carlton’s ‘1000 Miles’ was a huge hit, do you have any plans to do any other covers in the future?
We are starting the next run of shows with a cover of Promises by NERO but other than that we haven’t put any thought into it, we don’t want to be seen as cover band as we are so proud of the album.

With the album release, what’s the plan for you guys? Touring plans on the horizon?
We plan to do as many good shows as possible and hopefully get on as supports to as many international artists as possible

Never See Tomorrow play the Hot Damn roadtrip with Where The Enemy Sleeps, Wake The Giants and Aftermath on July 16 (next Saturday) at Hostage X. Say RADAR at the door for cheap entry!

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