Over the last two years Never Young have become a staple of the Northern Californian music scene. Formed in 2014 around the songwriting partnership of childhood friends Christopher Adams and Nikolas Soelter, they’ve developed a unique, urgent blend of 90’s punk combined with an idiosyncratic knack for writing angular pop songs. They’ve been described as “Sonic Youth, At The Drive In, and My Bloody Valentine having a ménage à trois”, an exceedingly tight, hook filled slab of noise.
For Singles Tape II: SoftBank, the quartet leans into their pop inclinations, finding solace in bright melodies and clever structures. There’s the immediacy of “Beta Male Erotica” and its shimmering guitars, the simple, chanty refrain of “Soap,” and the dense, churning energy of “Gasoline Aphrodisiac,” ending in the climactic declaration, ‘and I like it’, repeated over and over before cymbals crash and scraping guitars conclude. The five-song EP was recorded in San Francisco at Ruminator Audio with Monte Vallier (Wax Idols, Weekend) with production aid from Shaun Durkan of Weekend.