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Singles Tape II: SoftBank

by Never Young

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Over the last two years Never Young have become a staple of the Northern Californian music scene. Formed in 2014 around the song-writing 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. Nikolas Escudero and Samuelito Cruz fill out the low end on bass guitar and drums with fierce and deliberate tact. 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 climatic 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. Singles Tape II: SoftBank will be released on October 14, 2016 via Father/Daughter Records.

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released October 14, 2016

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Track Name: In A Spin
You and I are the same
two halves of a whole
Both caught in a spin
halves that pull and bend

Our spirits must be kindred
bc I know we’ll never learn
I must love you in rotations
I just turn and turn and turn

If we're cut from the same cloth then
You are bleached of all my stains
You are always in my mirror
but we'll never be the same

you’re so good
I never meant to make you guilty
you’re so good

I am his and he is mine
we’re the same just misaligned
flag waves in the wind now
brings it up just to take it down

She is mine and I am hers now
Blew a kiss and watched it bend
Do you hope this same pain finds you once more and again

Bending halves that seek to pull into two
I watch them separate, brief and complete
pull, pull, pull
I watch them separate and pull into two

and he asks me to write it on the back
so no one sees what I’ve chosen to confess
I ask him - if he can tell that - im scared ill never -
know a whole from forms so brief and incomplete
i write it on the back and he knows what i mean
Track Name: Beta Male Erotica
Sad things start to resonate the romance washed away
I'm choking on misogyny while the singer masturbates
Physicality was never sexy enough so you hide behind millennial plight
Bad boys come and go but you're a different type of stain

In love with your erotica
Your secrets get you hard
Lonely in your bed and in your heart
Tell me tell me are you suffering
Baby I really wanna know
Love evades you so desperately
But does the pain outweigh the burn? No
You're in love with your erotica and your secrets get you hard

Stuck around past midnight guess you never really learned
That every worm wants desperately to never leave the dirt
Caught you reading Nietzsche at a house party
I caught you begging for someone to care
I think I rolled my eyes into another life that night

In love with your erotica
Your secrets get you hard
Lonely on your phone and in your heart
You're in love with your erotica and your secrets get you hard
Track Name: Soap
I wash it out with soap
to feel more comfortable / light came into my home
Looked through the bullet hole
the blood went through my clothes

fear and power
two petals of the same flower
i look down, into the hole, to see how far it goes
its an ambient pain, a killer, i think anyway
a darkening stain, so far anyway

I wash it out with soap
to feel more comfortable / light came into my home
Looked through the bullet hole
the blood went through my clothes

porcelain, i pour some in, i keep the water hot
i think about, where bodies go, when they get shot
its an ambient pain,i think anyway
a darkening stain, so far anyway

I wash it out with soap
to feel more comfortable / light came into my home
Looked through the bullet hole
the blood went through my clothes
Track Name: Gasoline Aphrodisiac
Two not the same
turning over inside of me
One likes the taste
the other hates the durian
i know i know, he said pleasure will outweigh pain
outweigh the pain

we go for a drive
our favorite spot
looking down - i feel the pull of the incline
and i like it

Ritual and routine
you’re acting to much like yourself
all of your faults
they’re stacked high by the fire
he says “i’ve got the cure, for everything that hurts”
i know you think you’re bound to your pain
bound to the pain

we go for a drive
our favorite spot
looking down - i feel the pull of the incline
i sip the oil

he covers it in gasoline
lights a flame it sets him free

we go for a drive
our favorite spot
looking down - i feel the pull of the incline
and i like it
Track Name: Glass Pendant
I could waste all my time wondering
if you know you’re whole and total to me

the city feels like a nightmare
and your home town’s full of shit
I only get one body, think I might as well use it
I wanna fuck somebody over and I wanna get fucked with to
I just want you to know I want you

Until this moment, I'm your glass pendant
Come take me closer, I'm your glass pendant
I’ll pull you out from yourself
And let our own world become

Don’t ever waste your time wondering
if you know you're whole and total to me

I found it sobering yet kind of trite
That I would give myself entirely to believing
Nothings truly sweet without you

Until this moment, I'm your glass pendant
Come take me closer, I'm your glass pendant
I’ll pull you out from yourself
And let our own world become