Interview by: Samantha Toy
Hey! How are you all doing today?
Tyler: Doing great! The sun is out and it’s starting to shine and it’s starting to warm up so that puts me in a great mood and helps with my seasonal depression. [Laughs] Also, we just got off tour so morale is super high. 🙂
Josh: Hey! I’m doing well! Just getting back into the groove of being home for a week or so. Always takes a minute to readjust after being out on the road for a while, but things are going well.
Stephen: Awesome! Hope you’re doing well.
Your single, “Promises” was released recently. How has the reaction been to it?
Tyler: So far it has been amazing. We are super excited about the response it’s had. Substream Magazine did a hell of a release on it and it has had a lot of traffic and good responses.
Austin: It’s been good! We’ve been eager to put out new material for a while now and we’re definitely excited to have a new single out. We’re hoping it’s received well with older fans and hope to make new ones as well.
Josh: The release of “Promises,” all things considered, has been going very well. We’ve been getting some very positive response to the new tune, which is always inspiring and humbling.
Stephen: So far, it’s been nothing but positive feedback, which is great to hear. Stylistically, it’s a little different direction for us, but people who’ve been listening to us for years have loved it, as well as people who are hearing us for the first time.
You all just came off a Spring Tour. What was the experience like performing again?
Tyler: Ugh, it was so refreshing to get up and be in our element again. There is nothing like waking up in a different city every day to play for brand new people that you’ve never met before. It’s an amazingly freeing feeling to get to do what we do, and we are very lucky.
Austin: It was fantastic. One of the best runs we’ve done as a band. Shows were great, everyone was super awesome and into the set, just a successful tour all around.
Josh: Tour is great. I think I speak for everyone when I say it’s where we’re meant to be. Everyone becomes their true self on the road. Personalities flourish and great fun is had. We’ve been playing a new set this last tour, which we’ve been very happy with. All part of constantly striving to build a better, bigger and more captivating show.
Stephen: Being on the road is very natural for us. I like to say that we have gypsy blood. [Laughs] When we’re on tour everyone is so happy, and we get along so well, and when we’re home we’re constantly planning and prepping for the next tour. This tour was 90% new markets for us and the response was overwhelming, so I couldn’t be happier.
What is one item you must bring on every tour you’re on?
Tyler: Oh man, for me personally dry shampoo. [Laughs] Also, toothbrush and everyone has to have their phone charger.
Austin: Personally, socks. It almost comes before sticks and drumheads. I try to not be gross on the road especially since we have a newer, more spacious van to travel in. I probably change socks 2 to 3 times a day on the road.
Josh: One item I must bring on every tour… Other than your basic essentials to keep us all looking and smelling like clean humans, I would have to say my Coheed & Cambria hat. I got it from their last tour this past fall and it has become a staple in my tour wardrobe.
Stephen: I have this pair of grey joggers that I take on tour with me. They’re so comfortable to wear in the van. It’s like sleeping in clouds. [Laughs] Other than that, I have my computer everywhere we go, as I like to keep an account of everything that happens on tour, documenting fun times, maintaining and editing photos, and working on song ideas.
Aside from the single, you will be releasing a three-song EP. What can you tell us about it?
Tyler: It’s some the most organic natural music we have released. It’s very honest and passionate. Some of these songs were about my darkest time as a human in the past year, so it was good to translate them into art that I can put out to the world.
Austin: We are very excited to releases the new songs. We’ll be doing vinyl this time around and I can’t wait to see the finished product. We recorded with Arun Bali from Saves the Day, so automatically we were very excited to work with him. Laying down the songs was easy and so laid back. If we didn’t like certain parts we’d just put our heads together and change it in the studio. It really was the easiest studio time I’ve had personally. Plus, Arun is an awesome dude who is now a friend of ours so the experience was great and I can’t wait to work with him again in the future.
Josh: The EP, while being short in track number is very diverse. I feel we cover the entire spectrum of the sound that has become ForeverandNever.
Stephen: As Austin said, these songs were produced by Arun from Saves the Day – they’re one of my favorite bands of all time. I remember walking into a record store (those were abundant in those days) and purchasing Can’t Slow Down, and it changed my life. So working with Arun and getting to know and become friends with him has been such a cool experience for me. He’s an incredible musician and such a talented producer.
How do you think this EP differentiates from your previous work?
Tyler: Well, bands are always trying to find themselves throughout their career and grow. That’s what is so cool about being in a band. Getting to mature and watch each other grow as an artist, I think this is one of the most honest EPs. We didn’t go for a super polished sound on these songs, more of a solid rock feel that people could feel like they were at the actual show. And I think we accomplished that.
Austin: We definitely ventured down a more alt rock path with these. I laid back on the drums a bit to let the songs breathe. Arun also helped me to “Dave Grohl” parts that needed those big punchy drum fills to let the part have more impact. I definitely went for the more “in the pocket” style of drumming on these songs but I don’t think it ventures too far from our sound.
Josh: Personally, this is my first release with ForeverandNever. I’ve only been with the guys a short time (approx 8 months), but it feels like I’ve been a part of it for 10 years. The guys have truly been wonderful and I feel just as much a part of the family as anyone. I think our sound is maturing and we’re finding ways to be heavy and aggressive without writing very aggressive riffs which, to me, is a great exploration of the rock genre.
Stephen: Tyler, Austin, and I have been in this together basically since the beginning, and looking back it’s very cool to see the evolution of our writing style. As Josh said before, these songs really encompass everything that we have to bring to the table stylistically, dynamically, and lyrically. I’m really stoked to release the EP, and to record the other new stuff that we’ve been working on that no one has heard yet.
What do you all hope to achieve by the end of the year?
Tyler: I’d love to be able to quit my job and tour full time. Completely submerge myself in creativity and this band. I think that goes for for all the guys too.
Austin: Our main goal is to be on the road a lot more this year along with starting to record a full length record. We set goals for ourselves and our awesome management team keeps us on track to achieve them. Overall, we love to work hard, we love playing shows, and we love meeting new people. It’s really what keeps us going as a band.
Josh: The whole purpose and driving goal of this year is to grow our audience. We want to reach people we’ve never reached before, as well as show appreciation to all those that have been with us since the beginning. This band is really starting to kick it into overdrive and we want to take everyone with us.
Stephen: This year my main goal is to expand our reach further than we ever have before. I really believe that we have something special to bring to the table, and we’ve really put all of ourselves into this band and our music. I’m excited to bring new people along with us.
Lastly, what is one thing new fans should know about ForeverandNever.
Tyler: That we have songs for everyone. We have songs for people that are broken, songs for people who wanna ride down the road with the windows down on a sunny day, and songs for people who are going through the worst of times. There is something for everyone to live through in our music, and we are thankful for everyone that supports us.
Austin: We are all just a bunch of bros. [Laughs] As I said earlier, we love playing shows and meeting people so if you are at one of our shows and want to hang out and talk, please feel free to do so. Our fans are very important to us and we always want to show our appreciation for them in every way possible.
Josh: One thing new fans should know about ForeverandNever… Know that we love and appreciate every single one of you, and without you we would have no purpose. Our job is to give you the best music and show we can muster, and bring 100% to every aspect of our art.
Stephen: We are super nerdy (mainly me). When we’re on the road our favorite things to do are going to museums, zoos, aquariums, etc. One of our favorite cities to visit is St. Louis because they have an art museum, natural history museum, zoo, and science center all in one area. Guaranteed if we’re in your town and there’s any of these places, that’s where we’ll be.
You can view ForeverandNever’s music at the link below: https://www.foreverandnever.co