If you like your rock grungey and laden with dirty fuzzy guitars then you are in exactly the right place with London trio Neverlanded.
The trio of Jaca Freer (drums and vocals), Niki Jester (bass and vocals) and Pete Bloom (guitar and vocals) initially started out as an online project back in 2017. And they’ve just released their debut EP FluffyUnicornsUnited, from which they’re using all proceeds to support and improve opportunities for gender diverse and transgender young people through charity MermaidsUK.
The EP gets off to a great start with the filthy riffs that open up Brainsane. A grungey opening verse ends with a return of the big riff that continues under an edgy, catchy chorus which finishes on repeats of “Brainsane.” A more laid-back second verse is soon blown away with more big riffs and big reverby sound, which feeds into another big chorus. A more atmospheric feel suddenly kicks in with a soaring guitar solo over pounding drums, with the guitars continuing over wild cries of “Brainsane.” Check it out below:
More funky guitars open up second track MesS.O.S. alongside rolling drums, before dropping into a lively opening verse then cries of “S.O.S., S.O.S, I’m a mess” through the chorus. While the pace drops a little in the more laid-back This Friend Of Mine, with looping light guitars between chilled vocals. It soon picks up as edgy vocals and stabbing guitars build towards repeats of “This friend of mine, So insane.”
My personal favourite from the record is final track Scream4icecream, which opens up with a funky little bassline that continues under edgy vocals “Today’s a lovely day, Today’s the first day of the rest of my life” as filthy heavy guitars kick in. A darting riff takes over alongside cries of “Down on my knees” through a deliciously grungey chorus. Check it out below:
On the EP, the band told us: “FluffyUnicornsUnited is an alternative rock EP, so if you like the sounds of Placebo, Garbage, Nirvana, Hole and Foo Fighters you will most likely like FUU. Our fans have shown faith in Neverlanded. Thank you to each and every one of you!”
The proceeds from the sales of FluffyUnicornsUnited go to Mermaids UK, a non-profit organisation supporting children, young people and their families and helps them to achieve a happier life in the face of great adversity. Any donations to MermaidsUK enable you to get hold of Neverlanded’s music for free.
The band have a wide range of influences from the more obvious Placebo and Nirvana, through to Silverchair, The Subways, Refused, Biffy Clyro and The Melvins. On the Neverlanded sound, they tell us: “Neverlanded are more of a collective of musicians, rather than a band, who just like being loud and getting together to make songs and be happy. And so we do.”
And on what inspires their music, the band add: “Life. Anything that surrounds us. Whether one can see it or not. The songs are pretty much pages from a diary of our lives.”
The band are currently working on videos from their debut EP track which, alongside two more singles that will be released later this year, will be part of a short movie – which sounds interesting. And the band has more new music in the works.
As the band explain: “Our first two albums will be alternative rock, post-punk and grunge related. Like their predecessor, FluffyUnicornsUnited, they are a manifestation of our minds watering the magic flowers that our influences, musical or not, planted.”
You can follow Neverlanded on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit their website to find out more about, in their words, “Unicorns and Mermaids sticking together for the kids.” And you can check out their debut EP now on Soundcloud.