Courtesy of Kevin Deems
It’s been an interesting tour for Christofer Drew.
Frontman for the easy-listening pop band Never Shout Never, Drew was injured last month, and while he wouldn’t elaborate on what happened, he said it involved a switchblade that cut him to the point of needing 50 stitches between his hand and back.
Drew’s band has been touring around the U.S. to promote his latest album, “Time Travel,” and will be stopping by Newport Music Hall Friday at 6 p.m., but the tour hasn’t gone swimmingly for the singer.
“It’s healing up pretty quick, but it’s gonna leave a hell of a scar,” Drew said about his injury.
Since the injury, the doctors told Drew he couldn’t play guitar on tour, which has left him feeling naked, he said.
To Drew, the guitar is what made him want to play music for a living.
Growing up in Joplin, Mo., Drew’s friends played guitar, which made Drew extremely jealous.
“I was like, ‘Damn, I wanna do that,'” he said.
So he did.
Drew became a MySpace sensation at the age of 16 when he uploaded his songs to the website. To date, he’s had nearly 50 million profile views and more than 157 million song plays.
While Drew believes the site has helped him to gain loyal followers, he doesn’t want to be known only as a guy from MySpace.
“I don’t want (my music) to be just this Internet thing,” he said. “Now I feel like it’s developing into a little more than that.”
Initially a one-man band, Never Shout Never has grown to include three of Drew’s friends from home, which he feels makes the music more dynamic, especially live.
“It’s a little more interesting than a bunch of acoustic songs every day and every night,” he said.
With the release of “Time Travel,” the band’s whole repertoire is a little more than just a bunch of acoustic songs.
“We recorded (the album) and it came out super trippy and … kinda right where we wanted it to be,” Drew said. “We’re kind of a release-by-release sort of band. We want every release to be completely and utterly different than the last one. This was definitely a nice change for us.”
For the record, Drew said he was striving for a “Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd vibe. This album is his first to use synthesizers, which he has mixed emotions about.
“I wasn’t bummed that we used so much synth work, it’s just not really my cup of tea (while playing) live,” he said. “Live-playing this album, it’s still really fun. It sounds a lot different than the record.”
The new sound of the band is something Ohio State students have mixed emotions about as well.
Elisa Roncagli, a second-year in international nations diplomacy and Arabic, has seen the band perform live and met Drew after the show, but still isn’t a big fan of his older, upbeat love songs.
“The songs are catchy, but not my exact kind of music,” she said.
For another student, it’s the older, acoustic songs that keep her listening album after album.
“I think I liked his older stuff more …(because it’s) more nostalgic and ingrained in my liking for them,” said Lexie Alley, a second-year in psychology and international studies. “I think (the music is) catchy. All the lyrics are relatable to a lot of people.”
While both students agree the band’s music is catchy, there’s one thing many fans cannot agree on: the spelling of the band’s name.
Never Shout Never, nevershoutnever and nevershoutnever! are all monikers the band has used through the years, yet there is no official correct answer, Drew said.
“It’s kind of just however you want to spell it,” Drew said. “It’s free-form, there’s no definition.”
Many people listen to Never Shout Never and see the name of the group, then question whether NSN is actually a band or a single man, Drew said.
“That’s the cool thing about Never Shout (Never): Nobody really knows what the f— it is,” he said.