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Changes Ahead For Never Shout Never

of the Oakland Press

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A series of EPs and this year’s “What Is Love?” album has helped Christopher Drew Ingle establish a niche for his recording project-turned-band, Never Shout Never — big enough for it to headline this year’s “AP Tour.”

But the idiosyncratic modern rock singer and songwriter is contemplating some major changes when he hits the studio with producer Butch Vig (Garbage, Nirvana, the Pixies) next month.

“I might be putting it out under Christopher Drew or Christopher Drew Ingle and the somethings,” says Ingle, 19. “I’m over the Never Shout Never name and what it represents. I’ve had it since I was 15, and I feel like I’m growing out of it.

“I want to have a name and an image I can portray where I can be playing the same stuff when I’m 40 and be happy about it. I don’t really want to be some big, blow-up band and get big all of a sudden, for a couple of years, and then die out. I want to be a big, career band and make credible music that can be listened to years from now.”

If this does turn out to be Never Shout Never’s swan song, then it’s at least a good one. The “AP Tour” is a prestigious shot on the alternative rock circuit, and Never Shout Never’s quirky, melodic sound is far different than the more heavyweight fare that usually headlines the annual trek. But Ingle has only good things to say about it right now.

“It’s been a super-great tour,” he notes. “All the bands are incredible. Everybody is vibing so good. And it’s been a growing experience, too, ’cause headlining is a whole different thing for us. So we’re learning how to be more efficient with setting up our equipment and how to interact with a lot of kids more.

“And we’re also learning about being a good headliner and taking care of the rest of the bands and always trying to be a good person, even in the big pressure spot. It’s difficult, but we’re trying to keep that positive attitude and (represent) the tour well.”

The “AP Tour,” featuring Never Shout Never, Hey Monday, the CAB, Every Avenue and the Summer set plays Thursday, May 6, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show is sold out. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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