It’s what’s guided the Orange County, California quartet—singer/guitarist Skyler McKee, drummer Josh Gomez, bassist Josiah Beason, and guitarist Nate Wickander—to this point, and now, with their debut full-length Never Nothing, it’s a trait they’re not about to abandon.
On its surface, Never Nothing is the sound of an up-and-coming band developing their style, bursting with nervous energy, buoyant rhythms and earworm melodies. But spend some time with the songs, and you’ll begin to uncover the weighty themes the band has expertly hidden inside them.
Super Whatevr’s songs don’t seek to push away the darkness. Instead, they invite it in, realizing the only way to move past life’s problems is to tackle them head-on. They’re songs that force listeners to confront the ugliness in ourselves (“Telelelevision”) and those closest to us (“For You”). They come from a dark place, but they’re undercut with a ray of hope.
From the album’s title (“The concept of the album title is that [what might be wrong with you] is never ‘nothing,’” McKee says) and symbolic artwork (a piece called “Out Of You Becomes Me”) to the songs themselves, Never Nothing is a comprehensive, cathartic work about pushing past your demons on the way to self-betterment. Above all else, the band hope it’ll serve as a conduit for happier lives—and not only their own.