Neverkept is a band formed by a group of musicians with the intention of doing something different from their previous projects, wanting to dig deeper into more mature lyrical themes and complex musical structures. Having just announced their signing with Epitaph records, they’re embarking on the next chapter of their musical journey about to kick off an extensive US tour (see routing below) along with releasing new music.
Recently, the band move towards achieving their goals with their new single “Complicated,” which captures the simultaneous frustration and exhilaration of a relationship that always feels close to working but never quite does.
We sent over some questions to the band – which were answered by bassist Neale DiMento – to help us get to know more about them.
- How would you describe your sound if talking to someone who has never heard your music?
One time I told someone we were a ‘pop/rock band’ and they said, “oh, like Jason Mraz?” so now I just tell everyone we sound like Green Day. Jokes aside, we are both parts energetic and thematic and I genuinely think we have a bold universal sound that has something for everyone!
- How did Neverkept first come together? Is the band still all original members?
Neverkept is made up of Dorian Cooke, Pete Adams, Jay Miller, Neale DiMento, and Aaron Mong. We’ve been playing and writing together for a long time but decided to move forward with Neverkept only quasi-recently.
- What’s the most significant live show you’ve played to this point?
They’re all significant in their own right – any chance we have to connect with an audience and share our music is a big deal at this point in our careers.
- What does it take for a band to stand out in Philly’s extensive rock/punk scene?
I think work ethic is a big part of it. Willingness to set up your merch in someone’s kitchen while you sweat out the week’s frustrations in a basement during a house show is almost a rite of passage at this point in Philly. You’ll meet some really great people in the process.
- What should people expect from your live performance when coming to see you play?
We’ll give you energy and we’ll make you feel something! That’s our goal every night, to hopefully give each audience member an experience, whether it’s joy or pain we just want to connect with you sonically, and ideally, emotionally as well.
- Who is the primary songwriter in the band?
The beauty of Neverkept is that we all chip in. Dorian has the vision and Pete has the production background, whereas Jay, Aaron, and Neale all help fill in the cracks. Each of us is into pretty different genres so it’s always fun seeing what the five of us come up with.
- What should people expect from the band in 2020?
A whole lot more, we have a ton in the tank that I can’t get too into detail right now but keep up with us on our socials to stay up to date with everything going on with the band!
- What was the first album you purchased?
Pretty sure it was either ‘Evening Out With Your Girlfriend’ by Fall Out Boy or ‘Warning’ by Green Day
- First concert you attended?
The Offspring – Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA in ‘03. Melissa Auf der Maur opened up the show, she played a song about horses? Anyway, The Offspring blew my 12 year old skull apart, now we’re signed to Epitaph. Time is a flat circle, or something.
- Most influential artist to you personally?
Individually we would all answer this question differently because we all have our own specific influences but as a band I think we would all agree that The 1975 are a band we really admire in terms of production and musicianship.
Neverkept tour dates:
*supporting Sleep On It, Bearings, and Between You & Me
2/28 – Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
2/29 – The Symposium – Lakewood, OH
3/3 – Pike Room – Detroit, MI
3/4 – Thunderbird – Pittsburgh, PA
3/5 – Asbury Park Brewery – Asbury Park, NJ
3/6 – The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA
3/7 – ONCE Ballroom – Boston, MA
3/8 – Knitting Factory – New York, NY
3/10 – Soundbar – Orlando, FL
3/11 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/13 – Big Room Bar – Columbus, OH
3/14 – Hoosier Dome – Indianapolis, IN
3/16 – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
3/19 – Holy Diver, Sacramento, CA
3/20 – 924 Gilman – Berkeley, CA
3/21 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
3/22 – Pup Rock – Phoenix, AZ
3/24 – Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX
3/25 – Deep Ellum Art Co – Dallas, TX
3/27 – Red Flag – St. Louis, MO
3/28 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
3/29 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL