FRESH: ‘When It Comes To You’ – Neverkid

Neverkid debuts with “When It Comes To You”.

by Christopher Smith

“When It Comes To You” is Neverkid’s debut single – an indie pop track featuring a catchy chorus vocal hook cutting through bright, 80s-retro synths and an edgy, pulsating bass loop. Exuding drive and attitude, the track’s dynamic and powerful vibe is counterbalanced with Neverkid’s moody, alto vocals and alternative lyrics, which are riddled with double meanings and urban imagery from her hometown, Brisbane. “Normally I write songs when I’m in a sad or reflective mood, but this song came from a place of intensity and anger and I wanted the music video to exhibit that. Being my first release, I was also pretty keen to make sure it totally reflected me as an artist and a person, so I’m in shorts and a t-shirt and not wearing much make-up. It’s just me, in a trance, putting on a show”. Neverkid celebrated her single launch at Black Bear Lodge on 20th November and is set to play shows at The Milk Factory and the zoo in December 2019 and January 2020 respectively.

The track’s music video, partially filmed in her garage in East Brisbane and partially at her old university, have so far featured on Scenestr and AMNplify, with the single receiving airplay on SYN radio in Victoria on 23rd November. Neverkid (Shannon O’Brien) is an indie/electronic pop artist. Melding moody, alto vocals with energetic drum beatshs, Neverkid’s punchy sound and alternative lyrics take influence from Robyn, The Weeknd and Vera Blue. With her previous band, Shannon performed in a handful of Brisbane venues including the zoo, the Triffid, Black Bear Lodge, Black Bear Lodge, the University of Queensland Great Court, Royal International Convention Centre, Eat Street Markets, the Jube and the Old Museum – and played gigs with artists including Playwrite, Sports Fan, Dream Thieves, Youth Allowance and Interalia. Neverkid has been songwriting, singing and playing piano from an early age and both records music in her home recording studio and works with local producers.

For more about Neverkid, check out her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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