A ceaseless beat kickstarts “Dead Drummers,” the brand new single from Near Beer. The track is the third single heralding their self-titled album, out July 15 on Double Helix Data. Because the beat ushers within the track, an electrifying guitar riff from guitarist/vocalist Joey Siarra crashes down from the heavens. Bassist Jeremy Levy joins Brent Stranathan’s beat whereas lending his vocals for a tribute to “the scenes we lived between / the chums we shared, and misplaced, and met once more.” It’s a tribute to the lifeless drummers, each metaphorical and literal.
“This one was the final tune that we recorded,” Joey tells HollywoodLife. “The report had been completed for over a 12 months and mastered and every little thing — however with a special tracklist. Our buddy, Ethan, who produced the report, was transferring into a brand new studio and wanted a band to check out the brand new house, so we have been his guinea pigs. “Useless Drummers” was the track we did, considering it’d both be only a demo or possibly a standalone single. However as soon as we bought into it, we simply felt like this track belonged on the album.
“So we completely rearranged the tracklist, remastered every little thing, and now it anchors the primary half of the report. I’m glad it ended up there. It was speculated to be the primary single. However Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters died a few weeks earlier than we have been going to place it out, and it simply didn’t really feel proper to launch it so quickly afterward. Granted, it’s a tribute to pals and bandmates we misplaced during the last couple of years, however once more, it simply didn’t really feel proper at that second. So we made a band determination to bump this to our third single out of respect.”
“Generally songs take ceaselessly, and I’ll nit-pick and tinker with lyrics and preparations,” Joey says when discussing how arduous it was to channel these feelings right into a track. “However this one got here collectively fairly quick. Kind of. It’s sophisticated.”
“Two completely different dudes who I’d been in bands with through the years died inside like six months,” he continued. “One was a buddy of mine from outdated highschool bands, and one was a man who performed in a ton of LA and Fresno bands and was a fixture of our little music scene — Eli. He drummed for this band we did known as The Canine Creeps, however we solely performed like three reveals. Anyhow, there was a Canine Creeps track that has the opening guitar riff of ‘Useless Drummers’ and it was Eli’s favourite of our songs. However I by no means had lyrics or a refrain that I liked.”
“After Eli’s memorial service, which was tremendous transferring and a strong, heartfelt tribute to the man, I felt like I lastly had this one in me, so I introduced that outdated guitar riff again,” says Joey. “However now I had one thing extra substantive to sing about. And the lyrics got here out quick. Warts and all. It’s a rock and roll grief track and, yeah, a tribute to the parents we’ve misplaced over the previous couple of years. The track was recorded and completed within the studio earlier than we’d ever performed it dwell in entrance of individuals, however now that we now have, it does really feel cathartic each time.”
NEAR BEER goals to ascertain this new band as an indie punk rock powerhouse. The band boasts a pedigree, with members enjoying in teams like Fakers, The Henry Clay Individuals, and I Make The Sound. Close to Beer arrives “10 years to the day because the final full-length of my outdated band got here out,” Joey tells HollywoodLife. That report was known as Twenty-5 for the Remainder of Our Lives and was all about quitting music and making an attempt to be okay with that call.”
“So, I’m excited that this NEAR BEER report is kind of the reply to Twenty-5…,” he provides. “We had even joked about calling it Thirty-5 for the Remainder of Our Lives as a result of it felt very very like a doc of my thirties — and thematically picked up the place the earlier report left off, however with the burden of a very unusual decade in between. I really feel like a special individual now, however nonetheless plenty of the songs and themes have a pleasant continuity from the outdated band to the brand new band. And I’m very pleased that I nonetheless have music in my life. I get pleasure from it an excessive amount of to simply stroll away. So, I’m very proud that NEAR BEER helped me make peace with the truth that I’m all the time going to have music in my life in some kind.”
NEAR BEER arrives on July 15.