Members: Sam Mountain - Vocals & Guitar, Mike Vacio - Drums & Vocals, Chris Anderson - Guitar, Keyboards & Vocals, A.J. Horton - Guitar & Vocals, Billy Catlin - Bass Guitar & Vocals
Always & Never is at it again, spending the better of the past 16 months creating their latest EP "A Changing Picture."
Always & Never, now consisting of vocalist/guitarist Sam Mountain, drummer Mike Vacio, guitar/keyboardist/vocalist Chris Anderson, guitarist/vocalist A.J. Horton & bassist Billy Catlin, has been relevant in the greater Los Angeles area music circuit for almost two years now. "A Changing Picture" is the follow up from 2010's debut self-titled release, which was promoted through dozens of live shows in the surrounding area.
The band has always stayed in motion, simultaneously staying active in the studio and performing live. The sense of direction has remained linear and progressive when looking at the band's pursuits.
"A Changing Picture" is largely different from the last release due to the frequency of eclectic guest performers who help compile several musical pieces found on the EP. Keeping creativity in the hands of the artist is surely an evident approach and method of recording that Mountain has maintained. Featuring 6 brand new songs along with a new version of Thoughts in Frame's "The Death of Us", "A Changing Picture" has a lot to offer for any music lover.
"Everyone who had a part in recording the self-titled EP was brought back to work on "A Changing Picture" along with a few new faces. There were a lot more hands in the process this time and I think it definitely worked towards making this EP stronger and more diverse," said Mountain.
The new EP also features a special reunion on the song "The Last Four Years". The closing track of the EP was written and performed by Mountain, Vacio, bassist Blake Chapman, and guitarist Mark Reynolds. Marking the four's first collaboration since their high school days in Silence Breaks.
The EP shows the elevation of musicianship, exuding a more mature and developed sound. The recording, mixing, and releasing of the EP was made possible by engineers Joe Reza, Michael Capuano, and Dave Trautz.
In the very short time since the release of the EP, Always & Never have made impressive headway, already sharing the stage with Smile Empty Soul and A Static Lullaby at this years Stingfest in San Bernardino. Expect many more great things to come from this band and be sure to stay in the loop for future show dates and news.
You can purchase "A Changing Picture" digitally on Bandcamp or on hard copy from the band.
Bio by: Brandon Villalovos