A Co Local Review: You Never Were Voyeur

May, 2017 by Zack Hill

When it comes to finding new music…

People typically turn to a friend, explore the internet, or go to a show. Now, imagine that your favorite band is out there but no one has told you about them and they haven’t made their way to you quite yet. What a tragedy it would be if you never heard that band! No need to fear because today might actually be the day that you hear that band. I’m talking about Springs locals You Never Were.

You Never Were is a five piece Alternative Emo band from Colorado Springs who have humbled us with another remarkable EP, “Voyeur”.  This six song release can easily be described as a unique collection that you won’t want to stop replaying. I understand that most people throw around the word unique excessively, but let me explain. A compilation of genre bends keeps you intrigued throughout the swooning melodies and kicks in with a darker, heavier climax for every track.

When asked about their writing process Christian Gutierrez (Guitar/Vocals) quotes,

“Take for example the opening song of ‘Voyeur’, ‘Feign’. When writing the riffs and structure to it we kind of wanted to write an R&B song that sounds like a punk band wrote it.”

Definitely an outside of the box concept that worked in their favor. The band released a music video for their song “Porcelain”, a more upbeat track compared to the rest of the EP. Although the song grooves in a happier manor, the lyrics tell a different story.

Talking with Catie Rauhala (Vocals), she explains the defining purpose of the song.

“The overall theme of ‘Porcelain’ is based on my own struggles with body dismorphic disorder.”

Body Dismorphic Disorder is a condition characterized by obsessive preoccupation of ones appearance and their flaws. Now, coming from someone who pushes to bring mental illness into the light I had to dwell deeper into the lyrical content to fully understand this EP. After countless replays of all six songs I’ve learned how personal, yet accessible, they truly are. Catie also shared that she composes some lyrics from poems she wrote, a refreshing way of song writing that shows in the genuine presentation of delicate vulnerability.

There are many aspects I look at closely when reviewing an album but one of the most important are the drums and bass. You Never Were can be considered a monopoly when it comes to rhythm. Nathan Rodriguez (Drums), and Sabato Imperiale (Bass) are no strangers to their important roles. Nathan offers a percussion power house of intense and distinct  parts throughout the EP. A personal favorite highlight would be the bridge in “What You Wanted”. You’ll notice that Sabato carries a lot of beat and even melody from song to song. Notable riffs come from tracks like “Into My Web” where the intros aesthetic hangs on the swing of the bass.

You can find all of You Never Were’s music available on all streaming platforms

The band plans on touring as much as possible and have also mentioned that they are already writing for their next release. For the time being I highly recommend “Voyeur” to anyone and everyone. Keep your eyes on You Never Were, they’ll be making big moves soon.