Here’s a recipe for destruction: take equal parts TV On The Radio, Faith No More and cLOUDDEAD, light the fuse and… KABLAMO. You get a new experimental group called Nevermen – a trio consisting of Mike Patton of Faith No More, TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and Adam ‘Doseone’ Drucker of cLOUDDEAD, also a co-founder of Anticon. They call themselves “neither side-project nor supergroup” and a “leaderless trio”, and say they’ve spent the last seven years working on a collaborative album.
That album, also called ‘Nevermen’, will be out later this year on Lex Records/Ipecac Recordings but for now you can listen to their debut tune ‘Tough Towns’. It’s a strange and disorientating piece of music, opening with chopped and screwed vocals which break into a chant of ‘Go Pittsburgh’ and then a serpent-like voice breathing that “Indianapolis, Cleveland… look like they used to be Communist”. Before long, the dark overtones of dueling political and economic ideologies are left behind – replaced with a euphoric and militaristic stomp that itself turns into a haunting, ghostly break-down that asks: “Can one ever leave the place that they’re from?”
It’s safe to say Nevermen are Never-gonna-write-an-easy-pop-tune-men. If you’re looking for something as darkly experimental as a mad scientist, Nevermen’s manifesto will appeal.