Now More Than Never

by The Nevermores

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Building on the resounding success of THE NEVERMORES’ debut album (Nevereverafter), the boys were able to actually crawl out of their drafty, dilapidated digs in a nearly abandoned warehouse to spend an afternoon laying down the tracks for their new release, Now More Than Never, in an actual recording studio. The “high life” was short-lived, however, as they returned to their more natural setting in a subterranean cellar to do the mixing and production on what some have said has resulted in an even stronger showing than the first disc.

True to form, the band has dug up more “Poe-esque” imagery from the opening pounding of the pagan skins in “Crescent Moon” to the heavy-hitting “Adeline.” This time, though, they’ve ventured a bit further aeld to examine the art of Love Stalking in the fuzz-driven “I’m Waiting,” the maladies of addictive and unrequited desires in “Like a Pill,” and the mercilessly delivered trip of a young protégé in the garage-psych “Lilly’s 11th.” The Journey continues from Lilly’s carousel through the quick-moving, carny-colored ride of “House of Smoke and Mirrors” on to shoot the tube in the surf inspired “Blue Diamond” and back in time to hide from the mean mistreater in the shadows of Whitechapel in “12 Bells.” Veering hard to port, the boys even dive deep into a bubblegum-inspired effervescent sea of saline in their “Tangerine Submarine” only to land back in the familiar territory of corpses, cofns and crypts in the tremo-fuzz grinder of “Shallow Grave.”

With a couple of videos in the works and already featured in iTunes’ “New and Noteworthy” section, “12 Bells” selected for inclusion in Noises From the Hideout – The Best of the GaragePunk Hideout, Vol. 6 on GRGPNK Records, included on several GaragePunk Pirate Radio podcasts and Bill Kelly’s WFMU & Underground Garage SiriusXM radio shows (and coming soon on Little Steven’s Underground Garage), Now More Than Never is poised to pound the garage grooves of this fearsome foursome deep into the skulls of the world’s youth (whatever their age). This psycho-colored vinyl release is a sometimes scary, often amusing, sonic spinning sojourn into the minds of four fuzzy, scuzzy degenerates that was well worth the wait.

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released April 1, 2012

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The Nevermores are:
John Ebert (vocals/guitar)
Steve Marquis (bass/organ/sitar/vocals)
Jason Sanders (guitar/sitar)
Roger Ward (drums/vocals/percussion)

Recorded at Red Pill Studio and South-Fi Studio, St. Louis, Mo.
Produced by The Nevermores and Gary Copeland
Engineered by Gary Copeland
Mastered by Carl Saff Mastering, Chicago, Ill.
Photography by Katy Bockelman-Sanders and Jason Sanders
Art direction by Jeff Kopp and The Nevermores

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The Nevermores St Louis, Missouri

In 2006 THE NEVERMORES rose from the ashes of two previous St. Louis bands, Thee Lordly Serpents and Tomorrow’s Caveman. The band consists of lead vocalist/guitarist John Ebert (Everywhere, Thee Lordly Serpents), bassist Steve Marquis (The Geargrinders, Tomorrow’s Caveman), drummer Roger Ward (the Tommyknockers, Thee Lordly Serpents, the Fuzztones) and lead guitarist Jason Sanders. ... more

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Track Name: Crescent Moon
You been draggin’ me right down
Whenever you’re around
Why do you think I care?
When you don’t play fair?

(Say you love me true)
’Til the crescent moon
(Say you’re gonna be blue)
Every crescent moon
(I have to think of you)
I have to think of you

You been chasin’ me around
When the sun goes down
Well, it’s gonna end there soon
At the crescent moon

(Say you love me true)
’Til the crescent moon
(Say you’re gonna be blue)
Every crescent moon
(I have to think of you)
I have to think of you

(Say you want me back)
’Til the crescent moon
(Say my heart is black)
Every crescent moon
(You better face the facts)
Yeah, the crescent moon

Many moons have come and gone
And it don’t seem long
I took matters where I stand
In my own hands

(Say you love me true)
’Til the crescent moon
(Say you’re gonna be blue)
Every crescent moon
(I have to think of you)
I have to think of you

(Say you want me back)
’Til the crescent moon
(Say my heart is black)
Every crescent moon
(You better face the facts)
Yeah, the crescent moon
Track Name: I'm Waiting
I never thought that you would lie
It’s over now, your turn to cry

I’m waiting
Said I’m waiting
I’m waiting
Yeah, I’m waiting

No more laughing at my cries
It’s over now, your turn to die

I’m waiting
Oh, I’m waiting
Said I’m waiting
Yeah, I’m waiting

I never thought that you would lie
It’s over now, your turn to cry

I’m waiting
I’m waiting
Said I’m waiting
Yeah, I’m waiting

I’m waiting
Yeah, I’m waiting
Said I’m waiting
Oh, I’m waiting
Track Name: Lilly's 11th
She don’t know what I want her to do
Her sins are so many, my mercies so few

But Lilly’s 11th trip to heaven
Went a little wrong—she stayed too long
She was the one who counted seven
That’s when I knew she was gone

She wasn’t the one to be cautious at play
Down the slide—’round the merry-go-round every day

But Lilly’s 11th trip to heaven
Went a little wrong—she stayed too long
She was the one who counted seven
That’s when I knew she was gone

You don’t know what I want you to do
Your sins are so many, my mercies so few

But Lilly’s 11th trip to heaven
Went a little wrong—she stayed too long
She was the one who counted seven
That’s when I knew she was gone… gone… gone… gone
Track Name: Adeline
Is her pallid face as it seems?
(Into the night)
A vision so real so addling
(A glimmer of light)
Hovering, fading
Could it be Adeline?

Gossamer dress floating above
(Into the night)
Could it be the one I'm dreamin’ of?
(A glimmer of light)
Remembering, envisioning
Could it be Adeline?

Adeline
Adeline
Speak to me

Damned again by rumination
(Into the night)
Ghostly remnants of an opium dream
(A glimmer of light)
Wishing, posturing
Could it be Adeline?

Adeline
Adeline
Speak to me

Adeline
Adeline
Speak to me

I stand beguiled then sit enraptured
(Into the light)
Frozen and robbed of my speech
(A glimmer of light)
Beckoning and gesturing
Come and follow me

Adeline
Adeline
Speak to me

Adeline
Adeline
Speak to me
Oh, speak to me
Speak to me
Track Name: Tangerine Submarine
Fasten the mainstay
Anchors aweigh
Brace yourself for a face full of salt spray

Grab the rudder
Dive under water
Even though you know you hadn’t oughta

Packed together tighter than a sardine
’Neath the waves together yeah we careen

Scanning your smokestacks
I’m on the attack
Set your convoys hounding my wolf pack

Climbing the mainmast
Until we’re calloused
And I finally have to blow the ballast

Silent running in the darkness we’ll grope
’Neath the waves ’til you cry “Up periscope”

We’re awash in an ocean of saline
Touch off my fully loaded magazine
All across your latitude I’ll circumvene
Up and down on my tangerine submarine

Packed together tighter than a sardine
’Neath the waves together yeah we careen

We’re awash in an ocean of saline
Touch off my fully loaded magazine
All across your latitude I’ll circumvene
Up and down on my tangerine submarine
Track Name: 12 Bells
You were filled with doubt, but now you're a believer
You were walkin’ the streets, but now you're not so eager
You never realized it could happen to you
At the stroke of twelve you’ll know the truth

They will never ever know who I am, where I go,
But I'm always there
(I’m always there)
(I'm always there)
(I'm always there)

A hand full of grapes and her senses leave her
A one way ride with a mean mistreater
In the light of day they’ll find her there
They’ll look around, but I’m everywhere

They will never ever know who I am, where I go,
But I’m always there
(I’m always there)
(I’m always there)
(I’m always there)

A hand full of grapes and her senses leave her
A one way ride with a mean mistreater
In the light of day they’ll find her there
They’ll look around, but I’m everywhere

They will never ever know who I am, where I go,
But I’m always there
(I’m always there)
(I’m always there)
(I’m always there)
Track Name: Like a Pill
I don’t know why I love you still
To me your love is like a pill
Can’t take your degradation
Can’t stand a separation
The pain I’ll hide—swallow my pride
Just like a pill

When you touch me it’s such a thrill
If you want me you know I will
Your love is like a cancer
I just can’t find the answer
Eats me inside—gives me a high
Just like a pill

Oh yeah you’re nothin’ special
Baby that is unless you’ll
Live up to your reputation
You’re not worth the aggravation

I don’t know why I love you still
To me your love is like a pill
Can’t take your degradation
Can’t stand a separation
The pain I’ll hide—swallow my pride
Just like a pill
Just like a pill
Just like a pill, just like a pill, just like a pill…
Track Name: House of Smoke and Mirrors
From the icy fog to super novas
Studying the ghostly corridor
Reach for cracks in the sheltering sky
Tearing down the minute you call your life

See these hands clench and tremor?
Carny-colored faces peeling
In this house of smoke and mirrors

Turn your faded eyes away
Splintered diamonds on a blinding sea
The seduction of the Minotaur
Forever, and ever, nevermore

See these hands clench and tremor?
Carny-colored faces peeling
In this house of smoke and mirrors

Planted in the cool and dampened earth
Fingers gnarled like roots in the sod
Moss carpets the cracks in your stone
Dirt path across a mound alas forgot

See these hands clench and tremor?
Carny-colored faces peeling
In this house of smoke and mirrors

Mary had a little lamb
And her fleece was white as smoke
And every time she looked in the mirror
The lamb started to cough and choke
Track Name: Blue Diamond
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Shallow Grave
Your actions were foreboding
Yeah, I should’ve known
Your love it was eroding
It chilled me to the bone
It wasn’t like before
You wanted more
Even though I gave
Everything you craved

I tried to make you my own
All you want’s a slave
My love was yours alone
But your heart’s depraved
It wasn’t like before
You wanted more
Even though I gave
Everything you craved

You betrayed
But I still forgave
All the words you said
Hoped you would behave
But you lied instead
Hung me by a thread
Left me here for dead
Now I lay
In a shallow grave

What lies beneath the surface
Ineffable script
Soul cast into a furnace
Now cold ash in a crypt
It wasn’t like before
You wanted more
Even though I gave
Everything you craved

You betrayed
But I still forgave
All the words you said
Hoped you would behave
But you lied instead
Hung me by a thread
Left me here for dead
Now I lay
In a shallow grave

My blind eyes couldn’t see
The portent of doom
Your grip of villainy
In which I was entombed
It wasn’t like before
You wanted more
Even though I gave
Everything you craved

You betrayed
But I still forgave
All the words you said
Hoped you would behave
But you lied instead
Hung me by a thread
Left me here for dead
Now I lay
In a shallow
You betrayed
But I still forgave
All the words you said
Hoped you would behave
But you lied instead
Hung me by a thread
Left me here for dead
Now I lay
In a shallow grave