Never Shout Never began as a one-man band featuring Christofer Drew, a Missouri native whose songs straddle the border between emo and acoustic singer/songwriter fare. A product of the digital age, Drew originally built a fan base by posting his bright, soul-baring music to the Internet. After averaging over 15,000 online plays a day, he made Never Shout Never legitimate in 2008 by releasing his first recording, the Yippee EP.
The Hot Topic clothing chain featured Yippee in its stores, and an appearance on MTV’s TRL helped promote it. Several months later, Drew entered the recording studio with veteran producer Butch Walker to record an eight-song “mini album,” What Is Love?, which cracked the Top 40 upon its release in early 2010. A slightly longer release, Harmony, appeared several months later.
Looking to change things up, Drew stepped away from the singer/songwriter sound and recorded his next album with a full band. The result was Never Shout Never’s spacy third album, Time Travel, which was released in 2011. The dynamic and well-received Indigo dropped in 2012, followed closely by Sunflower (2013). In 2015, Never Shout Never released their seventh studio album, Black Cat. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Dennis Herring (Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse), Black Cat showcased a more dynamic, extroverted group sound.