A classic much to the sound of hard rock comes driving over the airwaves when you plug in your player and head out on the open road. There is something undeniably freeing to the rock sounds that emanate and transpire between the squeal of your tires on the pavement and the driving guitar/drums/bass and vocals of Reid Henry.
Song River: What is it about long drives that inspires some of us to think so much that we have to create?
Reid Henry: Any chance I get to write or play music I take it.
SR: Many will ask, why the hiatus, especially on the heels of great success… however, looking at this from another perspective wouldn’t that be the perfect time to stretch and possibly explore another avenue of creation?
Reid Henry: Our singer Matt got a once in a lifetime opportunity to play with his brother in Three Days Grace. For me, it’s an opportunity to challenge myself to rise with the tide.
SR: Was the intention there all along to take Never Say Die from a studio project to where it is now?
Reid Henry: Yes absolutely. I’ve always dreamed of being a singer.
SR: There seems to be a definite importance behind the band’s name, as we see the words, “Never Say Die” show up quite often in titles, and phrases. What was it for you to take these words and hold it as your band title?
Reid Henry: “Never Say Die” is a British idiom that means to not give up. We thought it was a fitting name for our band. Plus it sounds metal.
SR: The tune “Automatic” has a great hook immediately. It’s rock. Talk a bit about the structure of the song.
Reid Henry: “Automatic” is a robot love song… we wanted to make the instruments on the track live up to the words in the song.
SR: Listening to “Like A Nightmare” and reading over the YouTube comments, one fan asked how in the world you got your guitars to do what they do in that song- yeah tell us!
Reid Henry: The reaction to “Like A Nightmare” has been really exciting. It was one of the first songs we tracked for the record.
And to how those sounds happened? I had made a bunch of evil sounding 8 bit keyboard parts in Ableton that are underneath the guitars, I think that sets the song apart.
SR: Would you class some of your music darker and heavier towards the days of when you were performing in the band My Darkest Days?
Reid Henry: Although we borrow from the style of My Darkest Days, I think this band is unquestionably heavier.
SR: How would you clearly define for your fans where Never Say Die is by comparison?
Reid Henry: Our music and content define us better than I ever could.
SR: Toronto produces some of the best rockers- who have been some of your favorites from back home and abroad?
Reid Henry: We love Three Days Grace, Finger 11, Cancer Bats, Protest The Hero, Dilly Dally, and a ton of others.
SR: How important do you find the technique in what you are creating in this band?
Reid Henry: My technique in terms of songwriting is sort of whatever works… I try and use a fresh approach to each song and allow inspiration to come as organically as possible.
SR: As this tour continues through the Spring in the U.S. have you found more times to pull out that laptop and write along the roads across the states?
Reid Henry: I have 5 or 6 ideas in really excited about and we another 20 or so raw riffs and ideas that we think could be really cool. The laptop is always out.
SR: 2017 has so much yet to live, rock, and roll… What does the rest of the year hold for Never Say Die?
Reid Henry: All the touring… we’ll be out on the road for the rest of the year and into next.
Check out our tour dates at www.facebook.com/neversaydietheband or our band site: http://neversaydie.ca/
Never Say Die:
Reid Henry – Vocals, Guitar
Dane Hartsell – Guitar, Vocals
Brendan McMillan – Bass, Vocals
Mike Langford – Drums
Diamondz Event Center
OUR PLACE TAVERN
The Nestor Tavern
North Sioux City, SD
Shamrock’s Bar And Grill
Crest Hill, IL
St Louis, MO
Diesel Concert Lounge
New Baltimore, MI
The Music Factory
Battle Creek, MI
The M Resort Spa And Casino *
Las Vegas, NV