Never Shout Never | 02.27.15

never_me_bees_75Their audience ate them up, and could have listened all night long.


Off Broadway, St. Louis

Friday night (Feb. 27th) was a night of all things “acoustik”! Playing Off Broadway in the Lemp neighborhood was Joplin’s Never Shout Never, with special guests Me Like Bees and Hayley Kyoto. Dubbed the “Mid-Winter’s Night Dream Acoustik Tour 2015,” fans were fevered for this show. Starting with a VIP meet and greet with the bands, which was quite well attended, it was hard not to notice the large age range for this show. From tweens to older adults, both bands are carving a definite niche for themselves in the face of modern alternative folk.

Opening the show were Missouri natives Me Like Bees. Also hailing from Joplin, the band played selections from their Loveway Records release, The Ides. Vocalist Luke Sheafer runs the scale from melancholy to a bursting rage, while bassist Nick Bynum holds the arrangements together like a sturdy glue. Featured in their set was a rocking rendition of the album’s title track, “The Ides,” and a very intense performance of “Lazarus”

Anyone who hadn’t really heard of the band at the start of the show were a fan when they left. The crowd were warm and welcoming for Me Like Bees and the next opening act.

Vocalist and percussionist Hayley Kyoto struts in a “Ferg-a-licious” way. With a heavy beat, and an R&B style, she brought some electronic joy to the stage—a much welcome break from the acoustic strains of the evening. With high energy, and some melodic hooks, Kyoto won the crowd over.

Headliners Never Shout Never (touring behind their latest release, Recycled Youth, Vol. One) also decided to scale things down and bring their material to an acoustic level. This four piece outfit from southern Missouri are certainly making a name for themselves. This was a small, but sold out show. Teenage girls swooned while lead vocalist Christofer Drew Ingle strummed his ukulele. Playing selections not only from Recycled Youth (Volume One), but also from their previous two EP’s and four full-length albums. One thing is for certain—the only way for Never Shout Never is up. Their audience ate them up, and could have listened all night long. The band’s musicianship was crafty and played out well in an acoustic scene.

Overall, this was a fun show, featuring eclectic artists. Not your everyday-run-of-the-mill acoustic show, but one brought superbly to St. Louis. | Marc J. Farr

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