Never Ending Fall doesn't own your typical cheddar box.
When the funky outfit Never Ending Fall rides to their next concert this weekend, they’ll arrive in style, in a retired school bus.
Unlike your average cheddar box, this one is white, not orange. Also, the bus has been renovated and fitted with six bunk beds.
Never Ending Fall, founded in elementary school, is nine musicians in their early 20s. Less than a year ago, three new members were added, creating the horn section.
Based in Fallston, Md., NEF wrapped up a nearly month-long tour in late July, playing in states such as Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
The gang is on deck to roll through to Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach on Saturday. The show is free.
NEF guitarist/vocalist and keyboardist Jack Miller, the second eldest in the band at age 22 (only a year shy of the group’s oldest member), dished on cruising in their school bus, and the new “junk music” style they’re experimenting with.
How’d the band land a school bus?
Our tour manager is actually my girlfriend, Madeline St. Clair, who sings in the band. She and the drummer are brother and sister, and their dad has been the manager of the band since it existed, from about fourth grade. They've owned a bus company in their family for like over 100 years. Our manager, Steve St. Clair, has always had a dream to convert a school bus into a tour bus. He's done extensive amounts of research on how to do it.
What are some highlights of the bus?
The toilet is definitely the lifesaver that we've had during this tour, because we were skeptical about putting it in. But we're so thankful we did. Also, the bunks on the bus are awesome. We have six. We built our own couches, and you can see them right when you enter the bus. There's actually some pull-out, square pieces of wood that are about 2 inches lower than everything else.
You can take the two couch cushions, put them both in the middle, and it makes one California king-sized bed. It comfortably slept four members of the band. We have six bunks. And for the other four people (including the manager), they crammed in on the couch-bed thing. It was really nice.
With the internet/social media, it’s easy for the public to pretty much know where you are at a given time. Do you ever get concerned you might become a target of a burglary, because people know when you’re not home?
We do, man. Our band's house is -- not to give too much information away if someone's listening trying to rob us - pretty cool. We have some cool stuff in there. But we've definitely forted it up. We've got some security cameras and a ton of security stuff. But bus-wise, we really made sure that thing was impenetrable to an extent.
We've always thought about this, because it happened to our friends in the band Stacked Like Pancakes from the same area. They recently got their van broken into, which really sucks. And there's not much you can do. That happened to our saxophonist not too long ago.
Luckily, he's really smart and wrote down all the serial numbers of his instruments and computer, just knowing that it was a possibility that, that could happen. He actually got all of his stuff back, because he wrote down the serial numbers. We're doing that with all of our stuff and keeping a record.
What are the band's goals over the next five years?
We started drifting into a new style of music. I don't know if you caught this on Facebook or anything, but we're taking on this thing called "junk music," which is a combination of jazz and funk. That's not really displayed on any of our two albums we have out. We're really yearning to excel in this type of music, because we were in that reggae scene for a while.
A few members of the bands are jazz musicians at Towson [University]. Jazz stokes us a ton when we play it. It gives us this massive amount of energy and we think it's a really good direction to head into. Obviously, we still play a lot of reggae. I listen to reggae religiously.
But we're really trying to hone a sound and make a lot more songs and jams and focus on coming out with an album that depicts what we play live, because I think that's something we've lacked in the past. Our live stuff really doesn't add up to our studio albums, and that's something that's got to change.