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Neveready is not a ska band. Drawing from influences like James Brown, the Pogues, and the Clash: Neveready blends the groove of soul and funk music with the sheer power and unbridled joy of rock and roll.
The band began with Patrick Hallahan, Christian Clark, Declan Halloran who met in San Diego. All three attended La Jolla High School and became friends while on the LJHS Water Polo team. The trio invited Jay Sanchioli to join at the first practice on December 31, 2009.
The concept was simple; play music with soul and feeling that the band would enjoy playing and that would put smiles on the faces of those in the audience. But this task was easier said than done. Neveready was in constant flux during the first year of the band's existence. Various singers and horn players were added and dropped from the band for many reasons including: pathological lying, laziness, and the dreaded "Lead-singer-itus." But through this period of relative instability Neveready was able to develop a strong repertoire of songs and a large local fan base.
Neveready recorded their first four song EP with Declan Halloran (Drums/Vox), Jay Sanchioli (Bass), Christian Clark (Guitar/Vox), Patrick Hallahan (Saxophone), Mike Hom (Saxophone), Adam Vickers (Trombone), and Keyan Jafari (Trumpet). The EP was created at White Horse recorders and was produced by Audio-Engineer Aaron Swanton and radio-legend Michael Halloran. After a few months two more songs were added to the EP; "Trouble" and "Can You Dig It?" which featured Kwame Badu, or KB, rapping over each verse and Kody Knode who eventually replaced Keyan Jafari on Trumpet.
The band made the decision not to sell this six-song EP, and instead uploaded it onto various torrenting sites allowing the songs to quickly spread throughout San Diego. Neveready made their radio debut on 94/9, 91X, and 102.1 all in one night, the songs played first by Tim Pyles, then Catherine Beeks, and finally Andrew Rowley who ended the night by playing a few songs and interviewing Christian, Declan, and Patrick.
With the success of their first EP, Neveready was able to book many shows throughout San Diego at various venues and bars. However, most gigs that the band received were pay-to-play local ska shows. Frustrated by the apparent musical pigeon-holing of bands by local venues, Jay Sanchioli bought a gas-powered generator and an idea was born. Why perform at a pay-to-play venue when you could just set up on the sidewalk, put out a tip jar, and jam? The band found its niche, and began to play regularly in Mission Beach next to the Belmont Park roller coaster. The first time the band attempted this rogue maneuver they were almost shut down by the local authorities. However, upon listening to a few songs and seeing firsthand just how much the citizens on the boardwalk enjoyed listening to their music it was established that despite the lack of a permit Neveready would be allowed to play.
Over the summer of 2011 Neveready went back into White Horse and recorded four more songs to make the full length album "Soulidify" featuring the amazing Steve Poltz on "Screw It."
Neveready is now somewhat separated by college and jobs, with Patrick Hallahan attending Cal Poly San Luis Obisbo, Jay Sanchioli and Kody Knode attending San Diego State University, Adam Vickers attending Palomar college, Christian Clark attending University of California Berkeley, and Mike Hom working as an EMT in San Diego. The band still manages to practice and play shows regularly, and is working on new material for the second album. Standing in the shadows of San Diego's greats like Jewel, Steve Poltz, Rocket from the Crypt, and Blink-182, Neveready hopes to bring joy to their fans through a diverse range of meaningful and soulful music.