Joey Fourr has just released his first new material since the likes of 2015's incredible To The Floorr, and since the last time we spoke he has found himself in some rather interesting situations. But with more singles to come later in the year, we thought we'd give you Fourr fresh facts from Joey you'd never heard, before giving you the low-down on the new record NEVER 4EVER.
NEVER 4EVER was originally called YA REBEL but changed name after being inspired by an episode of Ru Paul + Michelle Visage's podcast What's the Tee?... MJ (Hookworms) who mixed it is some kind of audio wizard "I don't know what he does but I luv it".
The song was written around the same time as Joey was recording the vocals and guitar for TO THE FLOORR in Good Job, Bermondsey, a large space for artists' studios which has since been demolished . Inside they used a room to rehearse in, which saved a lot of money and also meant they could casually practice at anytime...they were there everyday all day and night. "It was such a privilege OMG, in comparison to now, where we have to haul all the instruments to the other side of London and pay £20-£40 just like everyone else again! THE LUXURY"!
All the keyboard parts were recorded on his Yamaha DX7 which was then stolen a few months later, a GOFUNDME page was set up and lots of beautiful, generous people helped him raise funds to buy a replacement so he can continue writing album #3 .
Before the end of the year there'll be another single, some real fun gigs and possibly a little tour too. Follow Joey on Twitter, Instagram or FB to find out what they're up to.
Honestly, we were unsure if Joey Fourr would top his effort To The Floorr especially with its mega-monster track My Dolphins and the follow up PLAYY. But then why not? Joey Fourr is just going from strength to strength. Even a stolen keyboard won't stop the lad. So what's new?
Well despite certain magazines claiming the spirit of Bowie in this new record, after Joey himself telling us "I dunno it doesn't sound anything like Bowie to me", it can't be denied that he's definitely moving slowly away from the bass heavy attitude which was so characteristic of his style, to something altogether a little more free.
And by God is NEVER 4EVER free. The bass line is still there, but he compliments it with some other wonderful things. The guitar takes a liking of Mac Demarco and when it's not dreaming and twanging between the verses, you can't help but lose yourself a little in the soundscapes that the mystical stolen keyboard creates.
Pure melodies have always been Joey's strengths. NEVER 4EVER is no different. The vocals are flawless as ever, and we don't even necessarily mean in delivery, but in attention seeking. There's almost a contrapuntal feeling in the vocal melody, and when it doubles up in the deep decibel chorus you really do smile a wicked smile. Flick between "I'm a man" and "I'm a woman" in your head before signing off with "what a waste"...that's Joey's style and it can't be beaten right now.