Asking Alexandria // Never Gonna Learn // EP Review
Asking Alexandria have been one of those bands that grew with their fanbase. I First discovered them in my years at secondary school, they were one of the most influential bands to my current taste in music with their second album Reckless and Relentless. After not listening to an album by the band since The Black and the return of Vocalist Danny Worsnop, I am excited to see just how their sound has evolved.
Starting the EP is New Devil featuring Maria Brink from In This Moment. Starting out with a classic Hard-Rock instrumental and vocal style, the chorus hits quickly and uses an incredibly catchy hook to pull listeners in. Up next is the title track, Never Gonna Learn, and listeners are given a slightly Country Rock inspired stadium anthem that has elements of an old Western movie score, and while the heavy post-chorus chuggy sections are a little jarring on first listen, they add an extra layer of depth to the sound.
Miles Away is the third track of the EP, and instantly two things are noticeable. Firstly, how much influence Danny Worsnop’s country solo project has had on the band’s writing style, and secondly how similar the song is in structure to Someone, Somewhere. This isn’t a bad thing though, as it adds more depth and complexity into the band’s sound while showing their growth as musicians, and forming the lyrics, as people.
Finally, we have Find Myself closing off the EP, and it is easily the highlight of the release. The quality of the songwriting here is potentially some of the best the band has had since 2011. From the melancholic and remorseful lyrics of Worsnop dealing with his personal demons to the incredible guitar and drum lines that create an ever building and emotional instrumental that perfectly fits the tone of the subject and truly shows how far the band have come since their Crab-Core roots.
I went into this EP not having even a tiny idea of what it would be, and to say I’m pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard a release that shows this much progression in sound and style that actually works in the band’s favour. From fantastic instrumentals and some great vocal performances to the raw and emotional lyrics, any fans of Hard Rock need to check this EP out.
Review: Daniel Stapleton
NEVER GONNA LEARN EP Track Listing
Never Gonna Learn New Devil (feat. Maria Brink of In This Moment) Find Myself Miles Away
UPCOMING TOUR & FESTIVAL DATES
Mar. 30 – Kiev, Ukraine – Stereoplaza
April 1 – Moscow, Russia – Adrenaline Stadium
April 3 – St. Petersburg, Russia – A2
April 5 – Munich, Germany – Neue Theaterfabrik
April 6 – Berlin, Germany – Huxley’s
April 8 – Haarlem, Netherlands – Patronaat
April 9 – Cologne, Germany – E-Werk April 11 – Manchester, UK – 02 Ritz April 13 – Birmingham, UK – 02 Institute April 15 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom
ABOUT ASKING ALEXANDRIA
Since 2008, Asking Alexandria have established a world of rock music that is completely their own. Now, over a BILLION cumulative streams and views later, with a new label behind them – the band signed a global deal with Better Noise Music in 2021 – the U.K-based rock group are readying their next chapter.
Composed today of their original line-up – Ben Bruce [guitar, backing vocals], Danny Worsnop [lead vocals], James Cassells [drums], Cameron Liddell [guitar], and Sam Bettley [bass] – the band has arrived at a place of clarity and refreshed sense of artistic purpose. In the early months of 2021, all five members found themselves hunkered down in a house in Franklin, TN, to write and record their new seventh studio album. It was the first time in over a decade that all were together in the same studio. Armed with a new sense of dedication to themselves and to their fans, they went back to their roots and pulled inspiration from some of their earliest influences and musical heroes – Led Zeppelin, Metallica, AC/DC, and Queen. With time to reflect on their journey thus far they began preparing their next steps forward as a band. With no gimmicks or cheap tricks to fall back on and a renewed appetite for writing together, they fell in love again, with music and with each other as band mates.
In the band’s 10+ years as a worldwide touring and recording force, they have achieved unprecedented success earmarked by two gold-certified singles (namely, “Final Episode (Let’s Change The Channel)” and “Not The American Average”) and three consecutive top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200—Reckless & Relentless , From Death to Destiny , and The Black . In addition to headlining packed gigs on five continents, they’ve graced stages alongside Guns N’ Roses, Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, and Slipknot, to name a few. 2017’s self-titled LP Asking Alexandria spawned two of the group’s biggest singles to date: “Alone In A Room” (60 million Spotify streams) and “Into the Fire” (50 million Spotify streams). And most recently, they saw critical acclaim with their 2020 sixth full-length studio album Like A House On Fire.
The result of this reflection and renewed creative energy is the band’s most cohesive and self-assured record to date. The project’s first single, the poignantly powerful, guitar-driven “Alone Again” was written by the entire band and is a fitting first offering of the sonic journey on which the world is about to join them. But beyond its moving lyrics and soaring melodies, it is a rally cry and a statement of a group of artists who are here to stay and ready more than ever to be heard. The track is now out-streaming their biggest hit, “Alone In A Room.”
BETTER NOISE MUSIC is the premiere independent music label under BETTER NOISE ENTERTAINMENT, a content creation and marketing company that produces music, books, films, documentaries, TV shows, theatrical productions, and tours. Better Noise Music (formerly Eleven Seven Music), founded in 2006 by music industry veteran and independent pioneer Allen Kovac, focuses on artist development and has grown into a music industry independent powerhouse, with a roster including Five Finger Death Punch, Asking Alexandria, Bad Wolves, Dirty Heads, Nothing More, The HU, AWOLNATION, All Good Things, From Ashes To New, Cory Marks, and Fire From The Gods. Partnering with FUGA, AMPED and Membran, the company operates a global marketing and distribution platform with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Paris, Toronto and Sydney.
In 2021, Better Noise Music dominated Billboard’s Year End charts in the rock space, landing at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Imprint, Hard Rock Songs Imprint, Hard Rock Songs Label charts and ranked as one of the top Mainstream Rock Label for the year.