Yorkshire, UK-based blues-rock outfit Never2Late recently released the re-worked version of “Love Is Wise,” a track from their 2015 album, It’s Hell In Happy Town.
Guitarist/vocalist SteveB explains, “The next single release is a reworking of ‘Love Is Wise’ (I was never happy with the original bridge) as it is sadly just as relevant today as it was when I wrote it. Inspired by a quote from the philosopher Bertrand Russel ‘Love is wise, hatred is foolish…’”
With a number of changes in the lineup, Never2Late now consists of SteveB, an orthopedic surgeon, and a revolving cast of top-tier musicians.
According to SteveB, “I went into semi-retirement some 12 years ago. As a treat, my wife and I went to Glastonbury. It was an unforgettable experience and made me determined to start playing my guitar again.”
He’d played in a band when younger. So, he got out his guitar and placed an ad on JoinMyBand. Initially, Never2Late was a cover band, but when they landed a gig that required four original songs, SteveB started writing.
“The first album followed in a rush of naive enthusiasm, recorded in a total of 11 hours, mostly as live takes,” shares SteveB.
A series of EPs and singles followed.
“Love Is Wise” opens on a heavy, John Bonham-like drum shuffle, flowing into resonant growling guitars pushing out thick textures of blues-rock. There’s a definite retro feel to the tune, vaguely reminiscent of Cream crossed with Johnny Winter. For some reason, SteveB’s vocals conjure up suggestions of Jim Morrison, only more visceral.
“Bitter old men are sending young men out to die / While their children, wives, and mothers weep and wave goodbye / Politics and religion have a lot to answer for / So much foolish conflict and so many senseless wars.”
Dark and dripping with raw surfaces, with “Love Is Wise,” Never2Late blends viscous blues rock and harsh punk political lyricism.