NEVERFRIEND

Band

THE STORY

Strong vocal melodies, hard hitting sound, and honest-to-the-bone songs about strength and survival…this is Neverfriend.

Fraser first founded the band back in 2006 with his wife Gina. They hit Ottawa’s Big Money Shot contest that same year (under another band name) and received airplay for their flagship song “Naughty in the Dark”. Learning from the experience, they adjusted their band strategy, added seasoned musician Mike who shares the same drive and passion for their craft, refocused their song writing direction to discuss heart-felt topics like addiction, strength gained through pain, courage to love, and survival, with even more gut-wrenching honesty, and adopted a harder, heavier sound with alternative rock, metal, and punk influences.


Gina (Vocals & Guitar)

Born in Montreal, raised in the tough streets of Montreal and Mexico City, she has seen it all.  An only child with anger and pain as a sidekick, she found music as her outlet.  From teaching herself the piano at 11, to weekly opera lessons as a teenager, to rocking out with her guitar to block out the parental screaming, Gina has fronted several bands in Montreal and Ottawa but none were the right outlet for her.  Now she has emerged as a tour de force for Neverfriend.  Her original lyrics and presence, reflective of the chaos she was witness to and the strength it took to survive it, dramatically shape the sound and energy of Neverfriend that you hear today.

Fraser (Guitar)

A local boy, born in Ottawa and raised on the crazy.  Enduring piano lessons at age six with various masochists for instructors, life changed once his fingers touched a cello. From then on stringed instruments were his passion.  Playing in too many cover bands to count, he found only minimal satisfaction in playing other peoples music in bars, festivals and parties.  Finally he decided a change was in order: creating not replicating.   Fraser founded his first original band Stereovision with his wife Gina, which later became Neverfriend, and he finally found what he was after: aggressive music infused with emotion and heavy riffs.

Mike (Drums & Backing vocals)

A native of Ottawa, Mike joined the Neverfriend camp in the summer of 2011.  With a background in many different musical genres – everything from jazz to black metal – he responded to the band’s edgy, hard rock influences as well as being drawn to its energy.  Originally starting out as a saxophone player during high school, he gradually fell to the dark side, and after nine years of playing saxophone, picked up drums.  Now 11 years later, complete with studios, jam sessions, and many bands, he has been abusing his ear drums ever since, breaking drum sticks, cymbals and his own musical barriers, and is now happy doing so with the band.

Dan (Bass & Backing vocals)

After making a small fortune in the shag carpet boom of the late 70s, Dan spends most of his time these days focusing on his passion for music.  He plays guitar as well as bass, and strongly believes that if you’ve ever held up a line at a convenience store because of lotto tickets, you should feel bad about it.  We’ve put together a list of his favourite foods: whiskey.  He insists that his hobbies include whitewater rafting, skydiving, and riverboat gambling, despite having never done any of those things. He often pretends to be crazy so no one sits next to him on the bus.

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