3 Pill Morning Singer Jeff Stebbins on ‘Never Look Back’ and Rock Thriving

2016-07-21

Story by Anne Erickson

Interview: Philosophy behind 3 Pill Morning’s ‘Never Look Back’ is to push forward

3 Pill Morning have a strong philosophy to look forward in life and never backwards. That idea makes up the basis of their upcoming album, “Never Look Back,” which drops in just over a week, on July 29. Complete with chunky riffs and soaring, memorable melodies, the album offers heavy, big-sounding rock ‘n’ roll with uplifting messages.

3 Pill Morning vocalist Jeff Stebbins checked in with Audio Ink Radio’s Anne Erickson before the band’s gig tonight (July 21) with Thousand Foot Krutch, Adelitas Way and Smashing Satellites at St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit. He delved into 3 Pill Morning’s upcoming album, “Never Look Back” and why “people still love rock music.”

Congratulations on your new album, “Never Look Back.” I really like the title. Why did you go with “Never Look Back” for this album?

Awesome, thank you! We went with this title because it is representative of the mentality we feel you need to have to get the most out of life. We keep pushing forward, and there are always bumps along the way, but if you keep your eye on the prize, we’re all capable of a lot.

I think this album has a great, hard rock attack. How would you say this album differs from your first release, musically and thematically?

This album definitely has a heavier edge to it. We wanted to record something that captures the live energy and emotion that happens when you’re in the moment and really living the song. Thematically, we really wrote about what we were seeing or feeling at the time, and those topics ranged a lot. But no matter what the story, we wanted a certain tone and texture to it to really make the album something that has impact from start to finish.

You’re on the Exhale Tour this summer with Thousand Foot Krutch, Adelitas Way and Smashing Satellites. What makes this tour special?

We’ve been Thousand Foot Krutch and Adelitas Way fans for a while. Thousand Foot Krutch was definitely an influence on early 3 Pill Morning writing. Everyone on the bill just loves rock music and their fans, so we think it’ll just be an awesome party every night with an awesome bill. People can get excited about every band.

Have you toured with Thousand Foot Krutch before?

It’s our first time with all these bands, so it’ll definitely be fresh and fun!

What do you ultimately hope people take away from 3 Pill Morning’s music?

We hope that people can lyrically connect to our stories and feel the layers and thought and musically, what we put into each song. We hope that we’re carving our own space, and when someone hears a song, they know it’s us.

How do you see rock music evolving in the upcoming years?

People still love rock music. There’s a need to have energy and that rock and revolution spirit. While maybe rock isn’t played all over the radio like it used to, there are still a ton of people that show up for tours and festivals. It’s going to be all about the show and experience, and we definitely want to be one of the bands that takes that to the next level and makes it special every time people come and see us.

Courtesy photo via 3 Pill Morning

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