Burning Stars: Introduce yourself. Say your name, position in the band and something interesting about yourself.
Michael Sonbert (vocals): Michael Sonbert, lead vocals…umm…I’m not supposed to admit this but I hate Star Wars.
BS: You recently finished recording your sophomore album in Los Angeles. Tell me about the recording process. Did you do
anything different in the studio this time around?
Michael: Yeah this time we were much more prepared going in. It allowed us to work a bit more independently. We were able to tell
the engineer, “OK, this is how we want to do it.” And on their end, they were psyched that we knew the direction we wanted to take
BS: Have you come up with a title for it yet? When will it be released? And have you chosen a single yet?
Michael: The record is called Dance party in Hell. It should be out around April or May but I don’t have an exact date yet. As far as
the single…it’s between two songs- Wild, Wild Hurricane or The Forever Girl. I love both so I’ll be fine with whatever they choose.
BS: How many songs did you write for the album? How many did you chose to be on the album and how did you narrow it down
to those songs?
Michael: I guess we wrote about 13 or so. We eventually chose the best ten. Or really the ten that fit with what we were going for.
Our guitarist Andy wrote a great song. It was really mellow and pretty and probably would’ve worked for something else, but for
this record, we had to scratch it. In the end it was pretty easy to choose which songs worked best.
BS: Was there one song in particular that you enjoyed writing and recording the most? What is the song about?
Michael: Alpha Love Bravo. It’s the most unique song on the record. It’s like Faith No More meets Tony Bennett. It’s about a guy
who wants his girl to go away so he can relax and enjoy his drink. Except it happens in outer space, in the future.
BS: Who produced the new album and what was it like working with them?
Michael: Tomas Costanza who recorded our last record, did this one as well. It’s always a blast working with him. We’ve been buds
for a while. I think we drank enough whiskey to last us all year. :)
BS: Your first album was released on Indianola Records and your new album is being released on Chamberlain Records. When did
you sign with Chamberlain? And what made you decide to sign with them?
Michael: Indianola was great but it just seemed like that relationship ran its course. Chamberlain got what we were going for on the
new record. You know, less screaming, more rock n’ roll. It just made sense. We signed late last year.
BS: Does the band have any plans for a tour after the album releases?
Michael: Most likely an East Coast thing at first and then eventually see where it goes…
BS: What would your dream tour be, What bands would you chose to be on the bill and why?
Michael: Hmm…Zeppelin, Queen, Maiden, The Cult and then us. J But as far as bands out there now…The Strokes, Buckcherry,
Clutch, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and then us. That would be fun.
BS: Any final words for the fans? Or want to add something that maybe wasn't covered in the interview?
Michael: You’re always really thorough Maureen. I guess I’m just psyched for people to hear the new record. We’ve gone in a bit of a
different direction while still holding true to what The Never Enders is. It’s gonna be a good time. See ya
The Never Enders interview by: Maureen Benedict