I had a wonderful opportunity today to cover L.A. based NEVERWONDER perform smack dab in the middle of Las Vegas Blvd during the Rock and Roll Marathon.Â With the exploding fountains of Bellagio and the emerging lights of the Vegas Strip as aÂ backdrop, NEVERWONDER seemed right at home.
This stirring four pieceÂ is comprised of Singer Alima Soul, drummer Andres Ramos, Bassist Vincent Ramos, and guitarist Scott Ramsey.Â I could see right away why theyÊ¼ve performed at so many marathons (20 so far!) as theirÂ blend of pop and rock has a widespread mass appeal. Their look is mainstream, notÂ too edgy, and AlimasÊ¼ gorgeous flowing locks even had marathon runners stopping inÂ their tracks. As for the music the songs have a really good soul/rock crossover that isÂ easy on the ears.
The band covered a wide range of artists including Lenny Kravitz, Kings of Leon, andÂ Bruno Mars. All good choices considering the crowd they were playing to. A fewÂ originals were thrown in there as well, but it was difficult to gauge a crowd reaction at anÂ event like the marathon. They exude a very positive vibe, a solid rhythm section andÂ substantial, raspy vocals that remind me a little bit of Janis Joplin.
Loved having a chance to talk to these guys (and girl). In the words of bassist andÂ band leader Vincent Ramos: â€œNEVERWONDER whatÊ¼s in your past, just keep it movingÂ forward.â€ If you get a chance definitely check them out!
National Rock Review conducted an interview with NEVERWONDER on 10/22/2013 which you can find here.