When you talk with Tim Jones, vocalist for Dallas, Texas-based rock trio Feel Never Real, he sounds like your typical Southern gentleman.
But don't let the accent fool you Jones has a grip on the whole rock-star thing, right down to playing shows at strip clubs in Texas and Oklahoma.
"All of us have enjoyed those shows the most," Jones says with a laugh. "Especially when [the strippers'] stage is set up right across from ours.
"It kinda makes it hard to play sometimes, though."
Now, though, the guys of Feel Never Real have started setting their sights higher; after suffering some minor setbacks, they're ready to abandon the strip clubs for a crack at the big time.
"2008 is looking like our year," Jones says. "We've been really regional within our first four years, and I think we're looking forward to being a lot more national this year than we've ever been."
Since their first experience with a record label left the band members with a bad taste in their mouths (the independent label they were signed to went bankrupt after recording only three songs off of their 11-song contract), the group has now turned to radio to get its music heard. And they're having some success.
The band's working on deals with radio stations in New York and Kentucky to get its songs played, and, currently, KXRQ-FM X94 a radio station in Vernal, Utah has two Feel Never Real songs on rotation. (X94 also invited the band to perform at its New Year's Eve soiree in front of a projected crowd of 3,000 people.)
Meanwhile, the band has put the finishing touches on its first full-length brainchild, A Taste of Truth. The album, which spans the sub-genres of rock, showcases the lengths the band has gone to in order to please a wide audience.
"When this [album] comes out, there's gonna be something for everybody," Jones says. "Anywhere from getting pretty hard and even chick tunes for girls. I really think we've got it all."
Sounds appeasing, but after a hard day's work (or four years' worth), the guys in Feel Never Real understand that their chances at future successes ultimately begin and end with them and, well, their concert crowds.
"You want to make sure that the people like it," Jones says. "But it's really one of those deals where at the end of the day, as long as we're happy with it, there will still be some crowd out there somewhere that will be enjoying it. And if nothing else, at least we will."
Maybe being without a label is a blessing in disguise for Feel Never Real. For the time being, they can continue playing what they want to play, and where they want to play it even in strip clubs while letting their music do the talking.
"We're definitely going to be searching for the bigger [record labels], but that's not something we're on board to do right now," Jones says. "Right now, all we want to do is spread the gospel of Feel Never Real with touring, and, of course, getting this album out.
"I kind of feel like the rest of that stuff's gonna come with time."
Feel Never Real with ADVENT
Union Station, 2419 N. Union Blvd.
Saturday, Dec. 29, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $5, 21-plus; $10, under 21;
all ages, purchase at the door; call 227-7168 for info.