Now, Now: Neighbors

Now, Now
(No Sleep Records)

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Minnesota-based indie rockers Now, Now Every Children have recently streamlined their name a bit, however there have not been any sacrifices made on the musical end. The group’s latest offering, the EP Neighbors, shows a young group continuing to hone their craft while proving that bands with frontwomen can still rock out just as hard as their male counterparts.

Opener “Rebuild” is a quiet, atmospheric introduction that leads into “Giants,” a track reminiscent of other bands like Tegan and Sara or The Joy Formidable. Their breed of rock is enhanced with synth without being defined by it, avoiding the descent into any sort of electro. Guitars mount, drums are driving, and singer Cacie Dalager’s voice smoothes over the music no matter how clattering it becomes along the way.

“Giants” and “Neighbors” make reappearances at the end of the EP in acoustic form, demonstrating that the band is flexible in its sound. Both songs work well with the full band treatment as well as in stripped-back form, though it might have been nice to have seven original tracks rather than two repeats, especially when the first song is brief and instrumental. Still, Neighbors is a solid, shoegaze offering and a good sense of what’s to come from a full-length release.

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About Casey Hicks

Casey Hicks toils her daylight hours away in an office high above Manhattan in order to afford nights of passionately scribbling. The first song she remembers ever hearing is "Lola" by the Kinks. She thinks this explains a lot.
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