Now Now / Old Blue Last
The American threesome, come, play and conquer
For most bands, starting a packed out gig with a major sound cock up would be the beginning of a slippery slope to on stage strops and crowd complaints. It says a lot about Now Now (formerly Now Now Every Children) that they can shrug it off with some jokes, and restart the gig like it was meant to happen.
Also, unlike other shows at the Old Blue Last, instead of the crowd being the usual group who are making sure the band is 'cool' enough for them to bother checking out when they're back home, this show seemed to be full of genuine fans. There were some mini-sing-a-longs at the front too, not bad for a group who were showcasing an album only two weeks old.
Brad's drumming had a metronome precision to; the thrash-y fills really beefed up the post rock, chord heavy duo guitars up front. Jess has a silent confidence, and combined with front woman Cacie, the band have one of the most endearing on stage persona's around. Cacie was holding back nervous laughter every time the crowd gave a roaring applaud, which towards the end of the set often occurred half way through tracks. Latest single 'Thread' burst with the kind of energy which has gained them this loyal fan base.
Last time they were over here they were supporting Paramore in arenas, and it's easy to see how their anthemic, clean sound could translate to those bigger stages. Despite it taking three years to get back to these shores, the crowd hasn't waned. They might've been batting off the group affection with comments like "stop, you're making us blush!", but Now Now are going to have to get very used to a lot of love from now on.