Now was founded in 1998 by songwriter Justin Paton with the aim to bring together adventurous multi-instrumentalists who are as much in love with old synthesisers and drum machines as they are with guitars, maracas and even classical string instruments.
The line-up consists of:
* Angela Last, who plays bass, synthesisers, percussion and sings.
* George Chrysostomou, who plays the accordion, guitar, piano & various keyboards.
* Justin Paton, who sings and plays guitar, electronics & percussion.
Before releasing their first album in 2006 to critical acclaim, Now worked with visionary underground musicians such as Can’s Damo Suzuki (a joint album was released in 2007), Charles Hayward (This Heat) & Kaori Tsuchida (Go! Team). They also attracted support slots with bands such as Stereolab, Faust, Circle, Tunng, Psapp, Rothko, Plaid and A Hawk And A Hacksaw.
Now have performed in a variety of venues and genres, from outdoor rock festivals (e.g. Summer Sundae, Tapestry goes West) to gallery based sound art. Now have also written commissioned music for many compilations (e.g. Albino Radio, Two of the Beatles have died, Pie Paper (NZ)) and exhibitions (e.g. Harold Offeh’s ‘Being Mammy’).
Now have released several albums, the latest one, Gold Star Lavender Marriage, was released in 2019.
Live, Now move between melodic songs and energetic improvisation. The band has played inside and outside the UK, including a Japan tour in 2009 to promote their album ‘Ooodipooomn’, of which Plan B magazine writes:
‘Pursuing their offbeat, off-kilter and occasionally off-the-wall mashup of lo-fidelity experimental pop music and uptempo kosmik grooves at the fringes of undergound and overground success, NOW continue to demonstrate the tireless heart of their being is something close to an unsung national treasure.’