The Now / Islington Showcase Promises Bright Future Ahead

Hailing from South Wales, The Now are a young and upcoming independent alt-rock four-piece who packs a mean punch. Having just released their debut album at the beginning of this month, the band was playing a special album release showcase at the O2 Academy 2 Islington and, naturally, MetalTalk had to be there to check out this promising young band.

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O2 Academy Islington – 7 March 2024

Words: Kahmel Farahani

Photography: Eric Duvet

Frontman Shane Callaghan begins the intimate gig by walking out and singing solo with a dramatic piano backing track before the rest of the band join in on their song Time Is Over.

The Now - O2 Academy 2 Islington - 7 March 2024
The Now – O2 Academy 2 Islington – 7 March 2024. Photo: Eric Duvet/MetalTalk

The Now, who have recently been on tour with Feeder, showcase their unique style in songs like Devil Inside Me and Rockstar. Another easy comparison would be The Strokes.

Theses are short, sharp and punchy songs delivered with an easy modern style that slinks smoothly between indie and something a bit harder.

The Now - O2 Academy 2 Islington - 7 March 2024
The Now – O2 Academy 2 Islington – 7 March 2024. Photo: Eric Duvet/MetalTalk

While The Now sticks pretty closely to this blueprint throughout, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s what Guns N’ Roses bassist and author Duff McKagan once called “Three Chords and the truth,” and sometimes that’s all you need.

The Now - O2 Academy 2 Islington - 7 March 2024
The Now – O2 Academy 2 Islington – 7 March 2024. Photo: Eric Duvet/MetalTalk

“Great songs, intelligent writing, intuitive production, lyrics that mean something real and a band performing like their lives depended on it,” was how Paul Monkhouse described their debut album.

The Now - O2 Academy 2 Islington - 7 March 2024
The Now – O2 Academy 2 Islington – 7 March 2024. Photo: Eric Duvet/MetalTalk

The Now provide a short, sharp and refreshing take on a tried and tested blueprint, and if tonight’s showcase is anything to go by, they should have a bright future ahead of them.

You can’t get more rock ‘n’ roll than that.

The Now - O2 Academy 2 Islington - 7 March 2024
The Now – O2 Academy 2 Islington – 7 March 2024. Photo: Eric Duvet/MetalTalk
The Now - O2 Academy 2 Islington - 7 March 2024
The Now – O2 Academy 2 Islington – 7 March 2024. Photo: Eric Duvet/MetalTalk
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