NOW is NOW Releases 2nd CD

by lucky clarke, scribner news service, 07.01.04

I've been waiting for this album for two years now, ever since this power pop/rock trio released their first album -- "Transitions" -- in 2002; and it's been a very impatient wait, I'm compelled to add!

Made up of Mitch Alden (electric & acoustic guitars, and lead vocals), Neil Carroll (drums & percussion, and backing vocals), and Dan Paul (bass and backing vocals), "NOW is NOW" brings hook-laden melodies and thoughtful lyrics (all penned by Alden, by the way) and melds them with gorgeous vocal harmonies into a sound and style that, well, if you happen to be a big fan of the classic rock style of music, then this group is for you.

The first band that springs to mind as I listen to the nine songs that make up "Days of SUmmer" is REO SPeedwagon in that Alden's voice is very similar to that of Kevin Cronin's. This gives such songs as "Better Day," "Walk the Line," "Days of SUmmer", and "Watch the World" an instantly recognizable nature even when you are hearing them for the first time.

Alden is consistent with his songwriting building finely crafted songs with each and every track, wihile Carroll and Paul lay down rock-solid rhythmic foundations. This Portland, ME-based trio has set a high bar for other local acts to match. Heck, make that national acts, too!

lucky clarke is a freelance writer for the scribner news service.