Here/Now is a post-hardcore band hailing from Philadelphia. They just recently released their debut record “As Alone As You Thought You Were”. Through this record the band combines a driving sound balanced with atmospheric leads and soaring vocals, reminiscent of post-hardcore bands of the early 2000’s. The band tackles on the ideas of existence and the monotony of life. Although, these ideas are somewhat dark they’re able to challenge the status quo and evoke a feeling of hope. Read down below to see what the band has to say about their latest release and stay tuned for their first music video premiering here with us at Cherry Pit Mag this weekend.
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Cherry Pit Mag: We’re here with Here/Now, a band that combines their Philadelphia upbringing with post hardcore roots to create honest music and inspire genuine feeling. Could you all introduce yourselves for our readers?
Edd: I’m the drummer.
Nino: I play bass and backup vocals.
Pat: I play guitar and sing.
Adam: I play guitar.
CPM: So Here/Now has been a project in the works for the past two years, could you tell us how that came about?
Pat: It was about four years ago when my last serious band ended. I began jamming with people immediately after that. I was figuring out how to sing, and in the meantime I was in SWARMS for a bit and then left once I felt this was ready to get going. I wasn’t personally ready to be a singer yet. So it was a lot of trial and error.
Nino: I was doing a powerviolence band at the time. I had known Pat previously when our old bands used to play together so we kept in contact. That band I was in was ending and I was looking for something. I just wanted play, I didn’t care what music it was. I was listening to the band “Emery” for some reason and it reminded me of Pat. I texted him about how we should jam and he said, “Yeah! My buddy Edd plays drums.” I actually didn’t know who Edd was until I saw him when we first jammed.
Edd: Which was funny because we had met around forty times before that. I was like, “Oh hey! What’s up Nino!”
Nino: I’ll never forget that first jam. When I got into the car I was like, “Oh! That guy!” I just didn’t know Edd’s name.
Pat: Before that though, I had nagged Edd to start a band for a while. We kept putting it off until he agreed to come together and jam which was around the same time frame that Nino said we should jam sometime. Edd and I had a few goes at it.
Edd: For two months. I would say we jammed around five times over those couple months.
Pat: Yeah we had two rough ideas which turned out to be “Don’t Move” and “Wicked Ones”. They barely resembled what they sound like now. We showed it to Nino and we jammed a little bit and got familiar with each other.
Nino: I remember the very first song they showed me was “Don’t Move” and like Pat was saying, it was different. It had different vocals, but that beginning riff has been the same since day one. From then on there was a lot of chemistry and we were very comfortable playing with each other. The chemistry was really awesome because it was like the music that we grew up listening to.
Pat: We definitely wanted another guitar player; we wanted two even.
Edd: We hit up Adam first but at the time he was unavailable because he was still in “Witch Fist”. We had three or four randos in a row and they just didn’t work out. We had wanted someone who would really jive with our sound. Jive.
Pat: Gel, I like that better. We hit Adam up a second time and Adam was the perfect fit immediately, and it just became a matter of making our schedules work.
Edd: That was the best part about Adam. The first time we played with Adam we showed him what we had. He goes, “Okay” and he just spends a minute and comes up with a lick. It was absolutely what we were looking for.
CPM: One of the bands that comes to mind when listening to Here/Now is “Thrice”. Could you all actually talk about your influences that shaped Here/Now?
Pat: Haha I love that people say that so much, because for us, our biggest influences were “Circa Survive”, “Thrice”, “As Cities Burn” and “The Receiving End of Sirens” etc.
Pat: Two of the four members of the band have “Thrice” tattoos.
Edd: Yeah I have two “Thrice” tattoos. I’m a huge fan of their music. I was 16 and I had never focused on any particular genre. That’s when I met Pat. He’s one of my oldest friends, probably my oldest friend. Pat showed me “Thrice” and I just never looked back.
Nino: I have a “Thrice” tattoo as well, one of my all time favorite bands.
CPM: Could you guys talk about some of the difficulties you’ve had writing songs for “As Alone As You Thought You Were”?
Edd: For me “Exist” was on the chopping block. It was mainly because after we had recorded it I wasn’t feeling it for a while. I loved the way it sounds recorded. I’m just a weirdo sometimes when it comes to playing live. What I really thrive on is really feeling myself. I throw myself into my kit and my sound. For “Exist” I just wasn’t feeling it. I can play it now without any problem and it wasn’t even an ability thing it was just more of a feel and I’m over that now.
Pat: “Exist” had a few forms. We messed around with it a lot especially the chorus. We knew what we wanted it to be but had a hard time getting it there.
Nino: For me personally it was a really “light” song. At the time we had around four to five songs under our belt which were more angsty and in your face. So at the time we felt that this song was “weird” to us.
Pat: We probably had written around 10-11 songs and recorded what we have now on “As Alone As You Thought You Were”. Yeah I think it was just about finding what was how to be the truest to ourselves and our sound was really the hurdle. You know how sometimes you’re trying to be something when you write a riff or a part and sometimes it doesn’t work out. Eventually everything we kept is because that boiled down to be “us”.
Nino: But yeah other than that the writing process was pretty much, Pat would send us stuff every week he’d send it through a voice memo/group text. At practice we would go over it and we’d play the shit out of it. The cool thing about this band is that we’d come up with ideas and we’d pull from it. Whenever it happens, I’m usually good with my first idea but Pat’s like a master at it. He’ll come up with a cool idea but then it’ll turn into something different at the end of it and that’s an awesome thing to see happen. We just don’t want to settle for less and the biggest thing is we could always do better and it’s cool to see that happen in this album. We messed with things a lot. Some parts have been the same since day one and some parts go through this transformation and by the end of it we have what’s on the album.
CPM: Thematically the songs have a lot in common. What’s your message and what’s the idea behind your songs.
Pat: It boils down to one core theme. For the most part we’re all from the inner city of Philadelphia. There’s a lot of days where I’d be going about my day and you see the people that walk the streets mid-day who don’t really have a purpose.
Adam: They sort of just exist.
Pat: They walk around the corner get scratch offs and a lot of the people are on too much medication. They go home watch some bullshit TV and that’s the everyday for them. I guess you could say that it’s almost a fear that I’ve always had, that I’d grow up to be like these people if I didn’t find something better for me to do. A lot of that shines through in our songs like “Wicked Ones”, “Exist” and “Bones”. It’s pretty much about living up to your potential and making use of the time that you’re granted.
Nino: Adding on to Pat’s description just seeing how most people just give up and feel that just going to work then going home is it. They may feel that’s all they’re good for but never push to get out of that state of mind and actually go somewhere in their lives.
Edd: I understand that feeling. I used to be in another band with some friends and we played some shows. I helped write the music in my previous band and it was a big part of my life for a couple years. Then I just wanted to finish college and I focused on that but then I became that guy that was just like “Yeah I’m just hanging out, playing some videogames.” And it really doesn’t feel good to be just like that. So it’s kind of fitting that I’m doing this now. I just love playing with these guys.
Nino: It’s very uplifting every day because we’re all very motivated. We have our strengths and weaknesses in the band but we all come together and we all get excited about new ideas and the direction of the band. It’s just awesome to see that we have this love for music and we just want to play and get out there. As cheesy as it sounds this is something we wanted to do.
CPM: Are you guys working on any new songs?
Adam: Yeah, we’re working on a new record.
Edd: Yeah I’m actually excited about it because it’s the first time the four of us are writing every part of it together.
Adam: Yeah on the past record I kind of came in laid down some parts over the stuff. On this go around I’m getting to be part of the process.
Pat: We’re shooting for ten songs by October and start recording then. We’re almost three in, we’re trying to be as productive with “As Alone As You Thought You Were” but also working on new songs. Whatever we do next is going to be better cause we really know each other now and we’re working it out together.
CPM: Will the new record continue on the same themes we previously talked about?
Pat: Thematically the songs will carry on the same ideas as “As Alone As You Thought You Were”. There’s a lot of existentialism in the newer songs but the ideas won’t change too much.