NOWTHEN is the duo with no desire to unplug and
play. It's the ideal marriage of electric & acoustic rock,
but distilled to its essence. Two modern songwriters dig
some of rock's best underdog songs, and they wish to pass
the fantastic on to you.
"One of the songs we'd put on in the car on the way to the local diner was [Tears For Fears] Everybody Wants To Rule The World," Roeland recalls. "That's such a great song and we started talking about how cool it would be to play it live." The idea to devise a special two-man arrangement of Queen's Killer Queen came shortly thereafter. "I used to sing that a cappella at soundchecks all the time," adds Guarnere. "We couldn't resist the challenge to work it into a duet."
In the 80's, the age of MTV, video arcade games & parachute pants, Justin Roeland found himself tapping on things constantly. The boy's nervous habit encouraged his parents to buy him a drumset to help take out his frustrations. By the age of 13, Justin had switched to guitar. Growing up near the Finger Lakes wine region, the antsy teen was left with little to do but strum along with the radio. Though the pop charts were then dominated by superficial synthesizer blip bands, the classic sounds of Elton John, the Beach Boys, and Carole King made perfect sense to Justin. And when seminal artists like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Neil Young emanated wildly from his radio, Roeland's lead guitar playing abilities soared. Having developed a love for strong melodies and great songwriting craft early on, it's no wonder that Justin Roeland has become a very talented singer/songwriter himself. Your Wake is a hazy look at a severed relationship. It explores the kind of heartache that could drive an ordinary man to either want to commit a crime, or commit himself.
NOWTHEN simply uses one electric guitar, one acoustic guitar, one egg shaker, two well-blended voices, and the occasional backing track (always produced by M.D.G. in his studio). Although the emphasis is certainly on their original material, the duo finds equal pleasure in freshly presenting what might be a forgotten hit song or a deep album cut. "Today corporate radio listeners are only exposed to the tiniest part of the past," Guarnere admits."There is so much music out there that's rapidly being forgotten and we need to do way more than just celebrate the last 40 years of staple hits!" NOWTHEN, let's begin.