It’s not often that a band comes along and sweeps fans, bloggers and critics off their feet before playing a single gig. That was the case last year after Boston quintet The Hush Now released their self-titled debut. As the Boston Phoenix put it, the album meshed “lush sugar-spun melodies of shoegaze’s dreamy heyday” to “the hooky muscle of bands like Guided by Voices and Built To Spill.”
Produced by David Newton of The Mighty Lemon Drops and released last October, the debut climbed independent radio top 100 charts and drew comparisons to Prefab Sprout, Teenage Fanclub, and The Ocean Blue, among others. Blog buzz and radio play by BBC 6 further fueled interest in the band. All the while, the band had already finished recording album number two.
After a tour of the west coast, The Hush Now went back into the studio and put the finishing touches on their sophomore effort, Constellations which hits radio in the US and UK in Feb 2010. Of the album’s first single, Hoping and Waiting, the UK Music Review writes, “a little Stone Roses, a dash of Guided By Voices, a smidgen of Flaming Lips and a dose of Yo La Tengo; one of those classic pop tunes tVideos from the bands' South By South West performances can viewed at http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=389584408&blogId=530824881hat pop up from time to time and catch you pleasantly off guard. This is superior indie pop from a band well worth keeping a very close eye and ear on.”
The Hush Now’s debut is out now and is also available for free download at www.myspace.com/thehushnow
Videos from the bands' performances at South by South-West can be viewed at: