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Local Band Strives for Fame An insider’s view of The Here and Now’s struggle for rock stardom By Chelsea LaDue

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ince forming in February of 2009, the band The Here and Now, consisting of Joshua Lawrence, Adam Chin, and Ryan Perez, has had a few member changes. The lead singer started out as Alex who also played the bass, but is now Josh who also plays the keyboard; one of the lead guitarists used to be Stef, but she recently quit, and now they don’t have a drummer because he quit too. The revolving door, however, has not stopped the band from its goal of fame and fortune. Despite all the drama, in just a year The Here and Now have managed to go on two tours, and recently started recording an EP (extended play), essentially a music download that has too many songs to be a single, but not enough songs to be an album. But sacrifices have been made in the pursuit of rock stardom; the tour route has been a bit bumpy and recording sessions can be a hassle as well. “Trying to make this a full time deal is a hard decision. Do you have the talent to do so? Do you have the drive? Are you willing to give up everything with hopes of making it somewhere?” Perez, bassist and vocals, said. Sacrifice All three band members had to give up college to pursue their music careers in hopes that they do have enough talent to make it in the music business. “When people ask ‘do you go to school?’ it’s hard to answer. You don’t feel very good about yourself when you say, ‘No, I work, and I play in a band...hopefully it works out,’” Perez admits. Giving up school was a necessity because touring opportunities don’t only happen in the summer, and to be on the road is not only good for your band, but it’s what labels look for, Perez says. The band members all managed to keep their jobs, but things like friends and girlfriends are hard to keep since they are away for long periods of time, they’ve found. As of right now they are not away from home for too long because they are still a local band from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. with a very small following in other areas. On the other hand,

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Ryan Perez ♫♫

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The Here and Now starting from the left: Adam, Josh, and Ryan, performing at the Keltic House in Fishkill, N.Y. on Nov. 18, 2009.

“Tour is a super fun experience. You get to be with your best friends for day after day, and you get to meet new people constantly.” — Adam Chin, lead guitarist


the band racks up an average of 1,200 plays of their powerpop/ rock music per day on MySpace, which, as a small, unsigned band, is really good, according to Perez. Described by Lawrence, powerpop/rock is a pop sound with catchy melodies and choruses. But they also possess a heavier guitar sound that kids who are into harder music can relate to.

they have to pay out of their own pockets to keep the tour going. According to Lawrence, lead vocals and keyboard, being on the road is one of the best feelings in the world. He loves driving to the next place, and getting ready to play in front of a new crowd. Most of the excitement comes from seeing the kids piling in, Lawrence said. Finding a place to stay is probably one of the harder things to do. There are times where they Tour Experience have to sleep in their Ford 12 passenger van. Other times, they had to crash at a fans place. In order to And then there are increase their those special times “Hitting it big is where following, the group when they got to we’d like to be, or else we sleep in a hotel. has gone on two tours. They have wouldn’t have given up shared the stage with many national school for this.” Recording an touring acts such Album — Ryan Perez, Bassist as A Rocket to the Moon, The Summer In order to be Set, Lights, The Morning Of, Goot, Straylight successful on tour, they have to make an EP. Run, and many other bands that are in their When recording an EP, each instrument is genre. recorded separately for every song. Drums “Tour is a super fun experience. You get to usually go first, then bass guitar, then regular be with your best friends for day after day, guitars, then any other instruments, and and you get to meet new people constantly. last, vocals. A lot of takes are involved, so Including playing in front of some people that everything can be perfect to put on the album, enjoy your music,” Chin, lead guitarist, said. according to Perez. There are many struggles for a band on the This EP has taken them about eight, eight road. Getting kids to a show in an area they hour days and they are not even done yet, have never played in is difficult, especially according to Perez. Recording is a long when they do not have much of a following process that, if the band wants to sound in that area. In order to get pad, the band has professional, they must take their time to make to get people to come to the shows; otherwise it sound professional, he explains.

Upcoming Shows—May 2010 May 7, 2010 @ 6 p.m.

May 16, 2010 @ 3 p.m.

Just Surrender/ The Morning Of cd release show WRRV Local Lockdown

@ The Chance in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

@ The Chance in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

May 22, 2010 @ 6 p.m. w/ Move Out West, Weatherstar, and More! @ Vernon Teen Center in Vernon, Conn. May 23, 2010 @ 4 p.m.

May 25, 2010 @ 6 p.m.

w/ Move Out West, Weatherstar, and More!

w/ Move Out West, Weatherstar, and More!

@ Outback Teen Center in New Canaan, Conn. @ Sounds Asylum in Goshen, N.Y.


Even though they have toured and are making an EP, the band’s goal of hitting it big is still elusive. At the moment the band members all have jobs to pay their bills since they do not make enough money from the band to do so. This not working out would be the worst case scenario for them, they say. But still, they’ve given themselves a deadline, although they won’t say how soon that is. They all made a statement that if it doesn’t work out by a certain time, they have to give up and start working toward individual careers, Perez said. “Hitting it big is where we’d like to be, or else we wouldn’t have given up school for this. We work hard at what we do and there’s a lot more to being in a band than picking up an instrument and writing a song,” Perez said.

Photo by Emily Fogelquist

Click here for an interactive map of the band’s upcoming June tour dates!

Band Pages www.myspace.com/thehereandnowrock www.facebook.com/thehereandnow www.twitter.com/thehereandnow www.youtube.com/thehereandnowrock www.purevolume.com/thehereandnowny Email: thanrock@gmail.com Photos Courtesy of The Here and Now

Local Band Strives for Fame  

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