Last night was a special one at the Entry. Minneapolis natives, Now, Now, kicked off their Summer 17 tour in their home town- their first show after a three year break. Vocalist Cacie Damager and percussionist Brad Hale formed the band in 2003, and after gaining and losing various members over the years, they’re officially back as a duo.
The set had a bit of a rocky start with technical difficulties running throughout; it was evident that Damager wasn’t accustomed to performing live again. She was understandably timid singing the first few songs, but her confidence and presence grew as the night went on. They opened their show with the hauntingly hypnotic “The Pull,” followed by “Prehistoric,” “Wolf,” and “Lucie, Too,” all off of their 2012 LP, Threads.
“SGL,” their first release since Threads, boasts a more mainstream pop feel with less of their signature cathedral vocal effects. Enthusiastic fans seemed to appreciate the new sound, singing louder than the entire band. They even filled in when Damager forgot the words halfway through “Thread,” and provided wonderful harmonies for “Dead Oaks,” which Damager performed solo.
The second to last song, “Oh. Hi.” ironically repeats the lyric “I’ve been gone for much too long,” and showcases Hale’s driving beats. After thanking the audience no less than fifty times, Now, Now closed their set on a high note with their energetic tune, “Neighbors,” which concluded with what might have been the most rousing applause ever heard in 7th Street Entry.