Review Summary: Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.8 of 12 thought this review was well written
It’s a beautiful sight to behold when underrated musicians are able to reveal a different side of themselves that completely alters the perception of their worth. One such example at hand is Alan Day, of Four Year Strong fame, who has been patiently sitting on a body of work that never quite fit into his pop-punk outlet. The Worcester, Massachusetts bearded fellow’s downtime was wisely spent crafting a brand new entity, which has slowly found its own identity as The Here and Now. An affinity for classic rock ‘n’ roll, ingrained from childhood by a gifted family, gave the ability to breathe life into Born to Make Believe Part 1's
No expense is spared getting under way, as the opening title track commences with a psychedelic guitar intro, rolling over into Tom Petty inspired crooning before liftoff. Its teetering shift perfectly sets the tone for the rest of the EP, paying homage to a multitude of other convened eras, transferred to an all encompassing modern twist. The unpredictable nature of where things will lead throughout the short offering not only makes the listening experience intriguing, but also a continuous delightful treat. The greatest success behind the massive debut is within the articulate expression in every section of the arrangements that refuse to grow stale.
While this is a major departure from anything familiar fans are accustomed to, Alan Day does a splendid job merging his distinctive selling points with experimentation. In the duration of Born to Make Believe Part 1’s
running time, there are numerous tweaks implicated towards the arrival of talents laid dormant until now. Heavy hitting rock infusions spruce up at a moment’s notice, then calmly retreat back into the realm of soothing reminiscence that call upon the “Me” generation. For instance, the closer “Numb Again” seems to channel a very influential Foo Fighters vibe, as “Keep Me In Your Heart” crosses into Neil Young territory for the latter.
The revere in the freshly incorporated falsetto makes its best appearance smack dab in the middle of the five tracks, and serves as an undisputable highlight of the EP. Aside from the countless additions that’ll surely bring together the once divided participants, it’s by far the most welcomed aspect that exceeded my expectations. Falling in love with this current outcome is made even sweeter since attending a recent show, where I was unaware of the side project’s existence beforehand. Despite the low crowd draw, The Here and Now delivered on stage as if it was jam packed, instantly winning me over with the swarming passion in their performance. The pleasant chat I had with Alan Day afterwards only affirmed such a humble character, so sorely missing in today’s music scene, and is why I wish this man all the luck in his future career.