Now, Now release Dead Oaks EP, tour with the Naked and Famous

After recently signing with Chris Walla's Trans Records, local trio Now, Now have released their first new batch of songs today with the digital EP Dead Oaks. The catchy but fleeting "Dead Oaks" has been floating around since we reported on the band's signing to Walla's label back in December, while the wistful "School Friends" was shared earlier this month. Both tracks are set to feature prominently on Now, Now's forthcoming full-length, Threads, due out on March 6.

The EP is rounded out by a non-album B-side, "Shifting," which premiered yesterday via Alternative Press. The glitchy, electronic-laden track is a real departure in sound for the band, especially when compared with the two rather upbeat, guitar-driven tracks that round out the digital EP.

It's certainly encouraging and refreshing to hear such a young band willing to take risks and expand their musical palette a bit (plus, you're supposed to take some chances on B-sides). It will be interesting to hear how much of this darker, electronic influence will actually find its way onto their full-length record, because that added edge and experimentalism brings a welcome twist and texture to their indie-pop sound.

Now, Now have obviously planned some extensive touring around the release of their new record, but the tour dates that have filtered out strangely do not include a local stop as of yet. After rolling through Austin for a bunch of shows at SXSW, the band have a full-scale U.S. tour opening for the Naked and Famous that brings them as close as Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago, but unfortunately not the Twin Cities.

Hopefully, the band schedules a local record release show at the beginning of March (the Star Tribune reported that they had scheduled a March 13th release show at the Entry, but Grimes has a show booked at the venue that night), or comes through town in April after their tour is over. But as Now, Now's star continues to rise, I'm sure we'll be seeing plenty of them around town as their local (and national) fan base deservedly starts to grow.

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