What may be most interesting about this band is in fact their name. The Now People invokes ideas of modernism and venturing forth into the unknown. Musically speaking, however, this band is anything but. They are in fact a throwback to simpler times when music wasn’t more than a melodic tune crackling over your AM radio.
The Now People is a quartet of gentlemen hailing from Los Angeles who get their kicks from reminiscing with music’s past. The Beach Boys, The Mamas and the Papas, as well as the Zombies’ Odyssey and Oracle all find their way through The Last Great 20th Century Love Affair.
This foursome, Steve Stanley (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Alan “Ruby” Rubens (keyboards, bass), Probyn Gregory (horns) and Nelson Bragg (percussion) collectively come together to create melodic harmonies that integrate the past and tie it closely to the future of music. While this album may not be for those people reaching toward innovation, it isn’t to be thrown into a pile of the past, either. Sometimes you have to take a few steps back to get perspective for what’s to come. Maybe The Now People are on to something with that.