The Hush Now



The Hush Now likely don't match your mental rendering of a Boston DIY band. Put simply, their music is more lush, their members a little older and more ambitious. In a few short years the guitar-pop quintet — founded by singer and guitarist Noel Kelly — has overcome personnel palpitations and comically Biblical studio travails to issue, on their own nickel, two long-players and an EP. Solidifying its current line-up in 2009 helped transform the Hush Now from surprisingly good to reliably brilliant. In a manner similar to the fabled McDLT, the band's je ne sais quoi comes from pairing elements hot and cool, namely the incandescent guitars of Kelly and Adam Quane and the hand-in-glove rhythm section that may be peerless in Boston indie rock. This formidable combination pumps blood oxygenated by '90s acts such as the House of Love or Kitchens of Distinction through the Hush Now's music. The band's third full-length, Memos, drops this fall, but in the meantime they're treating fans to a remixed, remastered version of their 2009 set, Constellations. The collection — augmented with an outtake and a surprisingly potent dance remix — will be offered on the band's dot-com on Flag Day, and the Hush Now play a celebratory re-release show at O'Brien's Pub in Allston June 18.

Jay Breitling

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