When: Wed., Aug. 22 2012
Multi-instrumentalists Jason Mencer, Dulci Ellenberger, and Shane Conerty are all Pennsylvania natives, but they didn't meet until all three moved to the Big Apple. "When we all met, we were all trying to survive in New York, working odd jobs and trying to find our dreams. We somehow decided to travel together," Mencer says. The trio moved to Hawaii for a season, then they headed to Australia for a spell. "At the time the band was only a temporary thing, so we decided to call ourselves Now You See Them because, with all our moving around, we'd assume that someday, 'now you don't,'" Mencer adds. After returning to the States, Now You See Them settled into the bustling band scene in Asheville, a town Mencer calls "the greatest musical community that I've ever seen." On their latest album, What We Want, they draw from an array of vintage pop, rock, and folk. Some tunes fit nicely alongside the Avett Brothers and Shovels and Rope while others, like the cheerful "We Will Never Be Young Again" and the hand-clappin' "Postcard Song," resemble the polite pop of the '50s and early '60s. "The Shirelles, the Chiffons, the Ronettes, Bobby Darin, and Sam Cooke are just a few of our favorites. We'll borrow themes, chord progressions, modulations, and more from the music of that era — and then we combine them with current, relevant subject matters and a modern, indie twist," Mencer says. Now You See Them is on the bill for a 9 p.m. set at this week's Barn Jam at Awendaw Green. They headline the Royal American on Thursday night at 10 p.m. Visit facebook.com/nowyouseethem for more.