Boston-based indie-pop-shoegazers The Hush Now self-released their debut album in late October, 2008. After a life changing experience in LA, Noel Kelly (former guitarist of LA's Cerulean) has solidified his life, line up, and track list for his debut with The Hush Now. For fans of Apples in Stereo, Guided By Voices, Shout Out Louds, Built to Spill, even Hall & Oates and 10cc, The Hush Now's debut full-length will easily fit in with your favorites.
So, what do a van, a priest, and Queen have in common? They all added up to one momentous night that lead to the birth of The Hush Now. It was a dark and stormy night in LA when Noel Kelly found himself careening down a winding road trying to drive stick shift with a broken wrist. Unable to make a turn in time, he came to with a flagpole shooting through the windshield, Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" on the radio, and an angry priest peering down at him. After this near-death experience, Noel moved to Portland, Oregon and began writing what would become The Hush Now's first album.
Noel eventually landed in Boston, where he teamed up with Mike DiMinno, Barry Marino, and Kurt Schneider. The last piece of the puzzle was Sir David Newton of The Mighty Lemon Drops. "I had worked with Dave in the past with Cerulean and knew that I didn't want to work with anybody else on my first solo project" says Noel, "He was cool enough to humor me and so we all flew out to LA nearly two full years to the date of my accident to record the first Hush Now album, and hence the genesis of a band."
Since the band's self-titled debut was released to critical acclaim, The Hush Now have gone through another lineup change, with John Charpentier, Mike Witrrien and John Millar replacing DiMinno and Schneider. The band is currently touring and recording a follow-up.