Here's a bio our friend Edwin Ellis wrote:
"The band have a very natural working relationship that is key to their stage dynamic. They sound amazing on record, for sure, but their live performances really demonstrate what they are all about.
"There are essences of extreme pop about their music, but at the same time they wander in sweet meanders through funk dreamworlds. The drums are punchy; then soft. The bass a mass of dancing legs and graceful drops. They are not afraid to harmonise voices to delightful effect, or stamp a chorus into the mind's eye.
"The psychedelia is so strong you can taste it. The feeling, the rhythm, the love for it they all so readily and effortlessly expose their crowds to. All the rarest ingredients for a great band have fallen into place by sheer good fortune. They were meant to play together.
"Jonas first picked up the guitar in California, Benny bought his first bass in Suffolk, England and Ben began his drum affair in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. In terms of geographical origins, it's a complete wonder they ever ended up in the same place. However unthinkable, some greater funk loving force has pushed them together in mind of some master design.
"The band was formed in 2006 at the world famous Dartington College of Arts, where all three members studied music. They began as a simple three-piece, full of raw energy. They starting playing by reworking some of Jonas' old songs, but before long the momentum was created and new songs just kept coming.
"It was the perfect platform for three very different musical personalities: Jonas loves playing in 5/4, admittedly sometimes by accident, but he is a very accomplished guitarist with beautiful ideas that shine in his playing. Benny is a class act. He commands the bass guitar; it's just an extension of his being. He plays a Modulus and gets every ounce of funk he can squeeze from it. Ben is a beat machine; an utterly precise groover. The rhythm section entered a symbiotic relationship within the first four minutes of contact.
The Development of Not Now Bernard
"Over four years, the band gained and lost members. At one point, and still growing for a performance to accommodate a 22 piece orchestra, they had Jon Croft playing keyboard, Lorenzo Prati playing Saxophone and Sammy Craigan and Lucy Fawcett playing Trumpet. The band took a leap into the ultra developed ideals of the Zappa condition, and losing some of their original naked gusto, they evolved into a vibrant new force. When the members of the band graduated, the geographical restraints of living so far away from each other began to change the group dynamic, and at present, they are back to the three-piece they began with.
Personalities and Influences
"Jonas is an oddball, no question about it, Benny is the most instantly likable human being ever designed, and Ben is a very tall Scottish teddy bear. Today they form Not Now Bernard. Jonas took heavy influence from the psychedelic sounds of the 60's, and has a very eclectic taste in music. He likes what you would expect an oddball to like.
"Benny has the best philosophy towards life in the history of discourse: 'If it's good, then I like it', and so, for example, he is heavily influenced by Frank Zappa and it shows, but in addition, I am personally certain that he knows all the words to 'Stay Another Day'. Maybe I should scrutinise his philosophy more closely. Ben can play anything. He's been in heavy metal bands and electro bands, but he's more than partial to the jazz groove and can sit on a funk lick indefinitely. They form a bemusing triangle that clicks like a metronome.
The Future for the Band
"The band are currently based in Brighton, England. They are looking to play gigs across the country, and are preparing to release their second album in the New Year. The direction of the band has now been decided, and after much support over the years from crowds across the UK, the group are preparing for a busy few months. Expect radio time in the UK in the run up until Christmas and eventually, for listeners in the USA, a tour is being planned.
"They have just recorded their (analogue) first album 'The Tape Room Sessions'.
"Give them a go. New music right here."
- Edwin Ellis, 2010 (a true hero among men...Not Now Bernard salute you, sir!)
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