The Here and Now is an acoustic indie-folk band based in Akron, Ohio and composed of Jonathan Geihsler and Danny Jenkins.
All of this happened, more or less…
You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Here and Now began more as a collection of songs than a band. Writing in the waning days of two-thousand nine, I began to work on songs that were a direct reflection of the place (both literally and metaphorically) I found myself in. I wanted to write simply and in an unassuming (however unnerving) state of mind about what I knew, where I was, what I was going through and who I am. I wanted to write songs which were at once universal in their imagery and acutely specific in their details; songs that were remarkable not in the singular sense but as a whole – songs that informed each other organically. The songs, if I’m being completely honest, wrote themselves. Several months later, I met with old friends and fellow musicians Danny Jenkins and Ben Cybulsky to discuss what I had been writing. Whether it was the alcohol or lateness (earliness?) of that [in hindsight, fateful] night I’ll never be sure but I remember playing the ragged skeletons of songs I had and hearing, “we should record these.” And just like that, The Here and Now was born.
Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why. – Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
As we began arranging the songs that eventually found their way to our first album, a thematic direction emerged. Emphasis, it was decided, would not be achieved through layering or building up – we wanted to strip away and break down any unnecessary flourishes to better represent the raw and unnerving tone of the songs. We endeavored to tell stories honestly and ably to capture and illuminate the sinews of struggle and redemption – in real time. There’s beauty in the natural, whether it is string buzz, an ill timed drum hit, or vocal crack and we wanted to embrace those inconsistencies, those perfect imperfections. So, we called the project The Here and Now in a nod to the present moment – its beautiful immediacy made all the more precious by its inevitable disappearance.
These are the days that must happen to you. – Walt Whitman
Written on the brink and in the wake of a failed relationship, our first album Songs From The City That Destroyed Us is a searing portrait of the myriad of emotions that accompany leaving a relationship, a city, and a place considered and known as home. We wanted each song to represent and embody one of those emotions through its lyrics, arrangement, and performance. To accomplish this we entrusted the recording of the record (and bass playing) to Ben Cybulsky’s able hands and recorded it throughout two-thousand ten at Treelady Studios (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and Chapman Recording & Mastering (Kansas City, Missouri). Songs From The City That Destroyed Us was released on May tenth, two-thousand eleven.
This is what you shall do…read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body. – Walt Whitman
We continue to play regional shows in support of Songs From The City That Destroyed Us and are at work on our second record tentatively titled, Dear Dionysus, Sweet Aphrodite. More on that later…