Review of “Cut-Out,” debut album from Eilat, Israel-based band NowAdays
If you know anything about me, you know that bands from the 90’s grunge and other alternative scenes are high on my list of favorites. I was recently contact by an Israeli band named NowAdays that advertised themselves as a band influenced by Nirvana, Incubus, the Foo Fighters and many others. This peaked my interest enough to decide to review their debut album release Cut-Out.
Listening through, it is clear that the band has their own style that is bred out of the 90’s rock scene. Consisting of Sagi Nave (Guitars / Vocals); Anabelle Jean (Vocals); Liron Tzadok (Guitars); Thomas Levy (Bass) and Liav Noy (Drums), the band creates a sound that is multi-faceted. Cut-Out takes you from aggressive rock to softer tones, ultimately giving an all-encompassing sound experience. Central to the album is the presence of great melodies and arrangements, as every song has the right amount of balance to draw any listener in. Present are two vocalists who bring their own unique musicality to the table. Also present are amazing instrumental lines, rhythms, and harmonies (courtesy of a backing string group in various track). With Cut-Out you will find yourself singing the hooks, pumping your fist to the jams, and ultimately having a full-fledged rock experience.
The most refreshing thing about NowAdays’ debut album is that they do not try to “relive” the glories of a past era, instead taking their own viewpoint and placing it into their influences. Unlike many 90’s style bands that channeled rage and nihilism, you actually feel uplifted listening to Cut-Out, even when pain is being discussed. Rock that takes you out of your situation and transplants you into a better place is always a wonderful thing.
You really cannot go wrong listening to NowAdays, especially if you love bands like Mudhoney, the Gin Blossoms, the Smashing Pumpkins and other great 90’s groups. I want to stress though, this band is not a look into the past, but rather a gaze into the future. I promise, you will love this album. So go on, buy Cut-Out and see for yourselves, don’t just take my word for it.