8 p.m., Oct. 19, The Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden, $10, (203) 288-6400, http://www.thespace.tk.
Back in the halcyon days of 2009, Cacie Dalager and Bradley Hale were conducting their duo business — which began when they were in high school — as Now, Now Every Children, a grammatically twisted phrase that resulted from an online communication typo.
After a couple of EPs the previous year, NNEC scored an indie hit with its debut full-length, Cars, leading to the addition of second guitarist Jess Abbott and numerous high-profile opening slots. During some of these gigs, Dalager decided a name change might be in order.
"People had been calling us that anyway," says Dalager. "We would be opening, and people from the audience would be like, 'What are you guys called?' And we'd go, 'Now, Now Every Children.' And they'd be like, 'What?' And it would go back and forth, so we just decided after years of 'What? What? What?' that we'd make it easier on ourselves and everyone else. We wanted to start fresh with us as a three-person group, and it was a way to start over without really starting over."
Last year, the newly expanded-and-truncated Now, Now recorded their third EP, Neighbors, in their Minneapolis home and released it digitally; the 140 physical copies they created sold out in less than 10 minutes. No Sleep Records re-released Neighbors last December to almost universal acclaim — imagine Kathleen Edwards fronting Motion City Soundtrack — followed this past spring by Neighbors: The Remixes, which were more or less stopgap releases.
"We intended to release some unreleased songs we had sitting around; they weren't in time for Cars but they probably wouldn't be on a full length," says Dalager. "We decided that since we hadn't released anything in so long, we would give the kids who were looking to us something. But we ended up with a manager and a label, which was way more than we were intending on happening."
Back in May, the band announced they were working with renowned producer Howard Redekopp on their sophomore full-length. Dalager is clearly excited by the results that Now, Now has achieved with Redekopp at the board and is eager to release the soon-to-be-finished product.
"It's been amazing," says Dalager excitedly. "We were kind of scared because we're used to doing everything exactly how we wanted. It is seriously one of the best experiences I've ever had in my life."
With Neighbors and the as-yet-untitled second album, Abbott became a full writing partner in Now, Now, and while Dalager notes that their creative process didn't change substantially, she admits that the guitarist definitely altered the band's dynamic.
"She writes really interesting guitar parts that are kind of mind-blowing. Each of us has a style that we bring to the table, and she adds another one into the mix which is really nice, to have another person to bounce ideas off of," says Dalager.
While Cars and Neighbors still dominate Now, Now's set list, the trio will definitely be throwing in a handful of songs from the new album, which they hope to record at the end of this year.
"We've been playing a couple of them for the past couple of tours, earlier in the year, but we just added a couple more new ones," says Dalager. "It's fun to play new stuff."