This week’s band feature of Camp Punksylvania is The What Nows?!. This energetic five piece ska and punk influenced band hails from Reading PA. Originally formed over a decade ago as a two person acoustic
This week’s band feature of Camp Punksylvania is The What Nows?!. This energetic five piece ska and punk influenced band hails from Reading PA. Originally formed over a decade ago as a two person acoustic band called Berg and Jerry, it has expanded to include bass, drums, and horns and thus The What Nows?! was formed. The band describes itself as fun, fast, and loud, and with their last year release of Misread Allegory, the album is very true to its word! With musical influences that include Streetlight Manifesto, NOFX, Jeff Rosenstock, and Less than Jake, their music is a rollercoaster of melt your face, skank your butt off tunes, with just enough mellow sounds to bring down your heartbeat before another blast.
Berg as vocals and ukulele is the original member of the band “we’ve gone through a million lineup changes, hopefully this lineup sticks. It’s been the most fun and creative it has been in years!” Dylan who plays the trumpet, has been friends with Berg since high school, and officially joined the band in 2011.
The newer members of the band Devin who plays drums and Chris as vocals and guitar “Devin and I were part of another nameless punk band, I had met Berg at a show with the previous version of this band 2 years prior to joining. When we lost our last bassist, I asked Austin who I work with, if he would like to join”. “Austin is very new to the band, he hasn’t played a show with us yet” adds Berg. “I’m a bit of the odd one here at least where musical inspiration goes” explains Austin “most of my influences come from the Classic Rock scene, The Who are my number 1, more recently I’ve been listening to a band called the Struts, very glam rock. I also listen to alternative, think MUSE, that’s the heaviest stuff I listen to”.
The band released Misread Allegory in 2019, a decade long project Berg explains “this was a long process. Most of the album is songs written over the past decade and before most of the current band members, excluding Dylan. Releasing this album was a relief, it was the closing of one door, while opening another, with our new lineup and be able to write new songs.” Chris adds “we’re excited to write all new material. It feels like we have a lot more time to write now than we did before”.
As for now the band is gearing up to play at the Schuylkill County Brewfest on May 16th but are aware that with the current pandemic COVID-19 this may change. “Right now we’re playing things by ear, we hope to get some practice in while making sure we take extra precautions due to the virus,” says Berg. He also adds, “stay inside, be kind, and be smart. Support your artist friends, whether it’s buying their music or their merch, even just sharing their pages to your friends.” “I know this has caused a lot of stress and anxiety for folks, just try to stay calm, and take each day as it comes. It’s a scary time, but we’ll get through this soon,” says Chris.
When asked about how they feel performing at Camp Punksylvania in August, the guys are “pumped as shit!” Until then you can like their Facebook page, purchase their music online on all streaming platforms, or check out their Bandcamp.