East London act Now Ex are an exciting new band creating a unique electronic sound with a cinematic edge. Film director Nick Hampson and collaborator Harry Brokensha are back with their single, First Light, which keeps to the nature of Now Ex’s dark tone but with driving synth bass and a new alternative pop edge. The band spoke with The Fountain about this and their other releases and enthusiasm for playing venues again.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to First Light

The reception to First Light has been great so far. I think a lot of people were surprised when they first heard it as it’s quite a different energy to our first single, whilst clearly being in the same sonic space, but I’m all about that. I’m keen that our music never becomes predictable or monotonous and that we continue to surprise people wherever we can! The next single, coming out end of October, is a continuation of that theme for sure and we’re really looking forward to seeing what people make of it. 

TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence? 

Transient punk pop late night driving music.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release?

The major next thing for us is the music video for First Light, which came out on the 25th September! It’s the first narrative music video that we’ve produced, and my friend Lydia West who is an incredible actress who people might know from Years and Years on the BBC, and who is just absolutely sensational, stars in it with me. We’d been talking about working together for quite a while, and it ended up being this! We also released our single, There used to be a rave here, on the 30th October. I think plan is to head towards an EP, but we’ll see. We definitely have enough music recorded to put one out, but we’re also really enjoying the focus of single releases, and I think as a new band sticking to singles for the time being make a lot of sense. 

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging? 

Now Ex is such a new project that we only got a chance to play one show before lockdown kicked in, which was an incredible night at Extinction Rebellion’s big February event at the Vaults Theatre in Waterloo. But Harry and I played in a band for a good while at Uni before this and used to really enjoy playing at the Troubadour Club in Earls Court. It’s incredibly historic and has a wicked atmosphere. I think I’ve played there 4 or 5 times over the years, either on my own or in a band. Honestly, I think we’d be happy to play almost anywhere at the moment, given how limited that side of things has been for a while! I played a solo show in the basement of a dingy fish and chip shop in East London a few years ago and remember thinking I wouldn’t do that again, but hey, I might be reconsidering my stance on that now!