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Now You See Them, and they're on the Mountaintop



Article Published: Aug. 26, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Now You See Them, and they're on the Mountaintop

Now You See Them performs at this weekend's Music on the Mountaintop festival.

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Now You See Them.

Their story is one of international proportions: Literally.

"We met in New York City about five years ago and decided to travel the world together," Shane Conerty said.

In Sydney, Australia, the band just sort of happened. "We weren't very serious," he said.

And then they got deported, "and decided to move to Asheville," Conerty said.
Two years later, music is their full time career.

"When we moved to Asheville, the name took on a different concept," he said.

The name? Now You See Them.

"When we were traveling, it was sort of like a temporary thing," he said. "The phrase now you see it, now you don't ... Now you see them everywhere you go, because we're working really hard."

And it's paying off, with gigs up and down the East Coast.

"We are an indy folk band," Conerty said. "We play acoustic indy pop music. Basically, we have a lot of influence from '50s and '60s pop music, like do-wop music and guy and girl groups and we try to put a modern spin lyrically on old style music."

And that spin is taking them places.

This particular place, Music on the Mountaintop, means more to the crew than other gigs. After all, the sustainable aspect of the show is something they want to get behind.

"It's wonderful," he said. "Especially with Western North Carolina, a lot of places are on board with sustainability and just being generally more green than the rest of America. I think that's great. Anything that musicians can do to support that is really great, too, because it's so much easier to get a message across through music ... Music is a great tool to waking people up to different causes, so I think what (Music on the Mountaintop organizer) Jimmy (Hunt) has done for the whole scene is just great and, hopefully, it will just keep getting bigger and bigger."

While Now You See Them has never played Boone, they'll feel right at home with friend groups like Holy Ghost Tent Revival and Uncle Mountain. Their friends, however, aren't the only ones Conerty is excited to see.

"Keller Williams is a favorite of mine," he said. "I've been watching him since I was a teenager."
Now it's time for Williams to return the favor.

For more information, visit http://www.myspace.com/nowyouseethem.


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