Newport-formed Today Is Tomorrow reunites decades later

A lot can happen in 21 years. Children become adults, those adults get jobs, and the responsibilities and obstacles that life can bring can accumulate to unprecedented levels. In broad terms, that’s pretty much what happened with Newport punk rock band Today Is Tomorrow.

Guitarist and vocalist Jarrod Pimentel, guitarist Chris Catalan, bassist Bill Medeiros and drummer Chris Correia started the band in 2001, had a good run on the local scene until 2005, then dwindled their presence until 2010 when the Catalan, nicknamed “Cat”, got married and moved to Colorado to start a family. In 2020 the band reunited and released their first record since 2004’s Delusions of Adequacy EP when their feature debut Second Guest was released via Warren-based label 75orLess Records on April 15.

After Medeiros led the band to meet to discuss ideas in Correia’s basement, the record was recorded at New Alliance Studio in Somerville, Massachusetts, with producer Chris Johnson. Their fusion of ’90s punk rock riffs with beatnik lyrics harks back to the band’s early days, but this episode includes a lot more commentary on life experiences.

“It’s just amazing to still be playing with your friends 21 years later,” says Pimentel. “No lineup changes, same basement, better gear, but some of the same. Correia and I were a couple beers deep and he convinced me to reach out to Cat. I called, we had bawled and started texting again almost daily while he was still in Colorado this is really our second attempt we are now boring middle aged guys with houses current wives and ex wives , mortgages, real straight jobs and retirement plans. This is our second chance with the band to really do what we want after giving up on it so many years ago.

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Highlights from the album include “Fire The Architect”, “Preoccupied”, “Hire Red” and “Parking Ticket”. One element of the record that I find interesting is how Pimentel’s vocals have a slight lo-fi quality to them. It’s not at too low a volume where it’s hard to hear, but it also blends well with guitars, drums and bass without having too much presence. From the first to the last title, there is an excellent cohesion, as we can say even for “Raspberry Handsoap” despite it leaning towards the more melodic and acoustic style. It’s a testament to both Johnson’s production skills and the collective songwriting that this amplified quartet exhibits.

Today Is Tomorrow will ring in the Second Guest outlet at Rejects Beer Co. in Middletown on May 27 with Boston garage rock band Salem Wolves. To stream and purchase the album, log on to the band’s Bandcamp page at today-is-tomorrow.bandcamp.com. To keep tabs on what Pimentel, Catalan, Medeiros and Correia are up to in the future, follow and like the band’s Facebook page at facebook.com/TodayisTomorrowRI.

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