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Is It Now?

"Coolest song in the world – Black Sheep"
— Little Steven Van Zandt, Underground Garage

"It's fooking GREAT, Jeeezis. I should have known. It's like... early Stones... Yardbirds... the Music Machine... the Animals... oh its f**king AWESOME. It ROCKS. The answer to the question "is it now?" is... it IS. And then it's NOT because it's so perfectly THEN. And then it's now, again."
— Bill Kates, XM Satellite Radio
"Pure nitroglycerine…Black Sheep is what a street fight between The Pretty Things and The Stooges would sound like. It's got hooks as sharp as switchblades, and it'll cut you if you look at it funny."
— Peter Lindblad, Goldmine
"The true teen originators of vintage-'66 Jersey Beat (read all about it in Richard X Heyman's literally loud Boom Harangue book), Plainfield, N.J.'s very own Doughboys have just now released their first new recordings in -- wait for it! -- four long decades. Yet so far from sounding in any way retro-stalgic, the band's debut CD (produced at the House of Vibes in Highland Park, N.J.) is quite simply, quite pimply, a red-white-and-blues-too, all-American roller-rock wonder that easily puts such pretenders to the Jersey throne as that Boss man, for one, straight to shame and back. Nothing but cool, crafty meat 'n' potatoes rock and soul -- and whenever none other than original Nashville Strawb John Hawken adds his Alan-priceless 88's to the equation, things get even, well, doughier! Yes, in a fair and just world, the D-Boys' "Too Little Too Late" for starters would be tops inside not only Little Steven's Underground Garage -- but that's hardly any excuse to keep on waiting to get your own copy of this disc."
— Gary Pig Gold,
"Despite the four decades that have transpired since [The Doughboys] last recorded together, there's still zeal and tenacity in their seamless blend of vintage-sounding originals and choice classic covers."
— Performing Songwriter, January 2008
"Combines spirited, authentically tough-sounding period covers with grounded originals that admirably capture the vibe of the era."
— Ken Barnes, USA Today
"The mixes are really fine - and the new stuff really cooks. I'm looking forward to playing it in the car where I can turn up the volume (and not disturb the neighbors). It's easy to tell that all of you are enjoying being together making straight ahead really good sounds."
— John Zacherle, "The Cool Ghoul"
"It took the band seven years to get this out but it sounds like it was worth the wait. This is uncomplicated, rock and roll…The Doughboys evoke the Kinks, the Yardbirds and the Stones in the way that only bands that lived and breathed their essence could. A surprise packet with character you can't buy, this will delight fans of the bands that these Doughboys obviously took to heart. Grab a copy…"
— (Australia)
"The Doughboys (featuring power pop god Richard X. Heyman on drums) are the garage revivalists of your dreams…[and] also have an absolutely killer album out."
— Powerpop.blogspot (Steve Simels)
"The Doughboys' debut disc is a killer…the original material is catchy and edgy [and] are great tunes that evoke the true spirit of that great time period of 1965-66 American garage rock. To say I like this record is an understatement. I love it."
— Blue Suede News
"One of the coolest records ever made…"
— Paul Mazursky (actor, director)
"Lovers of '60s-style garage rock will find it to be an excellent and thoroughly rewarding reunion album for The Doughboys."
— Alex Henderson, All Music Guide
"This CD, a combination of originals and covers, retains all the excitement of a live performance, and with its "less is more" approach (too often lacking in many rock bands) gets the point across in song after song. All lean, no fat. With a solid, dynamic rhythm section, short sharp solos and strong vocals, they rock from start to finish. I love it."
— John Hawken, Strawbs, Nashville Teens, Renaissance
"Some things do get better with age and this band is one of them."
— Bob Makin, Courier News
"The Doughboys' bluesy Stones-Animals tunes have an authenticity that would be missing if played by high schoolers…This is no slavish imitation of a period and a sound. The Doughboys were present at the creation, and they remember a thing or two about real rock 'n' roll."
— Post-Herald, Rochester, MN
"The Doughboys play a very exciting raw mixture of R&B, soul and garage rock. The album starts with amazing tracks: Black Sheep (Francis/Scavone) and Out of the Night (Heyman). Authentic but yet it's now. How long ago has it been that the Stones made an album like this...?"
— Hanx, The Netherlands
"Straight outta Plainfield, New Jersey's Doughboys still have their mojo after 43 years of gigging. These four boyhood pals have remained musical kindred spirits. You can't plan the seamless melding on songs like Black Sheep, Hear Me Moan and Too Little Too Late. They reveal their inspirations by covering Bobby Troup's Route 66 and the Animals' I'm Cryin'. You'll cry too when you realize these guys never became the stars they shoulda been."
— Alan Bisbort, Hartford Advocate, CT
"This has quickly become my favorite CD. Every track is a winner. I highly recommend this CD to anyone. Great job Doughboys."

— Tony Stanislao, CD Baby customer
"Passion is indeed found in abundance throughout this labor of love...Is It Now? is hopefully the first of many such timeless treasures to come."
— Mike McDowell, Blitz Magazine
"This is the sound of the garage, wide open in the sweltering summer; guitars raging from overheated amplifiers; the singer bulleting sweat against the microphone; the bass and drums digging in deep, one passionate thump at a time. This is it, the returning sound of Plainfield, New Jersey's favorite sons, the Doughboys, ripping at their axes and skins for a whole new generation of beat fanatics. And a welcome return it is. Is It Now? is a stone-cold gas. Just remember to keep the garage doors open, ventilation being a thing and all."
— Alan Haber, Buhdge
"This great and gutsy album…crackles with vim and vigor…hot and nasty vocals, complemented by kicking guitar licks, wild drumming and the bluesy bellow of a harp anchor the ship. Original numbers such as Black Sheep, Too Little Too Late, Out of the Night, Hear Me Moan and She Comes In Colors firmly demonstrate the band's instinct for creating the kind of music that motivated them to do what they do in the first place. Echoes of the early Rolling Stones, the Animals, the Shadows of Knight and Paul Revere and the Raiders bounce off the walls left and right. You have been warned! The Doughboys have returned with a vengeance!"
— Beverly Paterson, Lance Monthly