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Hope For Agoldensummer Showcase Tight Harmonies, Familial Bonds and A Strong Sense Of Humor On Latest Tour

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In a style that initially bore a strong resemblance to fellow folk music duo First Aid Kit, but was yet extremely original,  Athens Georgia based band Hope For Agoldensummer stopped by Charlottesville, Virginia in support of their newest release “Life Inside The Body”.  Although they had a few technical difficulties, (such as getting small electric shocks when coming in contact with the microphone!), they took them all in stride with an easy-going attitude and a full menu of songs defined by stunning harmonies.

Sisters Claire and Page Campbell deftly handle vocal duties while playing various instruments such as the singing saw, xylophone, drum kit, and kazoo, among several others. On this tour, they were also joined by Patrick Morales who rounded out their distinctive sound with guitar accompaniments while taking a break from his own project, The Viking Progress.

Alternating between gorgeous a capella gems such as “Cold, Cold Bed” and the sparsely arranged “Daniel Bloom,” the trio moved smoothly between songs, but didn’t forget to intersperse the tunes with thoughtful commentary that clearly displayed  their personalities and gave some insight into how certain songs came to be (It was said that “Corn Maze” was written when the sisters were lost for hours in a corn field. Alas, their reward for such a witty effort was a mere Babe Ruth candy bar.).

In a fine demonstration of how good songs work with any genre, the band also gave a memorable rendition of Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody?,” while simultaneously causing the audience to have a 90’s flashback. Then, in a preview of what’s to come, they teased Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend,” but confessed that it’s not quite ready to be performed for an audience yet because they just started learning it a few days prior to the Charlottesville gig.

Since the band was playing as part of the first annual Tom Tom Founders Festival, they had to adhere to performing within an hour long time slot. However, I could have happily listened to them all evening long and hope they enjoyed their time here enough that they’ll be back soon. Check to see if they’ll be in your town by clicking here.