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Track of the Weekend: The Hope Trust–Throw Me Overboard

14 Jan


After I first heard them a little over a year ago, The Hope Trust– currently consisting of Kelly Upshaw, Jeremy Buller, Andy Odom, Mike Upshaw and Grady Don Sandlin–became one of my favorite local bands. I heaped praises on The Incurable Want , their first full-length album, when I spotlighted “Whatever Suits You” as a track of the day.

The band released The Incurable Want back in 2007, but they’re finally back with a new release. I heard several of the songs, in their raw state, back in April of 2010. Nine long months later, the album has been born. The band christened their new bundle of joy Light Can’t Escape.

Light is clearly a Hope Trust record. It’s got Kelly Upshaw’s airy-yet-powerful, smooth-yet-gravelly vocals; strong instrumentals (no surprise); themes of love, loss and faith; and a country, pop and rock influence. But much of the country element has been stripped away in favor of melodic tunes with the strong hooks that they already had a penchant for and have now perfected.

“Throw Me Overboard” is the first single from the album, and it was expertly chosen as it’s the most hook-filled of the bunch.

The Hope Trust–Throw Me Overboard

Verdict: The catchy opening bassline and steady drum beat immediately suck you in (think Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. in U2’s more understated, emotional songs), with keys holding you there. Then Upshaw’s distinct vocals chime in, painting a metaphor of a torn lover as a homesick sailor. On the chorus, the guitars build and the song becomes a full-fledged anthem.

Light Can’t Escape debuts on February 8, 2011. The Hope Trust will play an album release party at Dan’s Silverleaf on February 11, along with Matthew and the Arrogant Sea and Baruch the Scribe.

(Lost) Track of the Day: The Lonelies–Wait Till the Girls

12 Apr

Doug Burr in the studio with The Lonelies, 2006 (Photo: Jason Upshaw)

(Note: Due to the sheer number of submissions we receive there is no way we can give each and every album the attention (and word count) it deserves, but we can devote time to at least one song from each. So we started this feature to give worthy bands, and their music, a spot to shine. We hope this helps you discover new and exciting acts, and as always if you enjoy the music please make an attempt to support the artist by either attending a show or buying a record.)

By Jesseca Bagherpour

Kelly Upshaw of The Hope Trust wanted me to share this little gem because it’s been buried for a while and he thought it was time to share it. The song was recorded about 10 years ago, when The Lonelies’ lineup consisted of Doug Burr on guitar and lead vocals, Andy Odom (also of the Hope Trust) on bass, Dave Sims on guitar and Upshaw on drums.

I was hoping to post a comical photo of the group, all baby-faced and posing inexplicably in a field of tall grass. But, alas, I have no scanner and was unable to upload it. It’s probably best, as the photo may only serve to embarrass both the musicians in it and the photographer who took it (although I will say that Fabio-esque locks, tiny hoop earrings and a slightly silly hat are involved).

But I digress. Let’s get to the song:

The Lonelies–Wait Till the Girls

Verdict: Though there’s no photographic evidence of it, you can tell how long ago this track was recorded and how young the group members were by the vocals. Doug Burr has matured quite a bit as a vocalist (not to mention a lyricist) since he recorded this tune. But this track still holds a great deal of charm and it’s undeniably catchy–I’ve caught myself singing it a few times since my first listen and it keeps softly echoing in my head. Burr had the gift back then and he’s still got it.

The never-ending NX35 track-by-track: Week 1

19 Feb

So here’s the deal: we’ve been fairly light on the NX35 coverage due mainly to, well, some “involvement” with the festival. In an effort to provide some level of “countdown” coverage, we are going to go through 20 tracks from 20 bands at a time every Friday until the weekend of the conferette. (For those of you who are a little slow, there are three weeks left until NX35, which means we will be sharing 60 tracks with you.) Let’s hope this helps all of you have a better understanding of the music that is quickly approaching. If you like any of the bands, check out when/where they’re playing and possibly find out more info at NX35.com. Continue reading

Track of the Day: The Hope Trust- Whatever Suits You

17 Dec
The Hope Trust

Photo: Carmen Holt

(Note: Due to the sheer number of submissions we receive there is no way we can give each and every album the attention (and word count) they deserve, but we can devote time to at least one song from each. So we started this feature to give worthy bands, and their music a spot to shine. We hope this helps you discover new and exciting acts, and as always if you enjoy the music please make an attempt to support the artist by either attending a show, or buying a record.)

By Jesseca Bagherpour

I realize I’m a little late with my discovery of The Hope Trust. They released The Incurable Want, the album today’s track comes from, in June 2007 and released a self-titled EP before that. All of that came after singer/songwriter Kelly Upshaw started the band as a solo project. But now that I’ve finally listened to the band, I’m thoroughly impressed.

They have elements of some of my favorite artists–Wilco, The Pernice Brothers and Bob Dylan, among others. Speaking of Dylan, Upshaw sounds strikingly like Bob’s son Jakob (with a little more grit), although I’ll take The Hope Trust over The Wallflowers or even Jakob’s recent, more mature work.

The Incurable Want is an apt title for the album. I find myself feeling a familiar ache in the pit of my stomach, that wistful pang that comes when I think about failed or missed opportunities, especially romantic ones.

The Hope Trust- Whatever Suits You

Verdict: It was difficult to pick on stand-out track from the album, but “Whatever Suits You” embodies its best elements–evocative lyrics, gorgeous vocal harmonies, twangy steel guitar and immaculate drumming. It’s mournful yet uplifting, like all great love songs.

Rundown: 9/29 to 10/4

28 Sep

This Trees thing annoys me. Really I hate the way it’s being heralded as the savior of Deep Ellum, despite the fact that the bar is catering to the Firewater set by bringing in bands who are sans radio play, and were popular for like a second in about 1998 (Looking directly at you Powerman 5000, and really who would have thought a Ozzfest band would take their name from a Kinks album.). Seriously, there were 4 news stations there covering it’s opening, Vanilla Ice sold out the place, and various media outlets are have continually gone ape shit with coverage of the places exploits.

The fact of the matter is what John Is does with Parade of Flesh is a thousand times more influential to the “scene” down there then anything Trees has done so far. Seriously, the man tirelessly books a wide variety of quality acts in various clubs in the area, and doesn’t get a quarter of the press that shitty bar gets, and that’s a tragedy.

I’m taking this space to thank John for the hard work, Parade of Flesh continues to book some of the top shows in the area, and it’s much appreciated.

Big week around these parts folks, take a look at the shows, and start making plans to go out.

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