An eclectic mixture of modern glam-rock & retro-power-pop, unique sound anchored by Elvis Costello-esque harmonies & stellar musicianship.
Make Me Over gets a lot of love
We wanted to honor our cousin Richard Fariña and his wife/musical partner Mimi, so we decided to record our own version of their song "One Way Ticket". We th...
Though only still in their early 20's, Charleston, SC four piece A Fragile Tomorrow was formed in 2003 by Sean and Dominic Kelly (both of whom live with cerebral palsy) with their brother Brendan, in their parents' basement. The band was named in honor of Sean and Dominic’s triplet brother who passed away some eight years earlier; Shaun Rhoades joined in 2006. That same year, they released their debut album, Wishful Thinking.
Early 2008 saw the release of the group’s second album Beautiful Noise, produced by Grammy® award-winner Malcolm Burn (Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, and Patti Smith, among many others). In 2009, they recorded their third record Tripping Over Nothing, with singer-songwriter Danielle Howle producing and Amy Ray, songstress Susan Cowsill, and smart-pop legend Peter Holsapple contributing. Sean and Dominic also made an appearance on Indigo Girls’ live Staring Down the Brilliant Dream album as well as Amy Ray’s 2012 solo release, Lung of Love.
From late 2010 through early 2011, A Fragile Tomorrow joined Indigo Girls on tour, then later that year were invited to tour with The Bangles, the band’s West Coast debut. More high-profile gigs followed throughout 2012, as they shared bills with Antigone Rising, Garrison Starr, Drivin’ N Cryin’, and Matthew Sweet. One Massachusetts critic who caught them opening for Sweet proclaimed AFT as “everything that is right with music.”
In the midst of this hectic touring schedule, A Fragile Tomorrow nonetheless found time to record their fourth record, Be Nice Be Careful, with pop-auteur Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Pavement, etc.) and Ted Comerford co-producing. This batch of songs showed considerable growth not only as songwriters, but as musicians.
Audiophile Reviews said "Be Nice Be Careful redefines power-pop for the 21st Century", while SomethingElse Reviews boasts that “their smart sense of purpose, and a determination well beyond their years, ensures that A Fragile Tomorrow holds its own, even among much more famous contributors. This album ought to be the one that gets them there, too”
Following this album’s release, the band toured the United States and Europe extensively and released a live album from the European leg of their touring "Belgique: Live at AB in Brussels" in 2014.
The group will be releasing Make Me Over their fifth studio album and label debut from MPress Records Fall of 2-15. The album was self-produced and self-engineered, recorded at Low Watt Recording studios in Savannah, GA the studio run by band members Sean and Dominic. They mixed it with Grammy® winning producer Malcolm Burn.
Make Me Over is saturated with the transformative/transgressive air of rock n' roll androgyny inhabiting songs that are complex yet immediately infectious. The album explores new sonic territory for the band inspired by the bold aesthetic explorations of David Bowie, T. Rex, and Brian Wilson as well as the frantic energy of Cheap Trick and The Who. Their performances are thick and swirling with dense layers of multiple guitars and heady vocal harmonizing. Special guests include folk legend Joan Baez, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls, Mark Hart of Crowded House, Vicki Peterson of The Bangles, and John Cowsill of The Beach Boys
Since their inception A Fragile Tomorrow has won the respect of fans and fellow musicians alike through their venerable work ethic, stellar musicianship… and fans in high places!
Make Me Over gets a lot of love
“Make Me Over” is a stellar, glam-infused record that represents both the culmination of all they have learned from their famous friends and talented collaborators, as well as the next bold step in their evolution as a band.
#32 - A Fragile Tomorrow-Make Me Over (Mpress)
A Fragile Tomorrow, Make Me Over (MPress) As trashy, over the top and in-your-face decadent as their last album was taut, restrained, and politely melodic, the boys in A Fragile Tomorrow have grown into a rock ‘n’ roll machine of glam-tastic proportions.
On the flipside of the power-pop coin, the other band would be A Fragile Tomorrow and their masterpiece, Make Me Over. You’ve heard the title track and lead-off single; you’ve read the reviews and the buzz continues to grow and expand, especially after their tour with The Indigo Girls – seeing their name on the Madison Square Garden electronic marquee made me very proud for them. In the time between 2012’s Be Nice Be Careful and Make Me Over, there has been a tremendous growth in sound via the absorption of so many influences – and utilizing those influences to enhance and mature with their own sound.
A Fragile Tomorrow continue to weave the signature sound that’s marked their motif since their founding in 2003, one that’s at once complex and yet also easy on the ears, sensual and yet sophisticated all at the same time. While some tend to identify them as a power pop outfit, in truth they’re far more afield, and on the aptly titled Make Me Over they venture into sonic realms that often sound unexpected. It’s not that they’ve become elusive by any means, but given the hybrid of influences—David Bowie, Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys and Brit rock all have a hand in this sprawling melange—its clear they’re aiming to create a more incisive sound. Thankfully, the melodic elements remain intact, and given the presence of such A-list names as Joan Baez, the Indigo Girls, John Cowsill, Vicki Peterson and Mark Hart of Crowded House, even the more extraneous elements don’t detract from the overall allure. MAKE ME OVER Rating: *******
The boys in Charleston’s A Fragile Tomorrow grow into a rock ‘n’ roll machine of glam-tastic proportions on their latest effort, without sacrificing their melodic core. If anything, they are getting more Beatle-esque and complex, not less. The ambitious nature of the arrangements this time around echoes classic Game Theory on “Hit Parade” and Elvis Costello on “Tell Me How to Feel,” while “Can’t You Hear Me” envisions a more manic XTC. A guest spot from Joan Baez and the Indigo Girls on the closing “One Way Ticket” ends things on a bluesy, brawny note. — Kevin Oliver
Up next was “Tie Me Up Again”, a power pop jewel so maybe I spoke a bit too soon. Both “Billion” and “One of Two, Two of Three” bring the melodic noise as well Elsewhere, “Tell Me How to Feel” adds some real nice 12-string while the driving “Hit Parade’ shows the band firing on all cylinders. I guess I stand corrected, aside from the opening cut, which I didn’t like, the rest of the album is fairly strong
From South Carolina comes the latest release from the alternative pop band A Fragile Tomorrow titled "Make Me Over." Since starting out in 2003, the band has been an underground sensation that has found a following among fellow musicians like the Indigo Girls, The Bangles and Matthew Sweet just to name a few. Their new album begins with the power rocker "Make Me Over (Noddy Holder)" as the band comes through with a chip on their shoulder. The big arena sound of "Billion" and the light-hearted pop of "Kissing Games," show that A Fragile Tomorrow are ready to become a mainstay on the radio. Their song "Tell Me How To Feel" sounds as if it came from the Elvis Costello songbook, while "Hit Parade" shows the band having fun experimenting with their sound. The new thirteen-song release closes with the up-tempo power pop of "Can't You Hear Me?" and the country/folk rock of "One Way Ticket," which features help from Joan Baez and the Indigo Girls.
Following quickly on the heels of our (rather glowing) review of their Make Me Over album a couple weeks ago, Stereo Embers is proud to present the world premier view of A Fragile Tomorrow’s “Can’t You Hear Me?” video, shot live back on September 1st in a very lively Tel Aviv. With all those elements of “smart aggressive killer pop” present and vividly accounted for – the harmonies, the bright chiming guitars, the rhythmic bounce sharp enough to draw blood – the Kelly twins lead their four-piece through a setlist finale that, judging by the crowd’s jubilant mood, comes after a rousing, ebullient performance. Passionate, genuine, and unrestrainedly precise, it’s the perfect clip on which to launch your weekend and send you into your Friday night energized and smiling. Thanks, lads!
A few weeks ago, we told you about the wonderful new album from A Fragile Tomorrow, Make Me Over. Well, now – here’s the video companion piece to the title track and lead-off single, “Make Me Over (Noddy Holder)”. Give a listen – take a look and then go out and buy the album. These guys are something special. And that’s not said lightly.
"The band is poised on the bleeding edge of power pop and the opening single “Make Me Over” swirls with heavy riffs over a melodic chorus backed by harmonies and thickly textured rhythms. It’s the sound of a band that is restless and not going to play it safe. “Tie Me Up” is a mid-tempo soul searching drama and lead singer Sean Kelly does a great job here. You also hear a some beautiful subtleties in the tight harmonies of “One Of Two, Two of Three” and the sweet composition of “Tell Me How To Feel” make these tracks big highlights. The final track “One Way Ticket” with guests Joan Baez and The Indigo Girls, is just mesmerizing as both a tribute and a re-make. This is a densely packed album that deserves multiple listens and it's highly recommended."
"Make Me Over" is built on a muscular guitar riff that's more glam than jangle, and even the most plaintive power-pop tunes, like the wistful mid-tempo ballad "Tell Me How to Feel," pairs the band's trademark chiming guitar lines and retro harmonies with lingering distortion and a hazy bed of noise slid low into the mix.
"One thing’s for sure: when it comes to songwriting, these boys are top tier. Structure, layering, and overall composition are all solid—such an important and impressive skill, to create tracks as watertight as these. Honestly, I had never heard of A Fragile Tomorrow before—but now, I have their albums playing on repeat and can’t get their songs out of my head. To put it simply, I was blown away by how incredible this was. And to Brendan, Sean, Dominic, and Shaun—I can’t wait to see what you think of next"
Sometimes it’s just what you need, smart aggressive killer pop painted in great wide rocking strokes the underlying brushwork of which not only stands up to nuanced scrutiny but invites it with outstretched arms and an undeterrable confidence. In the case of Make Me Over, it’s as if the record, deep in its grooves, knows you need it and is only too eager to oblige. Such, anyway, is the impression gleaned from listening to the new release from Charleston four piece A Fragile Tomorrow.
Previously hailed as a power pop act, AFT throws off the often-limited confines of that genre by imbuing the self-produced Make Me Over with some psychedelic flourishes, a bit of glam-like crunch ‘n’ stomp, a few pretty, moody (and pretty moody) atmospheric numbers, and some Beach Boys-like vocal touches (on the devastating kiss-off “Tell Me How to Feel,” where, in a stroke of plain-spoken genius, lead vocalist/songwriter Sean Kelly rhymes the title with “when the shit got real”). - See more at: http://www.goldminemag.com/blogs/fragile-tomorrow-scores-make#sthash.S0bajYsq.dpuf
"It is a mix of about 40 years of music in one collection. The signature harmonies of brothers Sean and Dominic Kelly bring obvious comparisons to The Beach Boys. The music pulls from glam rock, power pop, '80s college rock, and folk. I worry a bit that the music will appeal to my generation, and be lost on anyone born in the mid '90s or later. If so, that is a shame. A Fragile Tomorrow should be on regular play at Sirius/XM's "The Spectrum" channel. f you’re a musician, it’s a surprise to hear a band write something more than a simple melody over the same four chords. People used to write music with this kind of care, but not so much any more."
Charleston, SC’s A Fragile Tomorrow return with a bang on their fifth album in twelve years. Make Me Over celebrates the past forty years of rock’n‘roll by blending power pop punch, glam rock flair and a classic rock sense of melody into a single vision. The vocal harmonies of brothers Sean Kelly, Brendan Kelly and Dominic Kelly recall the familial dreaminess of The Beach Boys packed with Cheap Trick’s exuberance, blending perfectly with the lyrical instrumentation of the songs. Subtle aspects of the production add dimension to the tracks, creating a dynamic backdrop for tales of unrequited love, alienation and general confusion. It’s Teenage Fanclub by way of Sloan with a touch of Matthew Sweet. With over a decade under their belts, A Fragile Tomorrow show no signs of slowing down. The future looks very strong indeed.
"On their latest, ‘Make Me Over,’ A Fragile Tomorrow is thick with pop goodness, swirling soundscapes and layered guitars. They add a full mix of sounds to their songs, giving them plenty of weight to sink your teeth into. I defy you not to bounce around with the jangly rocker “Hit Parade” or rock out to the title track, which opens the 13-song album. As a whole, ‘Make Me Over’ is a complex album, but not hard to get into. The songs have their own personality, painting a wide swath its many styles. In short, A Fragile Tomorrow’s ‘Make Me Over’ is a fun listen for anyone who misses the sugary pop sounds of the 1990s"
A Fragile Tomorrow - Make Me Over (CD, MPress, Pop) So many bands don't have a defined sound, style, or image. This band has all three. A Fragile Tomorrow is a four piece band based in Charleston, South Carolina that is bound to leave an impression on you. The group is led by identical twin brothers Sean Kelly and Dominic Kelly, both of whom are living with cerebral palsy. Rounding out the band are Brendan Kelly (a third brother but not identical) and Shaun Rhoades. The band's influences include David Bowie, T. Rex, Brian Wilson, Cheap Trick, and The Who. But the overall sound of the tracks on Make Me Over are much more current than these influences might suggest. In addition to having a heavily stylized sound similar to the artists they admire, the guys in this band are also rather stylish with their clothes and overall appearance. Great songs, a strong image, and a strong presence...all add up to a band that is impossible to ignore. A Fragile Tomorrow songs are smart, reflective, melodic, and ultimately very catchy. This is one of those rare cases where the folks in the band are doing everything right. Top notch cuts include "Make Me Over (Noddy Holder)," "In My Mind," "Can't You Hear Me?", and "One Way Ticket (Coda)." Top pick.
"Get your hands on this album and listen to it because I’m satisfied in knowing that once you do, you won’t stop listening to it for days and days. And then you’ll be turning others onto A Fragile Tomorrow. Which is my point. Everyone needs to know this band. And I mean EVERYONE."
"The track itself reimagines Mimi and Richard’s stripped back original version as a raucous, experimental romp. The chugging acoustic guitars and plunking pianos are replaced with ethereal electric guitars and distorted organs. Baez and the brothers harmonize elegantly amidst the madness, with Baez giving a poignant vocal solo in the middle. It’s a gorgeous and eccentric tribute from two different families and generation."
A Fragile Tomorrow are set to deliver their fifth studio album, ‘Make Me Over,’ on October 16, a testament to their work ethic and talent to deliver such strong power pop sounds time and again. They’re partnering with Grammy-winning producer Malcolm Burn, who was also at the helm for their debut. We wanted to get an idea of what it was like to work together once again, so we asked all parties involved if they’d let us in on a discussion of their work together and how AFT has grown over time.
A Fragile Tomorrow Announce MPress Debut "Make Me Over", Tour dates with Indigo Girls Fall 2015, Dates in Tel Aviv, Israel with K's Choice, PopMatter premieres "Make Me Over (Noddy Holder) track, Cryptic Rock show review, worldwide, PledgeMusic campaign launched.
Ubiquitous in the UK, a classic rock curiosity on North America, it’s high time Slade was given a proper critical reevaluation on this continent. Until that happens, though, the glam rockers remain something for young people to discover. And who knows, maybe someone who hears this terrific new track by A Fragile Tomorrow, written in tribute to Slade and their singer Noddy Holder, in addition to enjoying the South Carolina band’s boisterous powerpop will be compelled to delve into Slade’s wonderful discography.
Before Toad the Wet Sprocket could grace the stage, the growing crowd was treated to the Power Pop music of A Fragile Tomorrow. Originally from Montgomery, New York, the band formed over a decade ago and have released four full-length albums, and their most recent EP in 2014, Belgique. Consisting of Shaun Rhoades (bass/vocals) and the three brothers Sean (vocals,guitar), Domenic (drums,vocals), and Brendan Kelly (guitar,vocals), this would be a special night for the band, marking their first visit to Long Island.Showing inspirations from several different genres of music, A Fragile Tomorrow carve their own niche and sound. With a new album entitled Make Me Over looming in the near future, the band used their time to give the crowd a great taste of what they were all about. Opening with forthcoming album title track, and going into “Tie Me Up Again, as well as “Kissing Games,” the new material immediately grabbed everyone’s attention. Continuing on, all four members lending vocals to tracks like “Tell Me How to Feel,” “Siouxsie,” and “Billion,” providing for a rich sound. By the time their set concluded with “Can’t You Hear Me,” A Fragile Tomorrow had completely won over the crowd. Those interested in more from the band, Make Me Over is set for releases on October 16th and is available for pre-order right now on PledgeMusic.com. The album will include a bonus track featuring Joan Baez and The Indigo Girls. Also, those who pre-order will see exclusive content in the form of unreleased studio videos, photos, and stories.
|Oct 09, 2015||The Radio Room||Charlotte, NC||Performance|
|Oct 16, 2015||The Cutting Room||New York, NY||Performance|
|Oct 17, 2015||Bsp Kingston||Bridgeport, CT||Performance|
|Oct 23, 2015||Redux Contemporary Art Center||Columbia, SC||Performance|
|Nov 01, 2015||Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts||Baltimore, MD||Performance|
|Nov 02, 2015||Birchmere||Washington, DC||Performance|
|Nov 04, 2015||Mayo Performing Arts Center||Newark, NJ||Performance|
|Nov 05, 2015||Beacon Theatre||New York, NY||Performance|
|Nov 06, 2015||Troy Savings Bank Music Hall||Springfield, MA||Performance|
|Nov 07, 2015||Orpheum Theatre||Boston / Cambridge, MA||Performance|
|Nov 09, 2015||Stone Mountain Arts Center||Brownfield, ME||Performance|
|Nov 10, 2015||Strand Theatre||Rockland, ME||Performance|
|Nov 11, 2015||Paramount Theatre Mainstage||Rutland, VT||Performance|
|Nov 13, 2015||Smith Opera House||Rochester, NY||Performance|
|Nov 14, 2015||Asbury Hall||Buffalo, NY||Performance|
|Nov 15, 2015||Sound Board, MotorCity Casino Hotel||Detroit, MI||Performance|
|Jan 08, 2016||The Wormhole||Augusta, GA||Performance|
|Jan 13, 2016||Pianos||New York, NY||Performance|
|Mar 21, 2016||The Viper Room||Los Angeles, CA||Performance|
|Mar 24, 2016||The Tractor Tavern||Seattle, WA||Performance|
|Mar 27, 2016||Kilby Court||Salt Lake City, UT||Performance|
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