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Fourth Of July On The Plains

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Album Review

The Fourth of July is a family project, and it sounds like it. Even beyond the casual harmonies of brothers Brendan Hangauer (lead vocals and guitar), Patrick Hangauer (bass) and Kelly Hangauer (keyboards and trumpet; a fourth brother is their manager), which have that familial closeness non-related bandmates can never replicate, there's just a low-key, relaxed vibe to Fourth of July on the Plains. Lightly comic tunes like "Why Did I Drink So Much Last Night?," an Everly Brothers-like acoustic folk-pop duet, and the sardonic rockers "Surfer Dude" and "Pimps in Paris" sit comfortably next to slightly more earnest efforts like the gloriously sunny power pop of "She's in Love" (which features some terrific Kinks-like background vocal hooks), and everything has an effortless quality that keeps Fourth of July on the Plains light and breezy in the manner of early Nick Lowe albums.

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Lawrence, KS

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The Fourth of July are as easygoing and as rooted in family as an Independence Day barbecue in their hometown of Lawrence, KS. The core of the band consists of three brothers: lead singer and guitarist Brendan Hangauer, bassist Patrick Hangauer, and keyboardist and trumpet player Kelly Hangauer. Veterans of various local bands, the brothers formed the Fourth of July in 2001 (a fourth brother manages the band) as an expansion of a one-man solo project by Brendan. Over several years of local gigs and...
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