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EDITORS’ NOTES

On their third album, The Strumbellas’ huge folk-rock sound is rendered even huger. While their past LPs were rooted in a decidedly down-home aesthetic—like a bunch of old friends playing in a corner bar—Hope feels like a shot at the stars. On rustic-hued tunes such as “We Don’t Know” and “Spirits,” singer Simon Ward aches on lines like, “I’ll be a dreamer 'til the day I die/But they say, ‘Oh, how the good die young,'” before the six-piece band explodes in a gorgeous, chill-inducing chorus of piano, guitar, strings, claps, stomps, and fervent group singing. That’s the record’s strength again and again—compellingly written songs, expert arrangements, swelling emotion, and the beauty of many voices becoming one.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their third album, The Strumbellas’ huge folk-rock sound is rendered even huger. While their past LPs were rooted in a decidedly down-home aesthetic—like a bunch of old friends playing in a corner bar—Hope feels like a shot at the stars. On rustic-hued tunes such as “We Don’t Know” and “Spirits,” singer Simon Ward aches on lines like, “I’ll be a dreamer 'til the day I die/But they say, ‘Oh, how the good die young,'” before the six-piece band explodes in a gorgeous, chill-inducing chorus of piano, guitar, strings, claps, stomps, and fervent group singing. That’s the record’s strength again and again—compellingly written songs, expert arrangements, swelling emotion, and the beauty of many voices becoming one.

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About The Strumbellas

A Juno award-winning sextet from Toronto who generate a spirited blend of folk, pop, alt-country, and indie rock that they dub "folk popgrass," the Strumbellas were founded in 2008 by head songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist Simon Ward, keyboardist/vocalist David Ritter, lead guitarist Jon Hembrey, violinist Isabel Ritchie, bass player Darryl James, and drummer Jeremy Drury. Invoking names like the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons, the group issued their eponymous debut EP in 2009, followed by a series of high-profile shows and festival gigs. Their first full-length outing, 2013's My Father and the Hunter, landed a Juno nomination in the Roots & Traditional Album of the Year category, and their Six Shooter Records-issued sophomore long player, We Still Move on Dance Floors, earned a second nomination in the category, as well as their first win. Led by the Billboard Alternative Songs chart-topper "Spirits," their third LP, Hope, arrived in spring of 2016. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • FORMED
    2008

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