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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.

Customer Reviews

No future!

This song sounds like a group of high-schoolers on their first day of auditioning for the high school Glee Club. And the name of the group, “Strumbellas” — WORST EVER! But it all seems to fit together.

For Posterity

There are a number of one star ratings. After reading them, I have come to conclusion they weren't written with a sound opinion in mind. I am writing a review solely to encourage this sound that has grown on me.

Awesome group

Young & Wild reminds me of Ray Davies voice
Of the Kinks...seen the movie Middle School
And loved the track...what a attraction to this
Music and felt like it was meant to be discovered as their booking company is named Factor, same as my name...

Biography

Formed: 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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