Carswell & Hope
Irishman Nick Carswell fronts alternative rock 4-piece based in Lawrence, Kansas. Taking cues from Wilco, Glen Hansard and Sufjan Stevens, Carswell & Hope mix vintage rock sounds, vocal harmonies and deft songwriting to create a new yet familiar sound with folk and rock influences, and epic moments.
Carswell & Hope came together when Irishman Nick Carswell arrived in Lawrence, Kansas with his guitar in tow. Fresh from the debut release with his outfit The Elective Orchestra, the Irish singer-songwriter was eager to find a new musical outlet to provide the soundtrack to his new US adventure. This is where Jason Slote (drums), Dan Hines (bass) and Austin Quick (keys) came together and Carswell & Hope was born. The debut LP "A Hunger" is due for release April 2014, and Carswell & Hope are making waves in and around the US Midwest.
With a clear appreciation for the sounds of classic rock, from The Beatles to Neil Young, the band's tone is a blend of psychedelic, Pink Floyd interrupting Motown, channelling Van Morrison and Wilco. Think Mumford & Sons meet Sigur Ros and Glen Hansard shows them around town.
Carswell & Hope bring vintage sounds and sensibilities with big harmonies, carefully crafted textures and inventive songwriting. Afraid neither of a good old-fashioned rock tune or an epic sweeping opus, Carswell & Hope are a new sound, fresh from the plains of Kansas.
"Its refreshing to uncover somebody like Carswell who is prepared to think, write and play outside the box. His use of a string section [The Elective Orchestra] brings a level of sublimity to his top-notch songwriting, and whereas too many songwriters are one-trick ponies, Carswell injects all his work with appropriate degrees of soul and passion."
Hot Press music magazine